October 28, 2012

Cornell Extends Early Decision Deadline as Hurricane Sandy Approaches

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In anticipation of power outages affecting the East Coast as Hurricane Sandy approaches, Cornell and dozens of other universities have extended their deadlines for early applications.

All Cornell hopefuls will have until midnight on Nov. 5 to submit their application, including forms and recommendations sent by their school, according to the University’s undergraduate admissions office’s website. Previously, the University’s deadline for early decision applicants was Nov. 1.

Claudia Wheatley, director of press relations for the University, confirmed Monday afternoon that Cornell issued its extension in response to the hurricane.

“Because of Hurricane Sandy, the [admissions office] anticipates that there will be power outages all over the northeast in the next couple of the days. We know it will be very hard for students to get anything done on time, yet alone an application for college,” Wheatley said.

She added that it is not “terribly unusual” for the University to extend deadlines for applications.

“It happens frequently that deadlines are extended because of hurricanes. One year, there was a terrible snowstorm in Buffalo. The weather can sometimes make it necessary to extend deadlines for applications,” she said.

Original Author: Akane Otani