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What happens to the class of 21 if this lingers into the fall

dadof4kidsdadof4kids 810 replies79 threads Member
edited March 11 in Parents Forum
So let's say hypothetically this gets worse not better. Assuming mitigation works somewhat, we could easily be in a similar state in August that we are now, although almost certainly with more cases.

Do classes get suspended for the fall semester/or even 20-21 school year? And if so, I'm assuming all of the 20 admits will still keep their place. So I guess the class of 21 goes to the local CC, which by the way has a 50% admit rate now?
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  • HippobirdyHippobirdy 647 replies1 threads Member
    Gap year.
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  • dadof4kidsdadof4kids 810 replies79 threads Member
    That works for an individual, but not collectively for everyone. Then the 21 and 22's are fighting for a spot. That only works if it becomes the norm that EVERYONE takes a gap year. I don't see that happening.

    You will also see fierce competition for grad school, jobs, etc. within that cohort. If everyone gets a forced gap year next year, then you will have that one class (maybe fading into the next couple) where there are 2 years worth of kids competing for one year's worth of jobs, internships, grad school slots, etc.

    Maybe I encourage D21 to join the Peace Corp for a couple of years before college. Although sending her overseas to a third world country with questionable health care during a pandemic doesn't really sound that smart.

    This is the kind of thing I worry about. Aren't you glad you don't have to live inside my head?
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  • HippobirdyHippobirdy 647 replies1 threads Member
    edited March 11
    That's what CC is for, let out negative thoughts and replace with three positive thoughts.
    From crisis arises opportunity. You're a planner. Opportunity will present itself, if, this health crisis persists into fall. I have D20. She will not want to start with online school in August. I hear you.
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  • NJdad07090NJdad07090 211 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Well my guess is college will go on in Sept, now maybe from your living room, if things get worse , I assume colleges will just charge tuition and not R&B, kids will take online classes. Some kids/ families will balk at this but at most of the colleges that we talk about say top 100, do not have that much of an issue getting kids to attend so most would stick it out hoping it would resolve it self by 2021. Especially if all schools are in the same boat.
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  • CheeringsectionCheeringsection 2672 replies83 threads Senior Member
    edited March 12
    DS16 has a job lined up that will not go away due to all if this but if I had an aspiring aerospace or petroleum engineer still picking a college for the fall, I would be encouraging a broader undergraduate degree (mechanical, EE, civil, etc.). They can pick a specialty later with electives or in grad school.

    My DD20 has picked a school that she will likely fly to but it is driveable if need be. These sudden dorm closures may get me to rethink our family rule of no car freshman year. It would be nice if she could just load up her stuff and get herself home, if dorms were closed.
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  • NJdad07090NJdad07090 211 replies5 threads Junior Member
    @Cheeringsection some schools do not let freshman have cars on campus. We are also having discussions w my son, do you really want to be across the country at a school if something like this happens, or just a regular blizzard. One of his choices is UMINN and we are in NJ.
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  • inthegardeninthegarden 1586 replies28 threads Senior Member
    edited March 15
    @dadof4kids, though there are lots of other international volunteer programs (which, incidentally don’t have the health/safety backup of the U.S.Government as the Peace Corps does) very few people get into the Peace Corps without a degree, unless they are mature adults with a farm background, business skills, or something else to offer. I know the Peace Corps has a (false) reputation as a place for kids to find themselves, but that’s not the reality. Lots of assignments are tough, in isolated conditions, far from any other westerner or English-speaking person. Not for an 18-year-old alone. Also, it’s a competitive, many-months’-long process to get vetted, medically cleared and accepted (an even longer process than college admissions ,in most cases) even if you do have a degree and experience.
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  • CheeringsectionCheeringsection 2672 replies83 threads Senior Member
    Yes, some schools do not allow freshman to have cars, and generally I fully agree that a freshman does not need a car. Let’s not rush a decision in the middle of all this though and limit the opportunities that our DC have worked so hard for. No one must decide until 5/1, some not until 6/1. We will know much more within a month. If you can get in line for preferred housing without risking a lot, do so. Just do not decline offers of admission until closer to the deadline for enrollment at each school.
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  • LindagafLindagaf 10118 replies555 threads Senior Member
    The knock on effect of this is going to be very disruptive, I predict. Top tier elite will have no problem meeting yield, but everything below that is going to face a lot of uncertainty. This in an unknown quantity.
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  • Twoin18Twoin18 1934 replies19 threads Senior Member
    homerdog wrote: »
    Will fewer kids be willing to go far away for school

    This has been on my mind, since S applied to colleges in the UK where the decision has been to “keep calm and carry on” (no classes are cancelled, the assumption is it can’t/won’t be contained). Fortunately he’s here instate, but our neighbor’s D was a freshman at St Andrews. She decided to come back to the US yesterday upon hearing that flights were to be stopped. I don’t know what that will mean for her course, since she will miss an entire term.
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  • gwnorthgwnorth 441 replies8 threads Member
    We went through this in Ontario in 2003 which was the last year of grade 13. That year there was a double cohort graduating (the last of the grade 13's and the first of the grade 12 only). Universities and colleges expanded enrolment that year but yes competition for admission was much stiffer. It's easy enough for lecture/tutorial based programs to expand but harder for lab based ones or ones requiring specialized equipment.
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  • homerdoghomerdog 6357 replies111 threads Senior Member
    I'm confused as to why class of 20 will be disrupted any more than the kids already in college. Even if this goes into fall, it's not going to go on forever. Kids in the class of 2020 will do whatever the current college kids do. If that means staying home, paying tuition and taking online classes for a few extra weeks or even a semester, they do that. Why would they disrupt moving onto college and not enroll? That would mess most of them up pretty badly and it's short sighted when, for that class, it would likely only be one semester MAX at home and then back onto campus.
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  • Momof3BMomof3B 292 replies6 threads Junior Member
    homerdog wrote: »
    Will colleges go more test optional if test sittings continue to be cancelled?

    I had this same concern in regards to possible cancellations for SAT/ACT in our area so I reached out to an acquaintance who is a very popular professional college consultant/academic advisor in our area, here’s what she told me:

    “If a big chunk of testing centers close and stay closed, it’s very likely colleges will have test optional admission plans this next cycle. All colleges are in a wait and see pattern, though, based on our (her company name) conversations with several deans”

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  • kanflykanfly 69 replies5 threads Junior Member
    I'm wondering how this will impact admissions for class of '21. Will people apply to significantly more schools out of uncertainty? Will fewer apply ED since they may not have had the opportunity to visit? Will fewer apply ED because of a financial precarious situation? What if the kids can't take the SAT/ACT until Fall? So much uncertainty!
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  • Conformist1688Conformist1688 1176 replies26 threads Senior Member
    "going out to restaurants, having parties, and going on family vacations is not cool in March 2020"

    You realise this means that many restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions may also bo bakkrupt and close?
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