By this time, you’re well aware that the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has emerged as a serious global threat. Fears of the spread have affected gatherings of all sizes around the country, from large events such as SXSW and Coachella, to small gatherings of students in elementary, middle and high school. In addition to high schools closing, SATs & ACTs have been cancelled and/or testing centers have changed locations. As the situation continues to evolve, colleges and universities across the country are taking action to protect students, faculty and staff on campus. Many have already moved to remote (online) instruction to prevent the movement of students across campus, others have asked students to return home for the rest of the semester.
As a result of COVID-19 fears, many universities have also put campus visits, information sessions and tours on hold. You can find a full break down of cancellations and alternative plans here. If you and your family already had plans to visit colleges during your upcoming spring break, you should check with each college and university to ensure they are still open to visitors. Many highly selective universities have cancelled admissions-related activities such as Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University and more in highly threatened regions.
So what can your child do to learn more about a university, interact with students and faculty and demonstrate interest without stepping foot on campus? Here are some tips on how to stay involved with the college search process, virtually:
As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, we hope to serve as a source of support and information.
Amanda earned a BA in rhetoric from Bates College, where she was a Senior Admissions Fellow, responsible for interviewing applicants and leading information sessions. She continues to conduct alumni interviews both in-person and virtually. Amanda manages communication and partnership efforts for AcceptU by facilitating webinars, events, email marketing and technology management.