A Yale University student voices her concerns about reopening campuses in the fall.
An open letter to administrators planning for fall 2020:
I was among the thousands of students that my university asked not to return to the campus after spring break amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that the spring semester has ended, I, like many students, have received a number of email updates from administrators regarding plans for the fall semester.
- With travel and other pandemic-related restrictions making it harder for colleges to recruit international students, many are adopting measures to ease their entry or return to school, according to a new survey from the Institute of International Education (IIE).
- Out of 599 U.S. institutions, 44% said they’re allowing international students to take online exams instead of in-person tests, 42% are updating accepted students more regularly and 40% are offering them the option to defer enrollment.
- Even with these new measures, 88% of institutions expect international student enrollment to decline in the 2020-21 academic year — a trend that could further harm college budgets.
This fall, more than a dozen recent high school graduates will gather in northern Wisconsin to spend nearly a year considering their life’s purpose at HoneyRock, the site of a Christian gap year program run by Wheaton College. Called Vanguard, the program takes students into the remote Northwoods, where miles of forests and sparkling lakes offer the chance to learn horsemanship and rock climbing.
Students questioning the return on investment in their college education as almost 7 out of 10 feel the online instruction they received this Winter is worse than in-person instruction. Vast majority of students found the online class experience unengaging and they miss spending time with faculty and fellow students. Many students experienced difficulty using online learning tools and accessing online learning materials. More than a quarter of students are questioning a return to their current college or university in the Fall due to uncertainty of how their school plans to re-open
It started with a self-confessed “rant” from an international applicant who says he turned down Wharton to accept an offer of admission from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. The headline? “My school MBA tuition is highest in the world but the admissions office is a circus.” The anonymous Reddit poster then goes on to explain in a lengthy obscenity-laced post that Sloan was refusing him and other international admits a deferral even if they are unable to obtain student visas in time to attend the start of the fall semester, that the school has yet to send international admits a crucial document, an I-20, needed to apply for a visa, and–in contrast to Stanford, Booth, and Kellogg–MIT has failed to make a summer internship a requirement so that international students are more likely to secure an internship in the U.S.
A message from President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell on academic planning for the fall quarter and 2020-21 academic year
Last modified on June 3, 2020
To our Stanford community,
We write to you at a moment when many challenges are pressing upon our country, and upon the lives of the members of our Stanford community. All of us continue to confront a global pandemic as well as the urgent issues of racial justice that have been laid bare once again in the last week. We want to begin by conveying our wish that you are safe and healthy, and that you reach out to the university’s many resources for support whenever they may be helpful to you.
As some universities announce plans to hold classes online from September to maintain social distancing, new students face a tough choice – should they delay? Devon Tyrie had a plan for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Massachusetts native wanted to take a gap year between graduating from high school and starting university, combining volunteer work, international travel and internships. But with the world still in the grip of Covid-19, it’s clear her year will not pan out as envisaged.
The coronavirus pandemic has already reshaped how we live everyday life. And now it’s pushing some high school graduates in the Class of 2020 to rethink their fall college plans. There’s still so much uncertainty about whether on-campus programs will resume in time for the fall semester.
Monday is the new deadline for many students to commit to which college they’ll be attending in the fall. Hundreds of schools extended their deadline because of the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. At least one school is even letting students decide as late as September 1.