COVID-19 and College
Updated Admissions Information
- Test-Optional Means Test Optional for College Admissions
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and SAT/ACT admissions test cancellations across the nation, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling has compiled a list of schools who have affirmed that test optional truly means test optional. This list includes over 1,450 US colleges and universities who have definitively announced that a student without ACT/SAT test scores will not be penalized during the admissions process.
- List of information from colleges/universities for Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 (for juniors and seniors)
- The National Association for College Admissions Counseling has put together their own list of US colleges and universities who belong to their organization, and their plans for Fall 2020, and their admissions info for the entering class of Fall 2021. They are continuing to update their list as they receive information from colleges and universities.
- University of California: Response on Admissions during COVID19
- California State University: CSU Responds to Coronavirus Outbreak
VIRTUAL COLLEGE TOURS
CAMPUS VIRTUAL TOURS
Did you plan to visit colleges over the next few weeks to help make your decision? Check out some of these links to find virtual tours of thousands of campuses nationwide!
Letters of Recommendation
Typically, only students applying to schools that require recommendation letters are given one. However, in this uncertain environment, a student who feels a letter of recommendation will bolster their application may ask for one to be written so that they can submit it even if not required to do so. Letters of Recommendation will give teachers the opportunity to share with colleges and universities detailed perceptions of the students' interests, achievements and responsibility toward learning not represented in a letter grade. As we develop our process for requesting letters of recommendation this year, we will share that information with students and families. Site guidance teams will be communicating with 11th grade students and families about the process for requesting letters of recommendation from teachers this spring.
- College Admissions Decoded: A podcast sponsored by NACAC on all aspects of the college admissions process
- Challenge Success resources for college admissions: Resources for supporting an approach to the college admissions process that focuses on the best fit for your student
More Collegewise resources coming soon.
SCHOOL GUIDANCE PAGES
- What does FUHSD’s Spring 2020 grading policy mean for my transcript?
- Will this credit/no credit grading policy affect my graduation or college eligibility status?
- Will the Progress Report and School Closure Grades be calculated into my GPA?
- How do I get my transcript?
FUHSD’s adoption of a credit/no credit grading structure for Spring 2020 means that if you complete the assignments required by your teachers, you will earn credits toward graduation and college eligibility (for example, if you are enrolled in six classes and complete them all, you will earn 30 credits this semester). These credits will count toward meeting graduation and college eligibility requirements but will not be calculated into a grade point average (GPA).
If you complete the assignments required by your teacher, you will earn credits toward graduation and college eligibility (for example, if you are enrolled in six classes and complete them all, you will earn 30 credits this semester). Colleges and universities across the country have offered assurances that during this pandemic, students will not be disadvantaged if their school or district adopt an alternate grading structure for this semester. For more information, review the list we've compiled of admissions updates and guidance from colleges and universities around the country.
FUHSD calculates GPAs for the official transcript based on Semester grades only. Spring 2020 credits will count toward meeting graduation and college eligibility requirements but will not be calculated into a grade point average (GPA). Progress Report and School Closure grades and the term GPA listed on those report cards are formative snapshots of student progress for that specific grading window. These grades and GPAs are unofficial, for reference only, and are not necessarily reflective of a student’s overall 9-12 GPA. Progress and School Closure grades will not be reported to colleges or universities unless explicitly requested by the student as part of their official transcript order after June 2020.
Current students, including the Class of 2020, should contact their school Registrar to order an official transcript. Unofficial transcripts are available to all students in the Infinite Campus Student Portal. Former students should order their official transcripts from the District Office site.
If your question has not been addressed after reviewing the information and resources on this webpage, please submit your question using our College Admissions Questions Google Form.