A hotel or a dorm? A nightly fee to stay on-campus

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Questions we explored this week:

  • FREE! This college is giving free computers to students finishing their semester remotely. Which is it?
  • Students at this elite college will have to pay a daily fee if they don't leave their dorms by May 11. Which one?
  • A top business college just dropped SAT/ACT requirements. Where?

April 10, 2020 — Southwestern

Southwestern College in California moved to distance learning on March 16 as a response to Covid-19. They will be giving away 430 free computers and and 70 MiFi devices altogether. These computers will be free for the students to keep. Students who do not have requisite technology at home to complete their classes were given priority.

What does this mean? Not everyone can afford distance learning. Computers, internet, and device storage cost money. More colleges who’ve closed campuses will have to consider how to accommodate students without tech access.

Read more here.

April 9, 2020 — Duke

Despite Covid-19 campus closures, 437 students have decided to stay on campus. Duke is accepting applications from those students to stay on campus until May 31, but will charge them $38 per night starting May 12. If accepted, the students may be asked to move to another residence.

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What does this mean? For students, the $38 nightly fee is another financial stressor if they haven’t been refunded their room and board. For the university, it’s not easy to continue maintaining campus facilities, putting staff at risk of contracting Covid-19.

Read more here.

April 1, 2020 — Babson College

High schoolers applying for Babson’s undergraduate programs in 2020-2021 will not need to submit SAT/ACT scores, in response to Covid-19-related test cancellations. The university will reconsider the test-optional policy for future classes, but has not confirmed if the policy change will extend past the next admissions cycle.

What does this mean? Other aspects of the application must be stronger when the weight of SAT/ACT scores is removed. We interviewed Babson admissions fellow and full scholarship student. Read the interview for admissions insights.

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Read more here.

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