Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the latest university admissions office to extend their application deadlines for Fall 2021 admissions. Other colleges, including the 23 California State Universities (CSU), the nine University of California (UC) campuses, as well as the University of Texas Austin and Texas A & M have all already extended their application deadlines for Fall 2021 admissions.
MIT’s extended Regular Decision deadline is January 6, 2021.
Are college application deadline extensions just another complexity in the COVID-influenced new normal, as the CSU administration acknowledged:
“By extending the deadline, we are acknowledging that prospective students, their families and really everyone is dealing with many, many challenges and we don’t want the deadline to be the reason that someone doesn’t apply to college. We felt this would be helpful to prospective students who are weighing their options and ultimately want to make it as easy as possible to apply to a CSU campus.”Mike Uhlenkamp, a spokesman for the Cal State chancellor’s office, Los Angeles Times, December 1, 2020
or are college admissions officers contending with additional issues—lower application numbers after the first Early Admissions November 1 deadline, as well as declines in first-year university enrollment and other undergraduate enrollment (second through fourth year students) across the United States—thus extended deadlines may be necessary to merit more applicants in order to eventually recruit the requisite number of students to actually attend universities next Fall 2021?
Stay tuned as we forecast changes to the college admissions process in upcoming posts.
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