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As of today, on-campus activities for prospective students have been canceled at these schools, but DAILY other cancellations are happening and it appears that most every state is closing all schools. Assume you will not have revisit days or info sessions/tours. Please scroll down for additional updates on testing cancellations.
UPDATE April 15, 2020 from CollegeBoard:
The June 6, 2020 SAT and Subject Test administration is CANCELED.
UPDATE March 24, 2020 from CollegeBoard:
Free, live AP review courses available beginning March 25, 2020.
UPDATE March 19, 2020
Students in England and Wales learned yesterday that the UK government had taken the unprecedented step of canceling this summer’s GCSE and A Level exams because of COVID-19. Instead, students due to sit for these exams this May and June will be awarded a “fair grade” to recognize the work they have done thus far in their coursework.
For sixth-formers (equivalent to U.S. high school seniors) applying to U.S. universities, your predicted A-Levels marks have already been sent to colleges, so your U.S. college decisions won’t be negatively impacted. However, information has yet to be shared with students and families about how the cancelation of these exams will impact admission to UK universities.
This will be tough for UK students in Year 11 since U.S. admissions offices rely on GCSE scores. They do have your mock GCSE results from December/January but those may not be as strong in all cases. The question of how a “fair grade” will be determined will be addressed by UK Education Secretary Gavin Williamson this Friday.
Regardless, with extra time on your hands now, we strongly suggest that UK students planning to apply to U.S. universities next year sit for additional SAT subject tests – especially if you can squeeze one or two into your schedule this June.
Students seeking to sit for the TOEFL exam will find cancelations at test centers worldwide. Coronavirus-related closings and postponements can be found online here.
UPDATE March 16, 2020 from CollegeBoard:
May 2020 SAT administration canceled
“In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled.” Click through the CollegeBoard link above for the full information.
UPDATE March 16, 2020 from AP Central Update:
“The AP Program is developing resources to help schools support student learning during extended closures, as well as a solution that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May. Additional information will be posted by March 20.”
UPDATE March 16, 2020 from ACT:
“The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.”
Are you planning on visiting colleges over spring break or later in the spring semester? Seniors, are you hoping to attend the college preview weekend for your dream school later in April? Are you scheduled to take the SAT or ACT in March or April? Before heading out, check the websites of colleges and universities on your list for updates on COVID-19 related closures.
COVID-19 RELATED COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY CLOSURES
Campus Tours and Information Sessions
Prospective students hoping to visit colleges this spring should check the website or call the admission office before heading to campus. As of today, on-campus activities for prospective students have been canceled at:
- Amherst College – mid-March to April 30
- American University – no guided campus tours between March 18 and April 6
- Babson College – fully online as of March 13, through close of the Spring semester
- Barnard College – until end of March
- Boston College – any campus visitors returning from China, Italy, Iran, or South Korea to self-quarantine at home for 14 days prior to arrival
- Brown—mid-March to mid-April
- Caltech – all on-campus visit programs, canceled until further notice
- Case Western Reserve University – remote education to begin March 18; meetings or gatherings larger than 25 people prohibited through April 20
- Columbia – until further notice
- Cornell – mid-March to April 15
- Dartmouth – March 13 to April 16
- Duke University – spring break extended to March 22 with remote instruction to begin March 23; effective immediately at through at least April 30, group events/tours/student programs canceled
- Georgetown University – switch to ‘virtual learning environments’ as of March 16, until further notice
- Grinnell College – through May
- Harvard University – until further notice
- Kenyon College – through April 5
- Middlebury College – until further notice
- MIT – through May 15
- NYU – through May 1
- Northwestern – mid-March to May 1
- Penn State – online only starting March 16 through April 3
- Pomona College – campus tours canceled as of March 10; info sessions scheduled through March 13 will occur then closed through April 30
- Princeton – until further notice
- Rice University – through April 30
- Scripps College – suspended indefinitely
- Skidmore – no students through March 22; will reassess at that time, seeking alternatives to in-person classroom instruction
- Stanford – March 4 – April 15
- Tufts University – through April 30
- UPenn – through April 17
- UVA – effective immediately and until further notice
- Vanderbilt – March 9 – April 30
- Williams College – mid-March to April 30
- Yale – through April 15
April programs for admitted students
As of today, the following schools have announced that all on-campus programs for admitted students this April have been canceled:
- Amherst College
- Harvey Mudd College
- Williams College
SAT and ACT Test Centers PLUS Major UK Test and TOEFL Exams Latest Cancelations
For the most up-to-date information on exams scheduled for March and April, the best option is to regularly check the College Board and ACT registration pages. Here, you’ll find information on what to do if your test center is closed.
As we know, the situation with COVID-19 is a fluid and fast-changing one. Be sure to regularly check university and testing websites to stay abreast of most recent developments regarding closures or travel restrictions.
Know of any other closures? Let us know in the comments.