The coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on everyone and every industry. The timing couldn't have been more difficult for the world of college admissions.
Days away from releasing admissions results for Regular Decision, colleges have to readjust their plans not only in terms of who they admit, but how they get students to enroll. I often say that the pressure on admissions deans is like being the captain of a sinking ship. Those who get admitted are safe. But the captain, her crew, and everyone else are at the mercy of those who escape.
This year, the pressure on the admissions dean is unprecedented. That can mean better odds and results for students still awaiting decisions. Here is what to expect no matter where you are in the admissions process.
1. Expect decisions to be released on time.
2. Admitted student programs are being canceled amid fears of the fast-spreading virus.
3. With great uncertainty, the waitlist will be in full effect.
4. Acceptance rates will rise.
This spring was already shaping up to be a circus with colleges experiencing fewer applications than previous years. Even Harvard University is down 8% in applications from last year. What happens to Harvard is likely to happen to many more colleges.