Blog readers may already know that Tufts and Fletcher have announced an action plan in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation. Among the most prominent steps of this plan are the decisions to conduct all classes virtually for the remainder of the academic year, and to cancel all in-person events and activities both on- and off-campus. For our office and our admitted students, this unfortunately means the cancellation of our scheduled Open House events on April 5 and 6, as well as the suspension of our regular campus-based offerings such as class visits and coffee with current students. You can find full details about Fletcher’s response to the epidemic here.
This is obviously disappointing news for our admitted students, as it is for us here in Admissions. While planning Open House and related events is a big undertaking, it’s also one of the most rewarding parts of the admissions year. It’s a bummer to have to let it go.
These are unusual times, but I want to reassure readers, and particularly our admitted students, that we’ll be here for you. The Fletcher School will remain open, and our office will continue to be available to you as you consider your enrollment options. We already have scheduled a variety of virtual events for admitted students, and will be offering a considerable number of further events and bits of content to help you learn more about the Fletcher community, the curriculum, student life, and career planning. We will announce new such events as they are scheduled, and will continually update online resources for admitted students with the latest information.
You’ll also be hearing from us individually. Not planning an Open House means we are able to do more of some other things, like schedule a time to chat on the phone, or via Skype. Even in less fraught times, it’s normal to have lots of questions about planning for grad school. Sometimes a call is the easiest way to cover a lot of ground, and we’re happy to arrange a time to connect directly.
We’ll all work through these circumstances together. These changes are in the best interests of our community and our admitted student population, and are the most effective contribution Fletcher and Tufts can make to help “flatten the curve” of the spread of COVID-19. To all of our community, our admitted students, and prospective candidates, we’re thinking of you and your loved ones around the world affected by this crisis.
So keep washing those hands, and stay safe and healthy! We’ll look forward to being in touch with all of you in the coming days and weeks.