Stevens is currently monitoring the coronavirus, and will continue to do so in an effort to keep our community safe and informed. The Stevens administration and Student Health Services staff are in regular contact with local, state and national agencies to closely monitor the progress of the virus.
Health Advisory & Campus Update
Updated June 1, 2020, 4:20 PM
To : The Stevens Community
From : Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date : June 1, 2020
Subject : Updates on Fall 2021 ACT/SAT Requirements, Virtual Summer 2020 Pre-College and Fall 2020 Pre-Orientation Programs
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on the availability of testing options for many high school students applying for admission for Fall 2021 and has also required that we reimagine how we offer our Summer 2020 Pre-College and Fall 2020 Pre-Orientation programs. Below is an update on these topics.
Fall 2021 Admission for 1st Year Students: Test Optional
The Covid-19 pandemic has led to SAT/ACT testing date cancellations, making it difficult for many students to take the exams. Students who are able to take the exams are doing so under unusual circumstances, including measures taken for to adhere to public health directives. Therefore, in an effort to support access to our university, Stevens Institute of Technology will suspend the SAT/ACT test score requirement for one year and become test optional, to the extent possible, for Fall 2021 first year student applicants.
The test optional plan will require applicants to indicate on their application if they will submit test scores. Those who choose to do so will have the opportunity to self-report test scores on their application and then officially submit test scores from the testing agency upon enrollment. If test scores are submitted, they will be used in a holistic review of the student’s application.
The test optional plan does not eliminate the need for demonstrated language proficiency. Non-native English-speaking students will still be required to submit results from an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, SAT EBRW or Duolingo).
Additional information is available online.
Virtual Summer 2020 Pre-College Program
The Office of Pre-College programs is happy to announce we will be offering select summer programs online. These virtual programs will allow students to participate in a unique academic experience with our Stevens faculty and a chance to meet and work with current Stevens undergraduate students. We will be offering five, one-week programs in Business Explorer, Cybersecurity (Beginner), Cybersecurity (Advanced), Introduction to Coding, Engineering Bootcamp, and one, two-week program in Intermediate Computer Science. Please visit Stevens Virtual Pre-College Programs for more information.
Fall 2020 Pre-Orientation Program for Incoming Undergraduates
Stevens has decided to pause the registration process for the Pre-Orientation Program, which had been scheduled to begin on August 23. Our Student Life team is examining the program and reimagining how we can provide an engaging and exciting program, while also ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff and abiding by guidance from the State of New Jersey and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We expect to finalize plans for Pre-Orientation by early July. Please be assured that students who have already registered and paid for the Pre-Orientation Program will receive a refund if the program is not held as planned.
Thank you for your attention to these important matters.
Updated June 1, 2020, 9:15 AM
To: The Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: June 1, 2020
Subject: Updates on COVID-19 Cases, CARES Act Funds Available for Students and Other Resources
I am pleased to report that Stevens Health Services has not received reports of any new COVID-19 cases since my last email. Of the cases reported to Stevens, no individuals are currently hospitalized and all are either completely recovered or making steady progress toward a full recovery at home.
Although we are seeing some positive news about the reduction of COVID-19 cases in our area, please continue to be diligent and follow all federal, state and local guidelines to protect yourself and others. Face masks, social distancing, regular hand washing and monitoring your health for COVID-19 symptoms are important safeguards against the spread of infection.
If any member of our community tests positive for COVID-19, please immediately contact Stevens Student Health Services at 201-216-5678 or [email protected]. The City of Hoboken provides daily updates on COVID-19 and we recommend that members of our community sign up for Hoboken alerts at https://local.nixle.com/alert/7903072/?sub_id=2919246. We will continue to provide the most up to date information and past advisories and emails on the Stevens COVID-19 website.
Federal CARES Act COVID-19 Financial Assistance for Students: Priority Deadline – June 15th
Stevens has received approximately $1.5 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist eligible students experiencing unexpected financial challenges that occur as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including food insecurity, housing, course materials, learning technology needs, health care and child-care expenses.
Students may apply for CARES Act emergency grants through the on-line COVID-19 Student Emergency Assistance Grant application. Applications must be received by June 15, 2020. If all funds are not expended or if additional funding becomes available, the application deadline may be extended. Emergency grants must be awarded in accordance with federal guidance, which requires that recipients are eligible for Title IV (federal) financial aid. Students who are not Title IV eligible (i.e. international and undocumented students) and are experiencing financial challenges associated with the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 are encouraged to reach out to the following offices: Undergraduate Students: [email protected]; Graduate Students: [email protected]
Mental Health Resources and Additional Information
The Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is now offering tele-behavioral health services (teletherapy) for Stevens students. If you are a current client of CAPS and are interested in setting up a teletherapy appointment, please reach out to your therapist (or call our main number at 201-216-5177). If you have not been to CAPS and are interested in scheduling a teletherapy session, please call 201-216-5177 and a counselor will provide you with a brief screening. CAPS services are for Stevens students only. Please visit the CAPS website for more information.
For members of our community who are experiencing anxiety and stress due to the COVID-19 emergency, the N.J. Department of Human Services operates a toll-free “warm line” which is a resource for people seeking mental health service. The warm line is activated during events that impact the mental health of New Jersey residents. The warm line is available 24 hours and has language access: (877) 294-HELP (4357). Note that the “warm line” does not replace 911 and is not used to report emergencies.
Other useful information related to COVID-19 may be found at:
- U.S. State Department
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- The New Jersey Department of Health
- State of New Jersey COVID-19 Website
- NJ Prepares for Potential Coronavirus Cases 24-hour public hotline: 800-222-1222
Thank you for your attention to these important matters. Please stay safe and healthy.