Oregon College Admissions Coronavirus Updates
Updated 8/26/20. There are many changes happening related to college admissions. Here's what we know right now.
☛ General Updates
- See general coronavirus updates for Oregon colleges.
- All Oregon colleges will be online until at least the end of spring semester.
- Oregon colleges are committed to helping current and future students. Students who have been admitted to Oregon's public universities for fall 2020 will not have their admission rescinded due to changes in grading policy or the inability to complete their coursework.
☛ College Plans for Fall 2020
Colleges are beginning to announce their expected plans for the fall of 2020. This table will be updated frequently to reflect current plans. If no plans are listed, the college has not made an announcement. Governor Brown has ordered all colleges to remain closed to in-person classes through June 13.
All colleges planning for in-person classes in the fall are also preparing for social distancing measures. Click on the college link to learn more about their plans.
|Oregon Colleges||Fall 2020 Plans|
|Blue Mountain Community College||remote and online instruction|
|Central Oregon Community College||in-person, online and hybrid classes|
|Chemeketa Community College||remote instruction|
|Clackamas Community College||remote and online instruction|
|Clatsop Community College||in-person classes restricted to courses requiring hands-on instruction|
|Columbia Gorge Community College||remote instruction until further notice|
|Klamath Community College||in-person and online classes|
|Lane Community College||classes that can be remote will be remote; some CTE courses will be in-person|
|Linn-Benton Community College||in-person and online classes|
|Mt. Hood Community College||classes that can be online will be fully online; some CTE courses will be in-person|
|Oregon Coast Community College||remote classes where practical; in-person for some coursework|
|Portland Community College||remote and online instruction|
|Rogue Community College||most classes online; science and CTE lab courses will be in-person|
|Southwestern Oregon Community College||in-person, hybrid and online; residences halls open|
|Tillamook Bay Community College||in-person classes|
|Treasure Valley Community College||in-person, virtual, web, and hybrid|
|Umpqua Community College|
|Eastern Oregon University||in-person, remote and hybrid classes|
|Oregon Institute of Technology||in-person classes|
|Oregon State University||mostly remote classes|
|Oregon State University - Cascades||in-person, remote and online classes|
|Portland State University||mostly remote classes|
|Southern Oregon University||mostly remote classes, with some in-person|
|University of Oregon||mostly remote and online classes|
|Western Oregon University||mostly online classes|
|Independent, Not-for-Profit Universities|
|Bushnell University||in-person classes|
|Corban University||in-person classes|
|George Fox University||in-person classes|
|Lewis & Clark College||in-person classes until Thanksgiving, then online|
|Linfield University||in-person classes|
|Multnomah University||in-person classes|
|New Hope Christian College|
|Pacific Northwest College of Art||remote and in-person classes|
|Pacific University||in-person classes; students can choose to attend remotely or defer enrollment to spring|
|Reed College||mix of in-person and online classes with modified academic calendar|
|University of Portland||online classes; residence halls closed with limited exceptions|
|Warner Pacific University||in-person classes with some courses as hybrid or online|
|Willamette University||in-person classes; students can choose to attend remotely|
- See a list of colleges' updates for re-opening.
☛ Test Dates
ACT: April 4 test rescheduled to June 13; summer and fall testing will continue following CDC guidelines for social distancing. (ACT Testing Updates: Summer Testing and Postponement of Section Retesting for 2020)
SAT: May 2 and June 6 tests canceled. March 28 make up test canceled. Monthly test dates are scheduled August through December, with the possibility of a January test date, if needed. (Coronavirus Updates for Students Taking the SAT)
AP: tests were administered online, 45 minutes each; 2 test dates were available for each subject; free live, virtual AP review courses began March 25. (AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus)
IB: tests were not held; students were awarded a Diploma or Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work based on their previous coursework and assessments. (IB Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus)
☛ Preview Days & Campus Tours
Many colleges have canceled or postponed their preview days and campus tours due to COVID-19. Check college websites for more information.
WHAT YOU CAN DO INSTEAD: There are many ways to learn about a campus online: virtual tours, student reviews, college social media, and more.
- See list of colleges' updates for applicants and admitted students.
☛ Deposit Deadline Changes
- Bushnell University – encouraged by May 1, but accepted through August
- Corban University – June 1
- George Fox University - June 1
- Lewis & Clark College – June 1
- Linfield University – June 1
- Multnomah University – June 1
- Oregon State University – September 1, intent to enroll requested by June 1
- Oregon State University - Cascades – September 1, intent to enroll requested by June 1
- Pacific Northwest College of Art – June 1
- Pacific University – June 1
- Southern Oregon University – June 1
- University of Oregon – September 1
- University of Portland – June 1
- See list of colleges now with deadlines after May 1.
☛ Tips & Advice from Colleges
"Don't lose sight of your goals as they existed a month ago. Be patient and flexible. Use the online resources that colleges have for you to explore and connect, and pay attention to the emails and updates we are sending you. Things are moving quickly!" Noah Buckley, Director of Admissions, Oregon State University
"This too, shall pass." Matt Ogawa, Director of Admissions and Recruitment, Portland Community College
"Please contact your Admissions Counselor! You can find your counselor here. We would be happy to chat with you over the phone and answer any questions you have before you make your decision." Casandra Esparza, Assistant Director of Admissions, University of Portland
"Reach out to the schools you are interested in and let them know of any obstacles that come up. Colleges and universities are likely willing to work with you to overcome difficulties due to school closures and postponed testing." Molly Smith, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing, Warner Pacific University
"Contact institutions if you have questions regarding deadlines and opportunities to participate in virtual tours/events." Rob Findtner, Director of Admissions, Western Oregon University
"Don't let these adjustments to school (and life) keep you from having a great senior year! In a few years, you'll realize you have stories like no other 12th grader in ages. Colleges are *all* ready to work with you, and we will be both flexible and patient. So just reach out to us directly for more information whenever you need it!" Jim Rawlins, Director of Admissions, University of Oregon
"Read your emails twice a day to stay current with any changes and online resources colleges will be providing. Contact your Admissions Counselors with any questions you have." Rudy Sanchez, Admissions Counselor, Pacific University
"Reach out to the admission counselors at the colleges you have applied to and ask questions. They are still working and are there to answer your questions. Ask if you can correspond with currently enrolled students." Eric Staab, Vice President for Admissions & Financial Aid, Lewis & Clark College
"Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions." Tania Sanchez, Assistant Director of Multicultural Recruitment, Portland State University
"Keep following your steps to get started at your college/university, and do not hesitate to reach out to the admissions office if you have any questions at all (email is especially great right now!). Many of us are also available for video meetings, so we can still 'meet' together to help you move forward in preparing for college!" Ariane Rakich, Lead Admissions Counselor, Clackamas Community College
"Please remember to apply for financial aid." Rhoda Hanson, Chief Student Services Officer, Tillamook Bay Community College
"Apply for the Oregon Promise Grant. The application takes about 3 minutes to fill out and is due June 1, 2020. It can be used at any of the Oregon community colleges and is money that doesn't have to be paid back." Tama Bolton, Coordinator of Outreach and Recruitment, Columbia Gorge Community College
"Make use of the resources that colleges are offering - virtual meetings, tours and events. Your college admission counselor wants to support you, so take advantage of their assistance!" Mary Beth Jones, Admission Counselor, Linfield University
One new thing to think about in this new time of coronavirus: "If you have to take courses online, does that change the institution you would attend?" Recruitment Coordinator at an Oregon community college
"Stay positive. If you are struggling with someting or you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask. We are here for you and understand that these are tough times." Chris Jones, Senior Admissions Counselor, Western Oregon University