College Admission Process

    As a service to students and families, NACAC has created an online tool that is a central resource on changes to the college admission process due to the coronavirus outbreak. The tool includes information from colleges and universities nationwide on campus closures, deposit deadlines, and other admission-related changes.

    The tool updates automatically in realtime as we receive input from postsecondary institutions. Please share the link widely: nacacnet.org/college-admission-status-coronavirus

    In general, NACAC encourages flexibility with deposit deadlines and other admission-related issues that may be impacted by the outbreak. Open communication between counselors and admission officers about disruptions and possible accommodations is encouraged. For example:

    • School closures may impact the ability of students, teachers, and counselors to complete work, submit transcripts, or send recommendation letters. Education Week is tracking public school districts that are closed. Many, but not all, closed schools are moving to online instruction.

    • Colleges may be closed to students and/or closed to campus visits. Admission events that usually occur at this time—such as campus tours, information sessions, and open house events for admitted students—may be canceled or moved online. Bryan Alexander at Georgetown University is crowd-sourcing a list of colleges and universities that are closed or offering courses online only. 

    • The Common App provides information regarding disruptions such as the coronavirus. If you are impacted, you can reach Common App's dedicated support team via email. Fee waivers may be available if you are facing unexpected loss. Students who are having difficulty sending official test scores also have the option of sending self-reported scores to colleges.

    • Financial aid questions may be a concern. Federal Student Aid's website includes information for students and parents, such as whether students can keep financial aid if their campus is closed and loan repayment questions.


    Testing Dates

    • SAT and AP Tests
      The College Board, which administers the SAT and AP tests, is continually updating its list of test center closings and location changes for both US and international sites.
      • SAT — The SAT for May 2 has been canceled. Makeup exams scheduled for March 28 are also canceled. Registered students will receive refunds.
      • AP — No changes regarding the AP exams have been announced. The College Board will have additional information by March 20.

    • ACT Tests
      ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the US. All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. Please check the ACT website for updates.


    News Items

    • Inside Higher Education: "How the Coronavirus Is Affecting Admissions" (March 9)
    • Forbes: "3 Impacts Of Coronavirus On College Admissions" (Feb. 24) 

    Additional Resources

    About NACAC

    The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 15,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the association's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.