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Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 04/22/2010

Volcanic ash may disrupt college admissions process

By Valerie Strauss

Add one more thing that may be disrupted by the eruption of a volcano in Iceland and the ash cloud spreading above Europe: U.S. college admissions.

Jim Jump, president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, released a letter urging colleges to be patient with international students who sent mail that may miss the May 1 deadline for accepted students to commit to a school.

Here’s the letter:

Colleagues:
The global nature of college admission work has become more obvious with the recent disruption on world travel caused by volcanic ash.

Despite the resumption of air travel and business activity across Europe following the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, many international students and students residing overseas may be unable to meet the May 1 National Candidates Reply Date.

NACAC urges members to consider these students and others affected by the disruption who may be unable to meet the May 1 deadline. Mail and package deliveries were halted or delayed so materials mailed to or from students may not have reached the planned destinations.

Overseas ACAC [Association for College Admission Counseling] President David Allen, university guidance counselor at the British International School of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), urges patience and consideration of the students’ “communication with chosen colleges and universities, specifically in regard to their sending in intention letters, financial documents, deposits and the to and fro of I-20s.”

Allen offered that “It should also be noted that this will have some considerable affect on students’ potential scores in their IB/AP/A level examinations as many of them are currently stranded away from their schools and missing valuable revision classes with their teachers,” Allen said.

Air travel was disrupted for six days following the eruption. Travelers, mail, and other deliveries were halted in its aftermath.

We are aware that many educational institutions (secondary and postsecondary) may communicate admission related information via the internet but in situations where mail is a part of the process, we ask that member institutions please take into account how the recent challenges impact communications with students around the world.

Thank you for your consideration,

Jim Jump
NACAC President

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Here’s the letter:

Colleagues:
The global nature of college admission work has become more obvious with the recent disruption on world travel caused by volcanic ash. Despite the resumption of air travel and business activity across Europe following the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, many international students and students residing overseas may be unable to meet the May 1 National Candidates Rely Date.

NACAC urges members to consider these students and others affected by the disruption who may be unable to meet the May 1 deadline. Mail and package deliveries were halted or delayed so materials mailed to or from students may not have reached the planned destinations.

Overseas ACAC [Association for College Admissions Counseling] President David Allen, university guidance counselor at the British International School of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), urges patience and consideration of the students’ “communication with chosen colleges and universities, specifically in regard to their sending in intention letters, financial documents, deposits and the to and fro of I-20s.”

Allen offered that “It should also be noted that this will have some considerable affect on students’ potential scores in their IB/AP/A level examinations as many of them are currently stranded away from their schools and missing valuable revision classes with their teachers,” Allen said.

Air travel was disrupted for six days following the eruption. Travelers, mail, and other deliveries were halted in its aftermath.

We are aware that many educational institutions (secondary and postsecondary) may communicate admission related information via the internet but in situations where mail is a part of the process, we ask that member institutions please take into account how the recent challenges impact communications with students around the world.

Thank you for your consideration,

Jim Jump
NACAC President

By Valerie Strauss  | April 22, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
Categories:  Civics Education  | Tags:  association for college admissions counseling, college admissions process, effects of volcano eruption, may 1st acceptance date, nacac, volcano and college admissions  
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Comments

Should we be concerned that so many non-U.S. citizens are attending American Universities? They pay full price but then take that excellent education back to their native country.

Posted by: prnt23 | April 22, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

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