Hurricane Sandy Impacts the College Admissions Process

SAT exams were cancelled on November 3 & 4, 2012 in affected areas, and colleges have extended application deadlines.

By Anne Vaccaro Brady

Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast and forced the cancellation of SAT exams at some locations on November 3 and 4. Colleges with early decision deadlines around November 1 extended them–some by a few weeks, others by only a few days.

Because the storm left my home in New York without power and limited access to the Internet, I couldn’t post this information for you sooner. Hopefully you learned about some of these changes on your own. But if you still need to know how your student is affected, read on.

SAT Subject Tests

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SAT tests cancelled and rescheduled The College Board, the folks who administer the SAT, posted a list of test site closures by state with makeup dates, where applicable. If a makeup date isn’t available in your area, or the one listed doesn’t work for your senior, the next official test date for everyone is December 1. Though the original registration deadline for this test has passed, students can register late through November 16.

Early decision deadlines extended The New York Times’ “The Choice” blog also has a list of these new college application deadlines. Be sure to read the comments following the post because additional schools have used the space to provide their updated deadlines and policies.

Get answers to questions about applying early decision or early action If your student plans to apply to college early decision or early action, take a look at the five-part Q&A with the dean of admission at the University of Virginia, Greg W. Roberts, who answered readers’ questions on this topic on “The Choice” blog.

To those of you impacted by Hurricane Sandy and trying to juggle putting your lives back together and helping your teenagers apply to college, I won’t profess to know what you’re experiencing, but I wish you the strength and assistance you need to get through this challenging time.

UPDATE: Check out this post on “The Choice” blog to see how the makeup dates for the SAT Subject Tests impact early decision application deadlines and to learn what some colleges are doing about it.

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One Response to Hurricane Sandy Impacts the College Admissions Process

  1. Thank you for keeping us all posted about these storm-related changes.

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