MISSOULA — One sector of education seeing major impacts from COVID-19 this year is the college admission scene.
Everything from the traditional campus visit to the first-year college experience looks different right now.
For example, with the backdrop of Missoula’s landscape, one of the major selling points for the University of Montana is setting foot on campus.
Recruiters now have to rely on virtual elements to grow their Griz family -- think virtual campus tours and virtual meetings with professors and coaches.
UM officials say they’re also noticing a delay in the decision-making process as many students are hesitant to commit to a college amid the uncertainty of COVID-19.
Students who were set to go out of state for school are now looking at UM as a viable option so they can stay closer to home.
But on the flip side, some out-of-state residents are looking at UM as the smaller, more rural, and ultimately safer option right now.
UM Director of Communications Paula Short says if a student is in limbo, UM could be the perfect fit for now.
"The University of Montana, for a year -- even if you had planned to go to another institution -- it might make more sense for you and your family, for you to stay local," she told MTN News.
"And the University of Montana can give you a world-class education whether you come for one year and then plan to go to another institution or you through your entire educational career," Short added.
She added that there is still time to apply for classes at UM if your plans have changed elsewhere.
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