Colleges That Have Changed Deposit Deadline to June 1, 2020 or Later

Updated May 4, 2020, 2 pm central

Email updates/additions to

Adrian College (MI)

Agnes Scott College (GA)

Albertus Magnus College (CT)

Albright College (PA)

Alfred University (NY)

Alma College (MI)

Alvernia University (PA)

Alverno College (WI)

The American University of Paris

Anna Maria College (MA)

Arcadia University (PA)

Assumption College (MA)

Auburn University (AL)

Augusta University (GA)

Augustana College (IL)

Austin College (TX)

Averett University (VA)

Baldwin Wallace University (OH)

Ball State University (IN)

Bay Path University (MA)

Baylor University (TX)

Becker College (MA)

Bellarmine University (KY)

Beloit College (WI)

Bennington College (VT)

Biola University (CA)

Birmingham-Southern College (AL)

Bishop’s University (QC)

Boise State University (ID)

Bradley University (IL)

Bridgewater College (VA)

Buena Vista University (IA)

Butler University (IN)

Bryan College (TN)

The Catholic University of America (DC)

Caldwell University (NJ)

California College of the Arts (CA)

California Lutheran University (CA)

California State University, Channel Islands(CA)

California State University, Chico (CA)

California State University, Dominguez Hills (CA)

California State University, Humboldt (CA)

California State University Monterey Bay (CA)

California State University, Pomona (CA)

California State University, Sacramento (CA)

California State University, San Bernardino (CA)

California State University, San Francisco (CA)

California State University, San Marcos (CA)

Calvin College (MI)

Capital University (OH)

Carlow University (PA)

Carroll University (WI)

The Catholic University of America (DC)

Cedarville University (OH)

Centenary College of Louisiana (LA)

Central College (IA)

Central State University (OH)

Centre College (KY)

Chaminade University of Honolulu (HI)

Chestnut Hill College (MA)

The Citadel (SC)

Clarion University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Clark Atlanta University (GA)

Clark University (MA)

Clarkson University (NY)

Cleary University (MI)

Cleveland Institute of Art (OH)

Cleveland State University (OH)

Coastal Carolina University (SC)

Colby-Sawyer College (NH)

College of Idaho (ID)

College of Mount Saint Vincent (NY)

College of Saint Benedict (MN) and Saint John’s University (MN)

College of Saint Elizabeth (NJ)

College of Saint Rose (NY)

College of St. Scholastica (MN)

The College of Wooster (OH)

College of the Atlantic (ME)

Colorado State University (CO)

Columbia College (IL)

Columbia College (SC)

Columbus College of Art & Design (OH)

Connecticut College (CT)

Concordia College (MN)

Concordia University Chicago (IL)

Concordia University (MN)

Converse College (SC)

The Cooper Union (NY)

Cornell College (IA)

Creighton University (NE)

CUNY Queens College (NY)

D'Youville College (NY)

Dean College (MA)

Defiance College (OH)

DePaul University (IL)

DePauw University (IN)

Dominican University (IL)

Dominican University of California (CA)

Drake University (IA)

Drew University (NJ)

Drury University (MO)

Earlham College (IN)

Eastern Mennonite University (VA)

Eastern Washington University (WA)

Elizabethtown College (PA)

Elmhurst College (IL)

Emerson College (MA)

Emmanuel College (MA)

Erskine College (SC)

Ferrum College (VA)

Fitchburg State University (MA)

Framingham State University (MA)

George Mason University (VA)

Georgia College & State University (GA)

Georgian Court University (NJ)

Gonzaga University (WA)

Goucher College (MD)

Grand Valley State University (MI)

Hamline University (MN)

Hanover College (IN)

Heidelberg University (OH)

Hendrix College (AR)

Hilbert College (NY)

Hofstra University (NY)

Hollins College (VA)

Holy Names University (CA)

Hood College (MD)

Hunter College (NY)

Illinois College

Illinois State University (IL)

Illinois Wesleyan University (IL)

Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Indiana University, South Bend (IN)

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Indiana Wesleyan University (IN)

Iowa State University (IA)

Ithaca College (NY)


Jacksonville University (FL)

John Carroll University (OH)

Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte (NC)

Johnson & Wales University, Providence (RI)

Juniata College (PA)

Kean University (NJ)

Kent State University (OH)

Kettering University (MI)

Knox College (IL)

Lake Forest College (IL)

Lakeland University (WI)

Landmark College (VT)

Lawrence Technological University (MI)

Lawrence University (WI)

Le Moyne College (NY)

Lebanon Valley College (PA)

Lesley University (MA)

Lewis & Clark College (OR)

Linfield College (OR)

Lock Haven University (PA)

Loyola U of Chicago (IL)

Loyola U of Maryland (MD)

Loyola U of New Orleans (LA)

Luther College (IA)

Lycoming College (PA)

Lyon College (AR)

Macalester College (MN)

Malone University (OH)

Marian University (IN)

Mary Baldwin University (VA)

Marymount University (VA)

Marymount Manhattan College (NY)

Maryville University (MO)

Massachusetts Coll of Art and Design (MA)

Massachusetts Coll of Liberal Arts (MA)

McDaniel College (MD)

McKendree University (IL)

Mercy College (NY)

Mercyhurst University (PA)

Merrimack College (MA)

Miami University (OH)

Michigan Technological University (MI)

Millikin University (IL)

Milligan College (TN)

Mills College (CA)

Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MN)

Misericordia University (PA)

Missouri State University (MO)

Mitchell College (CT)

Molloy College (NY)

Monmouth College (IL)

Montclair State University (NJ)

Moravian College (PA)

Mount Mercy University (NE)

Mount St. Joseph University (OH)

Mount St Mary's University (MD)

Muhlenberg College (PA)

Multnomah University (OR)

Nazareth College (NY)

Neumann University (PA)

New College of Florida (FL)

The New School (NY)

New York Institute of Technology (NY)

Nichols College (MA)

North Central College (IL)

Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Ohio University (OH)

Ohio Northern University (OH)

Ohio Wesleyan University (OH)

Oklahoma City University (OK)

Oklahoma State University (OK)

Oregon State University (OR)

Oregon State University, Cascades (OR)

Otis College of Art and Design (CA)

Pace University (NY) (excluding Performing Arts majors)

Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

Pacific Northwest College of Art (OR)

Paul Smith's College (NY)

Pennsylvania State, University Park (PA)

Pepperdine University (CA)

Point Loma Nazarene Univ (CA)

Point Park University (PA)

Presbyterian College (SC)

Purchase College, SUNY (NY)

Purdue University (IN)

Queens University of Charlotte (NC)

Quincy University (IL)

Quinnipiac University (CT)

Radford University (VA)

Regis University (CO)

Rhode Island College (RI)

Rider University (NJ)

Ripon College (WI)

Rivier University (NH)

Roanoke College (VA)

Robert Morris University (PA)

Rochester Inst of Technology (NY)

Rockhurst University (MO)

Roger Williams University (RI)

Rowan University (NJ)

Saint Francis University (PA)

Saint Joseph College of Maine (ME)

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Saint Martin's University (WA)

Saint Mary's College (IN)

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (MN)

Saint Michael’s College (VT)

Saint Peter’s University (NJ)

Saint Vincent College (PA)

St. Thomas Aquinas College (NY)

St. Ambrose University (IA)

St. Edward’s University (TX)

St. Francis College (NY)

St. John’s University (NY)

St. Louis College of Pharmacy (MO)

Salem State University (MA)

Salisbury University (MD)

Salve Regina University (RI)

Seattle University (WA)

Shenandoah University (VA)

Simpson College (IA)

Sonoma State University (CA)

Southern Connecticut State University (CT)

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

Southern New Hampshire University (NH)

Southwestern University (TX)

Spring Hill College (AL)

SUNY Alfred State Coll of Tech (NY)

SUNY University at Albany (NY)

SUNY Brockport (NY)

SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry (NY)

SUNY Farmingdale State College (NY)

SUNY Fredonia (NY)

SUNY, Geneseo (NY)

SUNY New Paltz (NY)

SUNY Oneonta (NY)

SUNY Oswego (NY)

Stetson University (FL)

Stockton University (NJ)

Suffolk University (MA)

Susquehanna University (PA)

Sweet Briar College (VA)

Texas Christian University (TX)

Texas Lutheran University (TX)

Texas State University (TX)

Trinity College (CT)

U of Akron (OH)

U of Alabama (AL)

U of Alabama, Birmingham (AL)

U of Arizona (AZ)

U at Buffalo (NY)

U of Cincinnati (OH) Excluding CCM

U of Dallas (TX)

U of Dayton (OH)

U of Detroit Mercy (MI)

U of Evansville (IN)

U of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

U of Illinois, Chicago (IL)

U of Illinois, Springfield (IL)

U of the Incarnate Word (TX)

U of Kansas (KS)

U of Louisville (KY)

U of Massachusetts, Boston (MA)

U of Massachusetts, Lowell (MA)

U of Minnesota, Crookston (MN)

U of Nebraska, Lincoln (NE)

U of Nebraska, Omaha (NE)

U of New England (ME)

U of New Hampshire (NH)

U of New Haven (CT)

U of North Carolina Wilmington (NC)

U of Northern Colorado (CO)

U of Oklahoma (OK)

U of Oregon (OR)

U of Portland (OR)

U of Puget Sound (WA)

U of Saint Joseph (CT)

U of St. Thomas (MN)

U of St. Thomas (TX)

U of Sioux Falls (SD)

U of South Alabama (AL)

U of South Carolina (SC)

U of Tennessee (TN)

U of the Arts (PA)

U of Toledo (OH)

U of Utah (UT)

U of Virginia, Wise (VA)

U of Washington, Tacoma (WA)

U of West Florida (FL)

Ursinus College (PA)

Ursuline College (OH)

Utica College (NY)

Valparaiso University (IN)

Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Virginia Wesleyan University (VA)

Viterbo University (WI)

Warren Wilson College (NC)

Washington College (MD)

Washington State University (WA)

Wayne State University (MI)

Wells College (NY)

West Virginia University (WV)

Western Michigan University (MI)

Western New England University (MA)

Western Washington University (WA)

Westminster College (UT)

Wheaton College (MA)

Wheaton College (IL)

Whittier College (CA)

Whitworth University (WA)

Widener University (PA)

William Paterson University (NJ)

Williams College (MA)

Winthrop University (SC)

Wittenberg University (OH)

Woodbury University (CA)

Worcester State University (MA)

Xavier University (OH)

York College of Pennsylvania (PA)


ACCEPT strongly advocates moving National College Decision Day from May 1, 2020 to June 1, 2020 or later. We believe this change is best for applicants and their families, colleges, and schools. Why?

ACCEPT also acknowledges and thanks the many colleges that offer rolling admissions and do not have a set deadline for enrollment. We appreciate all the modes of higher education who are reaching out!!

For applicants and their families:

  • As of March 23, over 45 states have closed schools state-wide, some for the remainder of the school year. Most large cities have closed their public schools, and many non-public schools are following their lead. This number will continue to grow in the coming weeks.
  • The financial impact of the coronavirus is devastating, and certainly will touch everyone. It’s deeply unfair to ask anyone at this moment to commit to spending $40-80,000/year while everything is so unsettled.
  • For admitted applicants, they will have very limited opportunities to visit campuses...without students.
  • This disruption will make good counseling, especially about financial aid, incredibly difficult despite everyone’s best efforts.

For colleges:

  • Some college admissions offices may not be able to finalize decisions, distribute decision letters, and process financial aid packages in the “typical” timeframe.
  • College admissions and financial aid staff will be working remotely; there will be service disruptions, and this could make interactions between and among students, parents, and staff difficult.
  • Campus visit days have been cancelled, and admitted students will have few, if any, opportunities to visit before May 1.
  • It is likely that the financial devastation caused by the coronavirus will cause more families to request aid and with higher need than before this crisis. New financial realities for both applicants and current students will greatly impact financial aid professionals over the next six weeks and beyond.

For schools:

  • While schools are doing their best to provide college guidance at a distance, the disruption will make good counseling, especially about financial aid, incredibly difficult.
  • Schools will need additional time to design and implement new end-of-year assessments given in highly unusual circumstances.
  • Getting “final” transcripts to colleges will be a herculean effort, and will happen only after a million other problems are solved. This will not be a priority for schools, and that’s entirely appropriate.

Why not just wait for applicants to request an extension?

  • Saying “individuals can ask for extensions” is not helpful. You know who'd be least likely to ask for an extension? The ones who are least savvy: Students who are low income, first generation, and/or students of color.

Most of all...

  • People. Need. Time. To. Sort. This. Stuff. Out.

Who thinks it's a good idea to extend the deposit deadline to June 1 or later?

  • Over 2/3 of these surveyed seniors
  • The students in this story by NPR 
  • The students in this story by CNN
  • The students in this story by the Washington Post
  • The students in this story by the Chronicle of Higher Ed
  • The students in this story by The Hechinger Report & PBS
  • The Cristo Rey network of schools think it's a good idea to extend the deadline to June 1 or later "Extend the candidate reply deadline to June 1, 2020 (as many colleges are doing at this time). We suggest that this change is best for applicants and their families, colleges, and schools. This equity-minded action on your part may be preferable to requiring individuals to ask for an extension. Cristo Rey Network students, like many others, are predominantly low-income, first-generation, and students of color. A deadline extension is the most equitable response for all prospective students."
  • This article by The Americano
  • NACAC says it's a good idea "Extending the May 1 deposit deadline could be very beneficial this year in light of the current limitations on large group gatherings and travel. We understand that financial or administrative challenges might make it impossible for some colleges to relax their deadlines, but we urge institutions to be as flexible as possible in these difficult times."
  • NACAC former president, David Burge, "George Mason University, where I have the privilege to serve, has moved the deposit date back to June 1. Because if it were my kids trying to pick a college during this yuck, I wouldn’t want them worrying about this too."
  • And #RealCollege thinks it’s a good idea "Extend your decision deadline and do it now. Students and families are unlikely to be in a position to make decisions on where they can attend college at this time, even if they are, decisions made under stress are unlikely to be decisions that stick, so keeping a May 1 deadline is likely to ruin yield predictions and lead to increased summer melt. Jon Boeckenstedt has a great thread on some of the reasons why extending your deadline makes sense. It is worth noting that colleges that respond quickly and with compassion at this time are likely to be viewed more favorably by students and families when they do make their final decisions"
  • And of course these 325 colleges!

Thanks to Jon Boeckenstedt & Heath Einstein for their guidance, thoughts, and words in this project!