This week we’ve got one college eliminating testing altogether and another adding a supplemental essay. We also got some updates about tuition reductions for those learning remotely and the fate of fall sports (and beyond).
The University of Miami will have a supplemental essay question for the first time starting this year.
In testing news, Reed College tweeted they will be test-blind for the 2020-2021 application cycle. This means they won’t consider test scores, even if submitted. The University of Rhode Island will be test-optional for 2020-2021 and a new law in Colorado clears the way for CU Boulder to be test-optional next year, as well.
ICE ruled that visas will not be issued for international students whose college or university moves completely online this fall. Harvard and MIT have already responded by suing the federal government to protect student visas.
The Ivy League announced it would cancel all sports until January 2021 due to concerns over Covid-19, making it the first Division I Conference to do so. They follow previous announcements by Bowdoin, Williams, Swarthmore, and Grinnell — all Division III — to cancel their fall sports seasons. Meanwhile, Stanford announced that they’ll be discontinuing 11 of their Varsity athletic programs after the 2020-2021 season due to “finances and competitive excellence.”
As colleges announce their fall reopening plans, parents wonder about a tuition reduction for online learning. Princeton will reduce tuition by 10 percent and Williams College announced a 15 percent tuition reduction for the upcoming academic year.