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February 10, 2020




All UF Graduate Associate Deans, Department Chairs, Coordinators, and Staff




UF Graduate School




Some Counsel: Coronavirus and Admissions

As you may already know, due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, GRE, IELTS, and TOEFL test centers there have shut down temporarily, affecting the ability of many Chinese graduate school applicants to take those tests and supply scores for the current application cycle.

At this time, there is no word as to when testing will resume in China, though the most recent (and optimistic) reports suggest one month.

However, precise estimation is simply not possible.

In the meantime, the Graduate School counsels at this point:

1.      Please be as flexible as possible with submission deadlines for application materials for applicants from areas affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

2.      Bear in mind that test scores are but one factor in a thorough, holistic evaluation of applicants, so in their absence your evaluations ought to continue apace on the basis of transcripts, curricula vitae, writing samples, and other such elements, from which you ought to be able to draw at least a preliminary conclusion as to whether or not an applicant is a promising prospect, pending receipt of scores.

3.      If applicants send you PDF copies of their unofficial score reports from the testing agencies, the Graduate School is willing to admit conditionally on the basis of such documents, with a registration hold set on the admittee’s record to block enrollment until official scores are posted in the Slate admission system at UF.

4.      Acceptance letters or offers of admission may not be issued until your applicants are fully and duly admitted through the Slate system.

We are keeping an eye on this situation and will share whatever new information and insights we can as updates reach us.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation.