College Admission During COVID-19
For up-to-date information, visit college websites often as information evolves
- To assist with evolving information, Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) has created a central resource page with updates and links regarding changes to the college admission process due to COVID-19. This includes a link to the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) search tool. Please utilize the PACAC link below to access that tool and others: College Admission Update Tool
- COVID-19 Related Webinars, Events, and Tutorials
- Virtual College Fairs
- Verto Virtual College Fair 10/28/2020
- Penn State Virtaul Open House- www.openhouse.psu.edu
- Princeton University- students are welcome to attend a Princeton Virtual Information session: https://admission.princeton.edu/virtual-visit/virtual-information-session. In addition to their daytime sessions, they are holding a session at 7pm every other Thursday.
- How to normalize the college search process for juniors during COVID-19
- Updated Test Optional Colleges- Aug. 2020
- Updated Early Action Policies- Aug. 2020
- Updated Early Decision Policies- Aug 2020
College VISITS During COVID-19
- Colleges offering Virtual Tours - Comprehensive list of colleges and whether they are offering virtual tours.
- Bucks County Community College Virtual Visits
- Rutgers- Engineering Info Sessions
- Virginia Tech virtual college visits-
- James Madison University- JMU is hosting through PACAC’s Keystone Virtual College Exploration Program. They be hosting an information session on Friday, October 9th, at 4PM.
Information on Registering:
Registration will open for students and counselors on Thursday, September 17. The full program schedule and links for students to sign up will be housed on the PACAC website. It will remain live there from registration on the 17th through the duration of the program (October 1 - November 6). An additional overview of the program can be viewed here https://www.pacac.org/college-fairs
From Rider University:
- Virtual Open House Week (Launching May 5) - Explore academics, housing, student life, health and wellness, and more through an online hub. Visit rider.edu between May 5 and May 18 to watch on-demand videos and take part in our virtual events.
- Virtual Campus Tour - Students may explore Rider's 280-acre Lawrenceville, NJ campus from the comfort of home by downloading our narrated campus tour presentation (PPT) and viewing our virtual tour.
- Test-Optional Admission - Standardized tests offer a snapshot of a student’s talents, but they don’t provide the full picture. That's why SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission and most scholarships at Rider. Learn more about how students can apply test-optional.
- Lafayette College-
Students can sign up for a wide variety of virtual visits to Lafayette at the link below. We highly encourage students who are very interested in us to interview as well.
Additionally, for any student who would like the opportunity to speak with me in a very informal setting, Lafayette will be holding a Virtual Meet and Greet for students in Bucks County on Thursday, October 29th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Students may drop in at any time during that window, and may sign up in advance at this link: https://connect.lafayette.edu/register/?id=d076799e-5e64-4404-b52a-24c229b1fb6c
CLASS of 2021 admission policies during COVID-19
Below is information on how colleges plan to handle admission for Class of 2021. As we receive information we will post it here:
Penn State will be test-optional for summer/fall 2021
Students applying for admission to Penn State for the summer or fall terms 2021 will have the option of having SAT/ACT scores included in their evaluation for admission. Penn State’s application for summer/fall 2021 will be open for future undergraduate students starting August 1, 2020. Students will indicate via a question on the application whether they want test scores used in the evaluation of their application for admission. Test scores will still be required for admission to certain programs. https://admissions.psu.edu/coronavirus/
- COVID-19 FAQ for prospective students at Rensselear - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will also be test-optional for students applying in the fall of 2021. Please check on their above FAQ link for more information.
- At Dartmouth, we’re acknowledging the gaps that Covid-19 has created for the Class of 2025 by adopting a testing policy change. Last week, we announced a one-year suspension of our standardized testing requirement for candidates seeking undergraduate admission. Dartmouth College is now test optional for the Class of 2025.
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute acknowledges that many high schools have switched to Pass/Fail grading in the middle of the year. WPI's holistic application evaluation process will review a student's candidacy carefully and will consider the context of the COVID-19 outbreak's impact on academic instruction and participation in pursuits outside the classroom. Future applicants to WPI will be held harmless for individual school decisions to move to Pass/Fail grading for part of the 2019-2020 school year. WPI has been test optional for more than a decade. Test scores are not required for admission or scholarship consideration.
- Due to the cancellation of many SAT and ACT test administrations, Boston University hopes to minimize the heightened stress around standardized testing. Boston University will now be test optional for first time students applying for admission for the fall 2021/spring 2022 semesters. This is a temporary, one year change which will be re-evaluated in the spring of 2021. https://www.bu.edu/articles/2020/bu-standardized-tests-optional-admission/
- Message from Yale University. https://admissions.yale.edu/covid-19. This message echoes what many colleges are communicating: they will be understanding as to many of the difficulties you are experiences as a result of this pandemic, and they plan to adjust their approach to admissions as a result.
- Swathmore College- website with FAQs . Swarthmore College is suspending the SAT/ACT testing requirement for first-year applicants for fall 2021 and fall 2022, affecting current juniors and sophomores in high school. To reduce anxiety associated with the college admissions process for current juniors and sophomores, we are suspending the SAT/ACT testing requirement. Students will be able to report previous testing as part of their application process, if they wish. Until now, students could not report the results of their PSAT or PreACT. They will now be able to do so, along with results of any SAT, ACT, AP exams, or IB exams. Sharing exam results will be completely optional, and students who either did not take a test or choose not to share results with us will not be penalized.
college admission views on pass/fail
Below is information on college viewpoints on pass/fail grading in high school:
- Smith College- MA- Pass/Fail Grading: With the move to online learning, many schools have switched to pass/fail or alternative grading. We trust that high schools made this decision in the best interest of their students and we will receive these alternative assessments in good faith. Students will not be penalized for any changes to their school’s grading system, though our expectation is that they continue to put forth their best effort towards class attendance and academic achievement.
Please follow University of Pennsylvania's link below for information from them, and their thoughts on Pass/Fail.
Do we support secondary schools switching to pass/fail grading options at this time?
Schools and districts are making the best decisions they can at this moment in the interest of their students' health and educational experience. We respect and support the decisions schools are making, and recognize these decisions are outside of the students' control. We expect students to make the most of the educational opportunities available to them.https://ask.admissions.upenn.edu/hc/en-us/articles/360040924812-COVID-19-Updates-for-Prospective-Student
college admission changes on admission testing (SAT/ACT)
- Articles describing colleges that are moving to being test optional:
- Test optional colleges - https://www.fairtest.org/
- College Board has added a September SAT administration. Please see below link for further information:
college athletics changes
- NCAA eligibity changes- http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/eligibility_center/COVID-19_Public.pdf