Lehigh Valley universities waiving entry tests requirements for next school year

Written by on December 7, 2020

Lehigh Valley universities waiving entry tests requirements for next school year

By Gabi Falk, WLVR Lehigh University Intern

December 7, 2020

With a surge in coronavirus cases in the commonwealth, Lehigh Valley high school students scheduled to take college entrance exams this month had their tests canceled. Some may not be able to reschedule their ACTs and SATs until the spring.

WLVR’s Gabi Falk has more on how this might impact college admissions next year.

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The admissions office at Lehigh University says the canceled tests don’t pose immediate concerns for the current recruitment cycle. Director Bruce Bunnick says the school is currently in a test optional phase for potential incoming students and aware of the increasing stresses they are under applying to college. 

“We are acutely aware of the fact that high school students and most notably the seniors have had a significant disruption to their senior year,” said Bunnick.

Muhlenberg, Lafayette and Moravian Colleges are also offering test optional admissions this year. 

Bunnick says he does not yet know how the next round of admission will unfold, but if future test dates are canceled Lehigh will reevaluate its plans. 

He also says the pandemic has made recruitment challenging for the school. Information sessions, tours and interviews are all virtual. Lehigh’s been using social media platforms, like Tik Tok, to reach applicants.

This story is part of a collaboration between WLVR News and Lehigh University’s Department of Journalism & CommunicationView all student stories.

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