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Hurricane Sandy Impacts College Applications

With standardized tests canceled on the east coast, colleges are forced to respond.

Hurricane Sandy strikes again. Colleges nationwide have extended application dates after Sandy interrupted SAT testing and application submission on the East Coast.

Many universities share a traditional Nov. 1 deadline, and especially those universities who utilize the early action and early decision process. These schools have now extended the deadline until Nov. 5 to apply.

Students who apply early action and early decision typically have higher attrition rates, according to Mike Steidel, director of undergraduate admission at Carnegie Mellon. These schools, therefore, place a high value on ensuring the process is not affected by the hurricane.

"We're trying to be as flexible and as accommodating as we possibly can," Steidel said.

Students who were unable to take the schedule SAT will now be able to take the test for free in December. The College Board will also work with students applying early to expedite scores to schools as quickly as possible.

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