As Hurricane Sandy takes a hard left and begins its rumble up the east coast, colleges and universities are beginning the process of battening down the hatches.
Many have issued notices that they will be closed for the first part of the week. In fact, Michael Szarek, of College Counseling for the Rest of Us, tweeted that all 55 New Jersey colleges and universities have announced closures for Monday and/or Tuesday of this week.
But most important to high school seniors are the looming early action and early decision deadlines. Starting yesterday, the Ivy League led the way in announcing flexibility in enforcing application due dates for students affected by the storm.
Some set new dates for submission, while others simply indicated a willingness to be “flexible” in the face of the storm. Harvard took the latter approach:
“With the approach of Hurricane Sandy here on the East Coast of the United States, we want you to be aware of our longstanding flexibility on Early Action and Regular Action deadlines for submitting applications and supporting materials from teachers and guidance counselors. If there is a good reason for not being able to meet a deadline (whether it be a natural disaster such as Hurricane Sandy or a personal challenge), we are happy to accept late applications and support materials.”
While procrastinating applicants may heave a sigh of relief, it’s worth mentioning that the wise student will make every effort to get applications sent before the electricity and the internet shut down. Not only is it worth the peace of mind, but also you avoid post-storm issues down the road.
By the way, this advice holds true for students who have delayed requesting score reports while waiting for October test results. Keep in mind where both the College Board and the Educational Testing Service are located.
Here is what we know so far about revised deadlines:
- Babson College: Early Decision and Early Action deadlines have been extended to Monday, November 5.
- Beloit College: Students living in areas affected by the hurricane have until November 8 to assure their applications are submitted.
- Bentley University: Early Decision and Early Action deadlines have been extended to November 5.
- Boston College: Restrictive Early Action deadline has been extended to Friday, November 9 (revised).
- Boston University: Early Decision deadline has been extended to Monday, Nov. 5.
- Brown University: Early Decision deadline has been extended to November 7.
- Case Western Reserve University: Will extend its Early Action deadline to November 5, for all students.
- Claremont McKenna College: Will be “flexible” with their November 1st ED1 deadline. This applies to all supporting documents from counselors and teachers as well.
- Clark University: The Early Action deadline has been extended to November 9.
- College of Charleston: Early Notification deadline has been extended until Monday, November 5, by midnight, for students impacted by the storm. If you’re unable to submit application materials by November 5 for weather-related reasons, you may request an extension once you have access to email.
- College of William & Mary: Early Decision and spring transfer deadlines have been extended to November 5.
- Columbia University: Early Decision deadline extended to Monday, November 5.
- Cornell University: Early Decision deadline has been extended to midnight on Monday, November 5.
- Dartmouth College: Flexible with the Early Decision deadline for all students who are impacted by this storm; contact the office if materials cannot be submitted by November 5.
- Duke University: Early Decision deadline extended to Sunday, November 4. Note that the website has not been completely updated in some places.
- Fordham University: Early Action applications will be considered timely if received by November 8.
- George Mason University: Extended its November 1 freshman application deadline for early action and Honors College and scholarship consideration to Friday, November 9.
- Harvard College: Will be “flexible” on Early Action deadline.
- James Madison University (JMU): Extending application deadlines for Early Action and Dingledine Scholarship to Friday, Nov. 9.
- Lawrence University: Early Decision deadline extended to November 15.
- Loyola University Maryland: Extending Early Action deadline to Nov. 15 for those impacted by this storm; all students who apply by this date will learn of their admission decision no later than January 15.
- Marist College: Early Decision deadline has been extended to Friday, November 9.
- MIT: Will be “flexible” on Early Action deadline.
- New York University: Extended Early Decision I deadline for students living on the East Coast until November 3, at 11:59 pm ET.
- Northeastern University: Early Action and spring deadlines extended to November 5, for students directly affected by the hurricane.
- Northwestern University: For applicants living in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, the application deadline for early decision has been extended to midnight November 7.
- Pomona College: Early Decision has been extended to November 7 for those affected by the storm.
- Princeton University: Single-choice early action deadline is extended to November 7.
- RPI: The Early Decision deadline has been extended to November 5; additional extensions will be announced as warranted.
- Rhodes College: The Early Decision deadline has been extended to November 9.
- Rice University: Extending the deadline for applying Early Decision to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 5. This also includes electronic portfolios for applicants to the School of Architecture.
- St. Mary’s College of Maryland: Extending the priority scholarship deadline and the Early Decision deadline to Thursday, November 15.
- SMU: The Early Action deadline has been extended to Thursday, November 8.
- Stanford University: The deadline for Restrictive Early Action has been extended to 11:59PM (Pacific Time) on Monday, November 5.
- Tufts University: The Common Application site will remain open past November 1 for Early Decision I applications. If Sandy does prompt a post-November 1 submission of your EDI application, the deadline is extended until Wednesday, November 7th.
- University of Chicago: Early Action deadline has been extended. All materials should be submitted when feasible (this is an update from earlier notices).
- University of Maryland: The priority application deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m, on Friday, November 9.
- University of Massachusetts-Amherst: Early Action deadline extended to Monday, November 5; school reports are due by November 20th.
- University of Pennsylvania: Early Decision deadline extended to Tuesday, November 6. Applications for financial aid can be submitted by November 15 to be evaluated for a package to be provided at the time of decision release.
- University of Rochester: Extending Early Decision deadline to November 8 for students living in areas affected by the hurricane.
- University of Virginia: The Early Action deadline is extended to midnight on Sunday, November 4.
- University of Vermont: November 1 deadlines (early and spring) have been extended to November 5.
- Villanova University: Early Action deadline extended to Thursday, November 8 for students directly impacted by the storm.
- Virginia Tech: Early Decision deadline has been extended to November 15, for those who may have been affected by the storm.
- Yale University: Single-Choice Early Action deadline extended to midnight, Monday, Nov. 5.
These dates are subject to change based on the severity of the situation. Please check with individual websites for the most up-to-date information.