COVID-19 Admissions & Financial Aid FAQs

Please keep in mind that public health guidance is rapidly changing in response to the global pandemic and our team is continuously updating plans as warranted. If you have a question that is not answered here, please email us at admissions@barry.edu or call 305-899-3100.

On-Campus Events

Is Barry offering campus tours?

We are pleased to be offering limited capacity campus tours for prospective students who reside anywhere the Unites States. International guests are welcome 14 days after entering the country (proof of date may be requested). More information and registration are available here.

We also offer student ambassador led virtual campus tours. Register here.

For all others, we are excited to connect with you online or by phone! In the meantime, please visit our virtual campus tour.

Undergraduate Admissions

Is Barry changing test requirements given test date cancellations?

Yes, we are reviewing applications for test-optional acceptance. Freshmen domestic students have to opt-in either when they apply, or if they have already applied.

If my school closes, how can I submit my final senior year grades?

We will work closely with students and schools in the event cancellations or the suspension of activities result in processing difficulties for final transcripts and end-of-year examinations and tests. This another example of a factor outside of the student's control and we will work with you to obtain documentation even if there is a delay over the summer.

As a transfer student, my college closed, and I am unable to get my transcript with grades posted. Can I still be considered for admission?

Yes, you can still be considered for admission. We will work closely with you and your school in the event cancellations or the suspension of activities result transcript processing difficulties. This another example of a factor outside of the student's control and we will work with you to obtain documentation even if there is a delay over the summer.

As a transfer student, can I find out how my coursework would transfer to a specific major at Barry?

Yes, you can speak with a Transcript Evaluator for an informal transfer credit session. He or she will provide you with an unofficial evaluation of your unofficial transcript during one of the upcoming Undergraduate Transfer Days.

If those days are not convenient to you, you may work directly with a Transcript Evaluator to schedule a conversation at a mutually convenient time.

How can I get in touch with my Admissions Counselor?

You can contact your Admissions Counselor directly by email (see list below). However, we encourage you to use www.barry.edu/ugbooking to set up a virtual one-on-one meeting at an arranged time. During these meetings counselors can review your application status, answer your unique questions, and discuss next steps.

Graduate Admissions

I am unable to sit for the necessary tests in order to complete my application. What should I do?

The University is aware of the potential difficulties that prospective applicants may face in completing required standardized tests. If your test has been cancelled, contact your Graduate Admissions Director to learn about potential accommodations.

My previously attended institution is closed and I am unable to get my transcripts. Can I still be considered for admission?

Yes, you can still be considered for admission. We will work closely with you and your school in the event cancellations or the suspension of activities result in transcript processing difficulties. This is outside of the student's control and we will work with you to obtain documentation even if there is a delay over the summer.

I am unable to pay the application fee due to COVID-19 related hardships. Can I receive an application fee waiver?

Graduate applicants for the following programs and schools can use the waiver code COVID19 in their myBarry application:

  • School of Social Work
  • School of Education
  • School of Professional and Career Education
  • College of Arts
  • Biomedical Science
  • Health Services Administration
  • Clinical Biology
  • Post-Anesthesiology
  • Nursing

School of Business applicants should reach out to Patricia Bisciotti, Director of Graduate Admissions to receive their BusinessCAS application waiver code.

Are there any provisions for students who need to take the GRE®?

To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the GRE® General Test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering a GRE General Test at home option in selected areas. The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the GRE General Test taken at a test center.

Find out if you meet the criteria to take the GRE at home by visiting https://www.ets.org/s/cv/gre/at-home/.

How can I get in touch with my Graduate Admissions Director?

You can contact your Graduate Admissions Director by phone (see list below). However, we encourage you to use www.barry.edu/gradbooking to set up a virtual one-on-one meeting at an arranged time. During these meetings counselors can review your application status, answer your unique questions, and discuss next steps.

Department Of Recruitment And Admissions: (305-899-3100)

College Of Arts And Sciences – Graduate Admissions: (305-899-3100)

College Of Nursing And Health Sciences - Graduate & Allied Health Admissions

  • Denise Deen, Director, Admissions, College of Nursing & Health Sciences, ddeen@barry.edu
  • Tokeena Wallace, Coordinator, College of Nursing & Health Sciences Graduate Recruitment and Admissions, twallace@barry.edu

School Of Business – Graduate Admissions: (305-899-3494)

School of Education – Graduate Admissions: (305-899-4035)

School of Law: (321-206-5600)

School of Podiatric Medicine: (305-899-3123)

School of Social Work: (305-899-3672)

  • Kristy Vega, Director, Graduate Admissions, School of Social Work, kvega@barry.edu

International Admissions

If I cannot take my end-of-year exams will my admission be in jeopardy?

No, we will work with you and your school and you will not be penalized for events outside of your control.

Will Barry still issue I-20s?

We are still processing and mailing I-20 forms. You should begin the visa application process as soon as you receive your I-20 as we anticipate some students may encounter delays in visa processing.

The U.S. Department of State recently announced that visa services have been temporarily suspended at all U.S. embassies and consulates. We don't know how long this will last but we will continue updating you with the latest information.

Please be in contact with your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to ensure you can schedule your visa interview when visa services resume.

If you can’t get a visa to enter and start this fall, you can start your program virtually and enter in the spring for face-to-face instruction if you are able to secure your visa.

My school is closed and cannot send my official transcripts. What should I do?

We recognize that it may be difficult to submit all required application materials due to school closures. We will take unofficial transcripts.

I am unable to mail my official transcript for evaluation. What are my options?

We will accept unofficial transcript evaluations from NACES with emailed transcripts. You may be provisionally admitted. You will need to submit official transcripts within your first semester at Barry. Please check with the NACES evaluator for further details on their accommodations.

These two NACES evaluation companies are accepting online payment, application, and credentials:

SpanTran

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants

  • info@jsilny.org
  • http://www.jsilny.org/services.aspx
  • Per Josef Silny, if the you email your evaluation application, credentials and credit card payment, they will complete a preliminary evaluation based on photocopies. A final evaluation will be completed upon receipt of official original academic credentials. When the official document is received, the evaluation will be revised at no additional cost to the applicant.

I am unable to take the TOEFL or IELTS, how can I submit proof of English proficiency?

We will accept the Duolingo English Test in place of the TOEFL or IELTS to fulfill the English proficiency requirement.

Are there any provisions if I still want to take the TOEFL online?

To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas. The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the TOEFL iBT test taken at a test center.

Find out if you meet the criteria to take the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition visiting https://www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/at-home/.

Financial Aid

What will Barry do for families impacted by COVID-19 as it relates to their employment and FAFSA?

Our Financial Aid Office has authority to use professional judgement to make adjustments on a on a case-by-case basis. They can adjust the cost of attendance or data elements, such as income, used in calculating the Expected Family Contribution to reflect a student's special circumstances. Financial Aid will ask for documentation that substantiates the reason for any adjustment. Please reach out to the Financial Aid Office to discuss your situation:

Calls: (800) 695-2279 or (305) 899-3673

Emails:

Does Barry have any resources related to financial aid that we can access online?

Yes, Barry's Office of Financial Aid has two exceptional tools to help you and your family understand financial aid concepts: Financial Aid TV (FATV) and the Ask Bucky Chatbot.

  • Financial Aid TV (FATV): A collection of short videos covering topics such as personal finance, the financial aid process, and types of financial aid. The video library is available 24/7 and you can search by keyword and browse by category. There are videos in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Chinese. No registration needed.

    Visit FATV.

  • Ask Bucky Chatbot: Barry's Financial Aid website has feature called “Ask Bucky”, a chatbot that provides you with extra help. Answers to most of your financial aid questions are available 24/7, at your fingertips.

    Questions? Ask Bucky!