Arkansas State University has revised some of its application deadlines and policies in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on high school students.
The Jonesboro-based university has shifted its deadlines for institutional and competitive aid. First-time students can apply for these forms of aid by Feb. 1. In addition, A-State will be awarding institutional awards in many cases upon student admission.
“The number of students that have applied this year is about the same as last year, but just like our incoming Class of 2024, we know the Class of 2025 is facing challenges not seen in a century with the coronavirus pandemic,” Dr. Bryan Terry, vice chancellor for enrollment management, said in a statement. “Our Office of Admissions has listened to the feedback we’ve been getting, and we want to get the word out that we’re ready to help families with these hurdles. Giving everyone a little more time to finish the process is the first step.”
Application fees have also been addressed, with A-State waiving the usual application fee until Dec. 15. Students that have submitted applications with all high school transcripts by that date will receive an admissions answer before Christmas.
A-State is also not rejecting any applications from incoming students that do not have an ACT or SAT score, due to recent examination cancellations.
“We’re sympathetic to the fact this fall has been like no other with ACT testing dates disrupted, some seniors having to go virtual, some others switching back to in person,” Terry said. “We want to remove as many barriers as possible. Our staff is ready to answer questions, and to get students and their families rapid decisions on admission and scholarships.”