This week’s college admissions news was again dominated by the impact of Covid on college and university campuses, though some changes to application processes (we’re looking at you, Brown and ASU) and spring semesters (Carnegie Mellon) are already underway.
Northeastern University dismissed 11 first-year students and is keeping their tuition after they clearly violated safety protocols on campus. After witnessing a steady rise in cases, Gettysburg College restricted students to their dorms for the entire week. Across the country, colleges are grappling with keeping students isolated on campus if there is an outbreak, or sending students home and potentially spreading the virus to other communities.
Thinking ahead to the spring, Carnegie Mellon University announced that the spring semester will be delayed and condensed, starting on February 1, 2021 to hopefully miss much of the flu season.
In testing news, the Citadel and the University of Houston announced test-optional policies. In Arizona, Arizona State University dropped the SAT / ACT testing requirement for the Barrett Honors College and the University of Arizona announced that their Honors College is test-blind for students applying for Fall 2021.
Michael Bloomberg has again donated to higher education– this time to Historically Black Medical Schools to help solve America’s black doctor shortage.
And, in what may be a sign of things to come, Brown University has suspended alumni interviews and added a 2-minute optional video instead.