COVID-19 Related Admissions Resources

National Association of College Admissions Counselors:

On the national level, the National Association of College Admissions Counselors has provided a great resource that collects updates from colleges across the country. You can find that information at the NACAC Website.

Oregon Goes To College

For state-level information, check out the Oregon Goes To College website. They’re maintaining a list of updates for Oregon.

Test optional: Oregon’s public universities won’t ask for SAT or ACT scores. 

All of the Oregon public universities will now be test optional for admissions purposes moving forward. Many colleges across the nation are moving toward being test optional, as well.

Virtual college tours:

You Visit has gathered virtual tours for 600 colleges all in one place.

ACT provides great information about how to make the most of your virtual college visits.

This Washington Post article covers tips on how to get the most out of virtual tours and online resources.

financial aid:

If you have been negatively financially impacted by COVID-19, you can ask for the financial aid office of your intended college to review and adjust your financial aid award package. This process is called Professional Judgment.

Section 479A of the Higher Education Act gives an institution’s financial aid administrator (FAA) the authority to use professional judgment to make adjustments on a case-by-case basis to the cost of attendance or to the values of the items used in calculating the EFC to reflect a student’s special circumstances. The Department encourages FAAs to use professional judgment to reflect more accurately the financial need of students and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In making case-by-case determinations, the FAA must obtain and retain in the affected student’s file documents that supporting and substantiating the reasons for any adjustment.

Here are articles that provide information on how to ask to have your financial aid award adjusted if you and your family have been financially impacted by COVID-19:

NCAA Eligibility:

For more information on adjustments to NCAA Division I and Division II eligibility requirements, visit the NCAA Eligibility COVID-19 page.

Here are a few things you can/should be doing:

  1. Check the university website for updates on admissions.  Some have adjusted admissions requirements or extended decision dates.
  2. Once admitted check your college admissions portal regularly.
  3. Check you own email for college communications sent directly to you. Be sure to open college emails and explore the links they have sent you.
  4. Take advantage of college virtual tours.
  5. Do some in-depth research on the schools to which you've been admitted in lieu of a fly in or campus tour.
  6. If you have additional questions about your potential university, give them a call.