Since SAT/ACT exams are optional, colleges in California and nationwide want to know more about students and their pandemic challenges.
UC San Diego is welcoming students back to campus with mass Covid-19 testing, Bluetooth technology and wastewater testing.
Drake will step into the role during an unstable period, with the coronavirus having upended the UC system.
From testing drugs to using artificial intelligence, scientists across California are studying a variety of possible coronavirus solutions.
Most colleges and universities will refund housing and dining plans but not tuition; they say online classes worth the costs.
The move to more leniency about transcript verification came in response to the controversial withdrawal of admission to nearly 300 incoming students at UC Irvine last spring. They were reinstated and the university apologized.