Colleges Urged to Extend Nov. 1 Deadlines Due to Hurricane Sandy

By Catherine Groux
Posted October 29, 2012 12:00 PM

The NACAC is urging schools to extend their Nov. 1 deadlines.
The NACAC is urging schools to extend their Nov. 1 deadlines.
Many colleges in the Eastern U.S. announced that they would close Monday - and in some cases, Tuesday and Wednesday as well - due to the looming Hurricane Sandy. As the Category-1 hurricane barrels toward the East Coast, it is expected to cause severe damage, flooding and power outages in states like New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Due to the severity of the storm, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is urging schools to rethink their Nov. 1 deadlines for early decision, early action and priority applications.

"These extreme weather conditions could result in power outages for many homes and schools for an extended period of time, possibly impacting students and counselors’ ability to submit application materials by Nov. 1," the NACAC's statement reads. "We urge colleges and universities to consider the difficulty students and counselors in the affected areas may have in meeting these deadlines and permit them to submit application materials beyond the deadline if appropriate."

According to Inside Higher Ed, some schools have already responded to the NACAC's proposal. New York's Marist College, for example, will extend its early decision deadline to Nov. 9.

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