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COVID-19 Application Updates for Students

Overview

Common App continues to monitor the spread of the coronavirus and its wide-ranging impacts on college admission. As this situation develops, we want to stress that we are here to support students as they finalize college applications, await admission decisions, or decide where to enroll.

Remember:

  • The Common App for transfer help center team is available 24/7/365 to help you with all of your application questions. Reach out to us day or night via the help center – we are ready to assist you.
  • Common App member colleges and universities are here to support you too. Check each school’s website for the most up-to-date information. Be on the lookout for any changes to deadlines and requirements, or any on-campus events that may have been canceled or rescheduled.
  • School closures may impact your academic year, so it is important to check in with your school counselors and teachers to make sure you’re staying on track. Your counselors can also help you identify fee waiver opportunities if you experienced unexpected loss related to the coronavirus or other disruptions, as well as discuss options for canceled standardized tests and reporting test scores.
  • Common App has compiled a list of resources students can use to stay organized, explore, and connect with college opportunities. 
  • We also encourage you to regularly monitor online resources related to the coronavirus, including:

Most importantly, take care of yourself. Your future is bright and we need you at your best and healthiest as you pursue your dreams. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help if you need it. We will always be here to continue to help you reach new heights. 

FAQs

Are the deadlines to submit an application being extended?

Most institutions are posting COVID-19 updates on their website. Visit your institution's website for more information and/or guidance on deadline changes. Note that if an institution extends a deadline, you can view this information in your application.

Is there going to be a delay to the start of my program?

Given the evolving nature of the situation, your program may or may not have made a decision about this yet. We encourage you to contact your program directly for more information.  

Is there going to be a delay to getting an admissions decision?

Given the evolving nature of the situation, your program may or may not have made a decision about this yet. We encourage you to contact your program directly for more information.  

What if I need help with my application?

We're here to assist with any application-related questions. Log in to your application and access the Common App for transfer applicant help center to chat, email, or call support.  

For all other inquiries, including the following, please contact your program directly:  

  • Admission requirements and policies
  • Deadline requirements
  • Prerequisites
  • Supplemental materials
  • Requirements regarding the identity of evaluators
  • Status of your application after it has been submitted
  • Admission decisions and interview questions
  • Content and duration of a particular school's program
Will my official transcripts still be processed?

Yes, both electronic and paper transcripts will be processed as usual upon receipt.

What happens if the school I attended is closed and cannot send my transcript?

Most institutions are posting COVID-19 updates on their website. Visit your institution's website for more information and/or guidance on changes to their processes.  

Will my foreign evaluations still be processed? 

Yes, both electronic and paper evaluations will be processed as usual upon receipt. However, we advise checking with the evaluation companies to determine if there have been any disruptions to their processes. Some are linked below:

What should I do if I am unable to take the standardized tests my program(s) require because testing centers are closed?

Most institutions are posting COVID-19 updates on their website. Visit your institution's website for more information and/or guidance on changes to their standardized testing processes and requirements, such as waivers, deadline extensions, or exceptions.

What happens if the school I am applying to is closed?

Most institutions are posting COVID-19 updates on their website. Visit your institution's website for more information and/or guidance on changes to their processes.

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