Oregon College Admissions Coronavirus Updates
Updated 3/27/20. There are many changes happening related to college admissions. Here's what we know right now.
This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Oregon college admissions offices can send updates here.
☛ Test Dates
All Oregon public universities will be test-optional beginning in the fall of 2021.
ACT: April 4 test rescheduled to June 13; students who have already registered for the April will receive an email with information about free rescheduling. Students MUST follow up on this – ACT will not automatically reschedule students. (April 2020 National Exam COVID-19 - The ACT Test)
SAT: May 2 test canceled. March 28 make up test canceled. (Coronavirus Updates for Students Taking the SAT)
AP: tests will be administered online, 45 minutes each; 2 test dates will be available for each subject; free live, virtual AP review courses will begin March 25. (AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus)
IB: tests will no longer be held; students will be 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
- Lewis & Clark College – June 1
- Linfield College – June 1
- Northwest Christian University – encouraged by May 1, but accepted through August
- Oregon State University – June 1
- Pacific University – June 1
- Southern Oregon University – June 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 College