For high school seniors and their parents, there have been a lot of questions and concerns about how colleges will respond to some classes moving to "Pass/Fail" and if/how a downshift in academic content this semester will impact college admissions.
The University of California has just released updates about their admissions process that will address many of your questions and hopefully put you at ease.
Students Enrolling in Fall 2020
"The University has temporarily suspended some of its requirements for admitted students to ensure that they are able to enroll as planned. It also expects to work with students to adjust financial aid packages if family financial circumstances have changed.
UC has temporarily suspended the letter grade requirement for A-G courses completed in spring 2020 for all students, including UC’s most recently admitted freshmen. A-G courses completed in spring 2020 with Pass (P) or Credit (CR) grades will satisfy appropriate A-G requirements."
Students Applying for Fall 2021
"The University recognizes the challenges that students are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, in response, UC is suspending the standardized test requirement for students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission.
Students applying for fall 2021 are not precluded from taking standardized tests (SAT or ACT) and sending scores if they are able. Doing so can support their statewide UC eligibility, application for certain scholarships, and help them fulfill some University graduation requirements. Campuses will adjust their internal processes accordingly to ensure that no student is harmed in admissions selection should they not submit a test score. This modification to the test requirement is not intended as an admissions policy shift but is rather a temporary accommodation driven by the current extraordinary circumstances."
Read more on the UC website.
Juliette Schoenberger, (11), a 6th grader at Montclair Middle School does school work while she and her family self isolate during the shelter-in-place order on March 20,2020 in Oakland, Calif.
Photo: Kate Munsch, Special to The Chronicle
Yesterday, the SF Chronicle reported that California students will not return to classrooms this school year due to the coronavirus. Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond said “Due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing it currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year,” Thurmond said. “This is in no way to suggest that school is over for the year, but rather we should put all efforts into strengthening our delivery of education through distance learning.”
You can read the full article here.