COVID-19’s Impact on the College Search

Prospective High School Seniors Survey Report

Uncertainty is inevitable in the time of COVID-19, but as we rally to make strategic choices and support young people going to college, information directly from the source can help. And the source is ready to talk.

The report includes information on concern about the outbreak, potential delays to education, commitment date needs, financial anxiety felt, and more.

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COVID-19’s Impact on the College Search
COVID-19’s Impact on the College Search

Data highlights.

Carnegie sampled high school seniors across the country who use our CollegeXpress platform. In less than two days, we received 4,848 completed surveys. All the information was analyzed for differences between key demographic groups. Some of the highlights of the report include:


of prospects say communication from prospect schools has been about right


of prospects anticipate needing more time beyond May 1 to commit to a school


of prospects felt they would not attend summer orientation

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“Honestly, as a senior in high school right now, it probably sounds selfish, but all I can think of is how much this sucks for the graduating class of 2020.” Female Survey Respondent
West Coast