Even during normal times, the pressure of pulling together an application to attend the University of Florida can get to high school seniors.
Add in the stresses associated with COVID-19, such as quarantines and online course loads, and the tension only mounts.
“We’ve heard from students and high school counselors” seeking relief, said Charles Murphy, director of freshman and international admission. “We made the decision ... to move the deadline back from Nov. 1 to Nov. 16.”
That change will give students extra time to complete the required forms and short essays. Students have longer to turn in their self-reported grades, due by Dec. 1, and their SAT or ACT scores, which must be requested by Dec. 15.
The final times to take the exams and still meet the eligibility date are Dec. 5 for the SAT and Dec. 12 for the ACT.
The university has not changed its position on requiring test scores, despite pleas from several organizations. The State University System is the only one in the nation not to have gone test-optional this year, as many students have struggled to gain access to a testing site because of repeated cancellations since March.
That decision rests with the Board of Governors, and is not a campus-based action, Murphy said.
Murphy said the move to extend the application time line is not unprecedented. It has happened in the past when the state has suffered major hurricane devastation, for instance, he said.
Students who meet all the deadlines should learn of their admission decision on Feb. 26.