Menlo College to Extend its Commit Deadline

ATHERTON, Calif. (May 1, 2020) Menlo College has extended its deposit deadline past the National College Decision Day, the deadline for high school seniors to choose which college they will attend, on May 1. Given the global coronavirus pandemic and resulting uncertainty, Menlo has committed to reverting to a rolling basis, for both its application and commit deadlines.

Priscila De Souza, Dean of Enrollment Management, shares, “Our prospective students are already contending with virtual instruction, testing cancellations, graduation cancellations, prom cancellations and general disruption and fear in their day-to-day lives. Menlo prides itself on being able to offer an incredibly personalized college experience- that experience begins with recruitment. We will do whatever we can to support these students. As of now, we are informally considering June 1 to be our new deposit deadline, but given the current situation, we expect an extension even beyond the June 1 date.”

To ensure that its prospective students are making informed decisions with confidence, Menlo has developed several virtual initiatives. These initiatives include one-on-one virtual meetings and phone calls with current students, faculty, alumni, admissions counselors, staff, and even the President of the College. Menlo also plans to continue with its previously scheduled recruiting events, converting them to an online format. Additional event options also include taking a live or prerecorded tour of campus and no less than 12 online sessions and panels open to the public, per week.

With a current student population of just under 900, Menlo College’s intimate size has enabled the college to respond quickly and deliberately. In addition to pushing back its recruitment deadlines, Menlo has also pushed back its Fall 2020 start date. The College’s upcoming semester will now begin on September 8 to support the increase of uncertainty within its prospective student population and ensure the safety and wellbeing of its current students, staff, faculty, and surrounding community. This decision was made by the senior leadership team, which meets daily to discuss developments of the ongoing situation. 

About Menlo College

Founded in 1927, Menlo College is a small private four-year college with a mission to ignite potential and educate students to make meaningful contributions in the innovation economy. A residential college in the heart of Silicon Valley just outside San Francisco, Menlo College offers degrees in business and psychology. Our students come from all over the world to learn leadership, critical thinking, creativity, team building, communication, and the science of behavior. We take advantage of the strong innovative community around us. Students are required to take an internship at one of the many companies and incubators with which we have partnerships. We are proud of our intimate and engaged student community, fueled by our spirited and competitive athletics program. More information about Menlo College can be found at