COVID-19 Impact on Fall 2021

Evaluating the Effect of the Pandemic on the Undergraduate Application Cycle

With the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19, prospective college students are anxious. Coupled with other factors, this anxiety has led to a downturn in applications by October for many institutions. As the leader in higher education research, Carnegie wanted to understand how application behavior might vary from past cycles and offer definitive strategies for keeping the enrollment pipeline flowing.

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COVID-19 Impact on Fall 2021
COVID-19 Impact on Fall 2021

Data highlights.

Carnegie Dartlet sampled more than 1,100 Fall 2021 prospects from across the country utilizing its CollegeXpress platform and panel partnerships.


of students are too overwhelmed to finish the application process right now


of students are still gathering college information


of students have taken a virtual campus tour

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