Updates on college admissions and enrollment (Fall 2020 and beyond)

The National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) Coronavirus Impact page provides a searchable national database on institutions’ decisions on admissions events, candidate reply deadlines and deposit deadlines.

ACCEPT publishes a national list of colleges and universities that have been delaying deposit deadlines for Fall 2020.

Another NACAC database provides updates from individual high schools  on how their school counselors are continuing to provide college planning and admissions services to their students, especially seniors planning to enroll this fall.

Some school counselors are posting questions about college admissions that their college-bound seniors need answers to, such as:

  • Are you willing to change test requirements or recommendations for juniors or seniors given test date cancellations?
  • Will you require “final” transcripts for accepted or wait-listed seniors?
  • How do you plan to handle AP course completion and/or testing for admission and placement purposes?
  • Will early course registrations or summer programming be offered?
  • Will you honor admission offers for international students without knowledge of current travel restrictions?


The College Board announced SAT testing will be offered starting in August on the following dates: Aug. 29, Sept. 26,  Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5.  SAT Practice resources are provided free of charge by the College Board and Khan Academy.

Registration for 2020-21 ACT tests will open in July 2020.

More institutions have announced that admissions tests will be optional, not required, for Fall 2021 applicants. Examples:

For searchable list of test-optional colleges and universities, visit the National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest).

Virtual Forums and Webinars

What the Coronavirus Means for College Admissions was hosted on April 2, 2020, by the Chronicle of Higher Education in partnership with Maguire Associates, and moderated by Jeff Selingo, Author and Special Advisor, Arizona State University. The speakers were Mike Keane, Senior Enrollment Consultant, Maguire Associates; Angel B. Pérez, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success, Trinity College; and Jeannine Lalonde, Associate Dean of Admissions,  University of Virginia. A full recording of the webinar can be accessed by clicking here.

COVID-19 and Managing Mental Health

The JED Foundation shares some helpful tips and resources.