Senior Fall Decision: The After-May 1 Deadline COVID Survey

As schools across the country face one of the most significant decisions in their history in the weeks and months ahead—if and how to re-open for the fall—Carnegie Dartlet is pleased to share the latest and most definitive study on the current high school senior perspective.

In combination with our first senior study on March 19, we have just completed a rare post-May 1 deadline congruent study, and the results are clear and resounding. In total, we surveyed 4,800 college-bound high school seniors in March, and another 2,800 in May, to create a change-over-time analysis to aid in your decision-making.

Here are just a few of the key findings:

  • 33% of students may defer or cancel if classes go fully online
  • A campus that physically opens with simple social distancing measures is likely to retain 95% of their commitments
  • 42% of students will not delay under any circumstance

For more information about this research, please email