A Covid-19 Benefit??
The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly wreaked havoc on peoples’ lives the world over. Students have suffered a huge experiential loss as graduations, proms and sports competitions have been cancelled or severely curtailed. There is one area, however, where some students may reap a benefit from the coronavirus.
College admissions policies have been modified which may make it easier to gain access to elite universities. More than 60 of the U.S. News & World Report’s “top 100” national universities are not requiring the submission of SAT or ACT scores as part of their 2021-22 application process. All eight of the Ivy League have done so, as well as the following:
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Duke University
- Georgetown University
- Northwestern University
- Rice University
- Stanford University
- Notre Dame
- University of California system schools
- University of Southern California
- University of Virginia
- Washington University (St. Louis)
In addition, several selective liberal arts schools including Williams, Amherst, Swarthmore, Wellesley, Pomona and Middlebury have instituted test-optional policies. Besides saving students money, these new policies may also help the individuals sporting excellent grades, but who struggle with standardized testing, to gain admission to their school of choice.