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School in the fall & Coronavirus

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  • homerdoghomerdog 8509 replies119 threads Senior Member
    @milgymfam well we know three kids in S19’s grade who transferred out of Bowdoin this year.
    gotham_mom wrote: »
    Williams has released their numbers. They did not put a cap on gap year requests. "Of first-years, 15.4 percent plan to take a gap year, while 11.1 percent of the entire student body, including first-years, plans to take some kind of leave." This article has more specific numbers by class including remote vs on-campus enrollment.

    https://williamsrecord.com/2020/07/the-college-released-its-data-on-fall-enrollment-it-reveals-disparities-by-race-and-financial-aid-status/

    15.4 percent is a lot. 8% of Bowdoin freshmen took a gap so Williams had twice as many.
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  • vpa2019vpa2019 706 replies19 threads Member
    Transfer students may benefit more than usual as well.
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  • roycroftmomroycroftmom 4618 replies40 threads Senior Member
    Didn't the Crimson report that 17% of Harvard students were deferring for a year? They are all guaranteed reentry in fall 2021.

    Parents are pretty insistent that the kids who already attend the school should be prioritized for returning in the fall above those who are just applying and not yet part of the college's family.

    Besides, most of the applicants would not have been admitted anyway, and they can make other plans more easily than existing students can defer for 2 years.
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  • roycroftmomroycroftmom 4618 replies40 threads Senior Member
    Princeton was very clear that gap year requests would impact future admissions rates, hence requiring a lottery for students requesting gap years as to when they can return. I don't know where they set the limit, but they said the college president made the decision in consultation with the admissions office.
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  • homerdoghomerdog 8509 replies119 threads Senior Member
    @roycroftmom Whoa! A literal lottery? Like, if you pick a good number, you can return when you want? Yikes!
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  • roycroftmomroycroftmom 4618 replies40 threads Senior Member
    No, a lottery as in, if your name is drawn for return in 2021, you are in that cohort, if it is drawn for return in 2022, you are in that cohort. It is the most equitable and avoids the fraught decision of which students would get to return first. For example, athletes already claimed they should have preference for a quick return due to NCAA regs. No doubt others feel the same way.
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  • roycroftmomroycroftmom 4618 replies40 threads Senior Member
    edited July 18
    Not coincidentally, the lottery is expected to also discourage some from taking a gap year.

    Princeton hasnt announced the number who requested gap years yet, but between every one living on campus and professors needed to supervise junior and senior independent work, there isn't much room for allowing gap years.
    edited July 18
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  • homerdoghomerdog 8509 replies119 threads Senior Member
    edited July 18
    @roycroftmom Right. All true. Bowdoin also told kids they couldn't promise if they could return when they wanted and, when I inquired about how they would decide who gets to come back. they said they had not decided that yet. So it was a leap of faith to defer. Requests to defer were due last Sunday. On Thursday, they sent an email to all students who deferred and told them that, after looking at the numbers, all can return when they want. They had a deadline and you had to tell them by that date. It's not an option anymore. I don't know how much that info affected students' decisions to defer but I'm sure it affected it at least a little bit. Not knowing if you can return is an issue for all, especially the older students.
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  • FaithaboveFaithabove 64 replies0 threads Junior Member
    I appreciate all of your comments and insight! I forgot that some schools allow transfers in during sophomore year, so there could potentially be more open spaces next year for eligible students. 2 year gap seems like a long time, I could see that discouraging families/students from choosing deferrals.
    All of this being said, just praying that this virus is under control so that we won't be back here on this thread 12 months from now :smile: With so many of best and brightest in the world working on it, and a little bit of luck and Providence, I am very hopeful!
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  • taverngirltaverngirl 1728 replies45 threads Senior Member
    jagrren wrote: »
    3SailAway wrote: »
    I don't think the full pre-Covid college experience will return until fall 2022, with study abroad resuming in spring 2023.
    Some posters have scoffed at the thought of kids remaining apart from their romantic partners while at school. Do they think kids are justified in breaking the rules, and all will be well even if the virus spreads? Or is it that the rules are useless because kids will break them and cause outbreaks, so everyone should just stay home?
    There is no reason for steady romantic partners to stay apart. But all the casual flirting and sorry, for lack of better words, hooking up is going to be a problem.

    At D's school they can have no visitors to their dorm, so her bf could not visit her and vice versa. The campus is small. There are not many places to hang out together.
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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 10040 replies389 threads Senior Member
    edited July 19
    @Driverof3: We’re trying to convince her to stay with family in Massachusetts for the two weeks but she hasn’t seen them since she was a little girl so she says she feels more comfortable being able to be independent in her own room....

    If we drive then we could knock a few days off the quarantine time because it’s counted from when she leaves TX but it’s still a really long time to be stuck in a room.

    She’s such a rule follower so she doesn’t want to try to get around the requirements.

    Quarantine regulations aren't suggestions or rules. They're state laws designed to try to prevent the spread of Covid. Many states have them, and people who break those laws can be fined. In some states they face jail time too. Trying to circumvent the law isn't a good idea.

    If your family in MA has a room for her with a separate entrance, her own bathroom, and cooking area that would work. Otherwise, it's probably safer for everyone for her to just quarantine at Skidmore.
    edited July 19
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