Pushing back national College Decision Day in 2020 was one of the many shifts in higher education due to the coronavirus pandemic. But as the world slowly returns to some sense of normalcy with vaccine rollouts across the U.S., 2021 marks a return to May 1 for many schools.
But last year marked a departure from the norm with numerous schools extending the deadline, some for months. At the University of Oregon, for example, the traditional May 1 deadline was moved to Sept. 1. This year, however, marks a return to May 1 for Oregon.
Some experts expect the May 1 deadline to be the norm this year. As that date nears, however, students should know that some colleges may decide sometime in April to push the May 1 deadline back, says Alejandra Acosta, a policy analyst at New America, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that focuses on higher education and other civic issues.
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