COVID-19 & College

COVID-19 & College Admissions 


Common Application Announces NEW COVID-19 Question
On Tuesday, May 12th the Common Application announced they will include a COVID-19 Essay Question for the Class of 2021. Click here to learn more.

NEW - Virtual College Information Week
April 20-May 21st Strive Scan has announced they will a virtual college fair for students and families. Registration is required and there are a combination of FREE and paid events. You can find more information HERE.

Deposit Dates
Many colleges and universities have moved their deposit date to June 1st. The National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is collecting information about deposit deadlines and other pressing admissions updates. You can access the database here: NACAC College Admission Status Update


AP Exams
AP Exams have started! AP Central has released important updates including 5 Steps to Get Ready. Other considerations are formatting of photos for submission. Find more information here

AP Central previously announced that a written 45-minute, online, free-response exam will be distributed. Students will also have the option to upload a photo of written work. Please note, AP Central is offering free, online instructional support to AP students.

International Baccalaureate 
All May 2020 IB exams are cancelled. You can find more information about these cancellations and stay up to date on further developments through the International Baccalaureate website.


SAT/ACT Tests
The June SAT date has now been canceled. ACT has yet to cancel the June 13th test date. Both the SAT and ACT making plans to prioritize the class of 2021 when testing resumes in person as well as planning for online administration. Please visit and monitor the SAT and ACT websites to stay up to date.
  • The Test Optional Movement: Colleges are aware of these closures and actively discussing how to handle test scores for the Class of 2021. Over the course of the last few years, some colleges and universities have started to move away from standardized testing as a part of their admissions review process. FairTest is keeping us all up to date. 
Tips for Researching Colleges during COVID-19 Closures

  • Many colleges and universities already offer virtual resources for new and prospective students to engage with current students and learn more about their campus. 
    • Institution Website: Dig deeply into the website for the university or college of interest. 
    • Virtual Tours: Does the school offer a virtual tour? These can be found on YouVisit, CampusTours or the school’s website or social media platforms. Having trouble finding one? Try a Google search or explore YouTube to see if the school has their own channel!
      • Virtual Information Sessions: As colleges look to find ways to engage with prospective and admitted students, admissions departments may offer webinars in place of information sessions.
      • Social Media Student Groups: Most commonly found on Facebook, these groups can be organized by incoming class year, major or student organization. If you have been admitted, join your class group to keep updated. If there is an organization you might be interested in joining once you get to college, find that group and reach out to the Administrator with questions about campus life.
      • Admissions Ambassadors: These are students employed by the admissions department who, under normal circumstances, give tours and chat with students and families who visit campus. Reach out to the office of admissions to ask about getting connected with an Admissions Ambassador.