Impact of Coronavirus on College Admissions

The novel coronavirus is already having an impact on college admissions, and has specific implication for those students interested in applying to be members of the Class of 2025.

Coronavirus is expected to significantly change this year’s college admissions landscape

As of this writing, three main impacts have thus far been identified. They are:

1. Restricted access to testing sites in China will reduce the number of students applying

Because of China’s restrictions on mass gatherings, the standardized tests including the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, and GMAT originally scheduled for February and March of 2020 have been cancelled. As a result, Chinese students have fewer opportunities to take these exams and that will result in a smaller number of Chinese applicants applying for the Class of 2025. According to Aviva Legatt of Forbes many Chinese students have already changed their minds about applying for admission to an overseas college this year. 

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2. Slower enrollment from China

While one third of international students came from China during the 2018-2019 academic year, according to a study conducted by the Beijing Overseas Study Service Association (BOSSA), approximately 36% of students have changed their plans to study abroad because of the COVID-19 outbreak. While The National Association of College Admissions Counseling has made a statement to encourage universities to be flexible with applicants, as of February of this year, no colleges have made public statements.

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3. Should a recession occur, both institutional and individual wealth will most likely decline

The impact of the coronavirus on colleges and families has yet to be measured, but is a current focus of concern on college campuses. Because the coronavirus situation is highly fluid, we encourage families to maintain an optimistic attitude but also to prepare for different scenarios.

As we better understand the impact of coronavirus on college applicants, we will report on it immediately.

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About The Author

Susan Osborn, Ph.D., has spent 30 years in higher education, in admissions at Vassar College, in the English department and Writing Program at Rutgers University, in the lab at The New Jersey Center for Research on Writing, and as a private tutor. Dr. Osborn is also an award-winning writer and scholar and she brings both her education smarts and her writing smarts to every student relationship.