EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon announced Wednesday they will be pushing back their decision day to Sept. 1 -- the first in the United States.
Traditionally high school seniors across the country who are planning to go to college have to decide their path forward by May 1. But officials from the University of Oregon said because of the current situation with the pandemic, they pushed the deadline to four weeks before the first day of the fall term.
Roger Thompson, Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management, said the university wanted to relieve some stress on seniors that are going through an unprecedented time.
"Here are high school seniors that have had their senior year completely wrecked," Thompson said. "I mean no prom, no graduation, no spring sports. It just felt like the right thing to do for our students and families to take the pressure off their college decision process."
Thompson said the university will also push back the deadline for incoming students to choose their residence halls. He said more information will come out next week about those changes.