Emergency admissions policy to help hurricane-affected students
Published on September 1, 2005
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The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, announced today an emergency admissions policy to assist students who were enrolled at colleges and universities affected by Hurricane Katrina.
The policy offers qualified students a chance to attend the U of M as early as this fall if they apply by the end of the day Friday, September 2. Fall semester classes begin Tuesday, September 6.
"Hurricane Katrina was a disaster with far-reaching impact on the lives of many people," says Wayne Sigler, director of admissions. "We have been contacted by students from Minnesota and elsewhere who were to start college classes in the region affected by the hurricane. We want to do what we can to minimize the impact of this disaster on the region's college students."
The University has already admitted a law school student who plans on starting classes next week.
The policy for hurricane-affected students includes:
- Each request will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
- If the student is qualified, the University will work to the best of its ability to admit him or her for the fall semester, but the student may have to wait for the spring 2006 semester.
- First consideration will be given to Minnesota residents and then to residents of states directly affected by the hurricane.
- Campus housing will be made available to as many new freshmen as possible.
- The Office of Student Finance will work with each student on a case-by-case basis.