Happy New Year! We hope this update finds you healthy at the start of 2022. This week, we’re sharing news about campus visits during Omicron, an update on the student strike at Columbia, standardized testing news, and an RIT outpost in Croatia.
Colleges are taking a variety of approaches to campus visits as Omicron numbers spike across the country. Harvard is currently closed, Stanford says visitors can visit “exterior spaces,” The College of the Holy Cross has canceled in-person info sessions, and the UC system has different policies across its nine campuses. Bottom line: make sure to double check what’s offered and what restrictions are in place before you plan any upcoming campus visits.
We reported on the student worker strike at Columbia University a few weeks back and are happy to report that student workers reached a contract agreement with the University this week.
Harvard announced it will remain test-optional for the next four years, and Boston University announced an extension to their test-optional policy for those applying for the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters. Meanwhile, the Iowa Board of Regents voted to end its standardized testing requirement for first-time undergraduates applying to any of Iowa’s three public colleges.
In response to changing trends, Rochester Institute of Technology has launched a new program in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The program is designed for high school graduates who want to improve their credentials for college, love traveling but haven’t been able to due to the pandemic, or want to learn how to conduct college-level research before jumping into full-time undergraduate studies. Any chance we can sign up?!?