The Wuhan coronavirus has forced schools and universities across the nation to close. Seniors are currently in limbo as they finish up their final year of high school online. But colleges and universities are figuring out how to deal with admissions, especially for students who have yet to take the SAT or ACT.
The University of North Carolina School System decided to change their admission requirements for the next three years as a response to the Wuhan coronavirus.
Previously, students were required to have a 2.5 accumulative GPA and a 17 on the ACT or a 930 on the SAT. The new requirement creates an either/or situation. Potential students are only required to fill one of the two requirements.
Although the system was going to implement the policy change in the fall of 2021, the board of governors decided to implement it this year.
“Choosing to begin these new admissions standards this fall is due to the coronavirus canceling the SAT and the ACT this spring,” UNC-System spokesperson Jason Tyson told Campus Reform.
“Many North Carolina high school students take their standardized testing for the first time in their junior year and then for the second time in the spring of their senior year. By taking this second test, they are able to improve their scores,” Tyson explained. “However, as the coronavirus canceled the SATs and ACTs for this spring, high school seniors are at a disadvantage.”