NORMAN — Prospective University of Oklahoma students have a few extra weeks to submit their applications after superstorm Sandy crippled much of the Eastern Seaboard.
Matt Hamilton, OU's registrar and vice president for enrollment and student financial services, said the university will push its enrollment deadline back to Nov. 30 to accommodate applicants from areas affected by the storm. The university's deadline originally had been set for Thursday.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has urged colleges and universities with November application deadlines to adjust their application periods to allow students in affected areas to apply.
“Many colleges and universities have recognized the unanticipated difficulties that students are facing in completing their college applications, and some institutions have already extended their deadlines,” Duncan said in a statement. “We encourage other institutions to consider being as flexible as possible in the coming weeks to accommodate students whose lives were disrupted by Hurricane Sandy.”
Hamilton said he expects the extended deadline will only affect a few applicants. Most prospective students who intended to apply have already done so, he said. Extending the deadline allows students in the Northeast to submit their applications late rather than choosing another school.
“We thought there were a whole host of good reasons to go ahead and extend the deadline to Nov. 30,” he said.
Erin Smith, Oklahoma State University's assistant director for undergraduate admissions, said OSU doesn't have a specific deadline. The university accepts applications on a rolling basis, she said, meaning applicants wouldn't be affected by a strict cutoff date.