High school students applying early to Yale will now have a few extra days to polish their applications: In anticipation of the effects of Hurricane Sandy this week, the Yale Admissions Office has extended the deadline for Early Action applications to midnight on Nov. 5.

The deadline, which was originally midnight on Nov. 1, has been extended to account for students who will be affected by the storm.

“This applies to both your own application as well as the supporting documents sent on your behalf,” read a notice on the Yale Admissions Office website.

Several other eastern universities — including Harvard, Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania — have also announced extensions to their early application deadlines because of the storm.

“We hope this helps relieve some of the stress and anxiety you might be feeling as the storm approaches your region,” says a notice on Columbia’s admissions website.

Last year, Yale extended its Early Action application deadline by a day when a surprise snowstorm shut off power for over 2 million people in the Northeast.