Connecting Schools & Universities

Updated 8 April 2020

Resources for university admissions & recruitment

NACAC college admission status update

The U.S.-based National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is compiling a list of changes to university admission events, deadlines and more, related to COVID-19. The database includes both U.S. and non-U.S. universities. Read more

International Association for College Admission counselling town hall webinars

The International Association for College Admission Counselling (International ACAC), a CIS supporting member, has two town hall webinars regarding the coronavirus recorded and available on their website. Watch webinars

Institute of International Education snapshot survey

The Institute of International Education (IIE) has been surveying universities in the U.S. about the impact of COVID-19 on international education. Results from the first survey (launched 13 February) are available now.

Rethinking enrollment due to COVID-19 online course

The Enrollment Management Association (EMA) is offering a free, one-week online course, starting 30 March, designed to help enrollment management professionals learn and adjust inthese changing times. Read more

School and university closures

A summary of school and university closures due to COVID-19, compiled by UNESCO. Read more

National testing changes

A crowd-sourced inventory of changes to national test policies: Read more

Higher ed and the coronavirus Facebook group

Created by the Chronicle of Higher Education, a Facebook group for university professionals to discuss challenges and solutions.


Virtual university events for students

Strive for college knowledge virtual college exploration week

Offered by StriveScan, virtual presentations for secondary school students to explore university options offered from 20-23 April 2020. View presentations

University webinars for students

Originally started as a resource for students in Asia, this website lists past (recorded) and upcoming informational webinars offered by universities for prospective students. View webinars

Online university fair & university presentations

Coordinated by Cialfo, a collection of university presentations recorded for students. View webinars

Virtual tours of UK universities

Organized by UCAS, a list of virtual tours at UK universites. Read more

Virtual university events for students

Curated by NACAC, a list of university events and online tours for prospective students. Read more

Database of online offerings for students

A spreadsheet of U.S. universities and their virtual offerings for prospective students. View spreadsheet



Here's how to pick a college during Coronavirus 

2 April 2020—An interview from the U.S. National Public Radio giving advice to students and families on how to navigate selecting a university during these times of uncertainty. Read article

Colleges go test-optional after SAT, ACT are called off 

1 April 2020—U.S. colleges and universities are making the decision to eliminate the SAT and/or ACT exams are part of entry requirements in light of testing cancellations. Read article

The University Guy Podcast

Episode 43: Two counselors, two countries: some thoughts on our current situation 

Two CIS Affilated Independent University Counsellors, David Hawkins and Juan Camilo Tamayo, have a conversation about how to advise students and families about international higher education in the midst of the current global pandemic. Listen to podcast

Coronavirus pandemic has college-bound students, parents rethinking higher education decisions

23 March 2020—A look at how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting student and family decisions about university enrollment. Read more

Questions without answers on admissions 

23 March 2020—Inside Higher Ed article exploring the uncertainties facing universities in light of COVID-19. Read article

2020: The year that shredded the admissions calendar

15 March 2020—An analysis of how COVID-19 is impacting the tradtional admissions calendar in the U.S. Read article

Will they return?

Inside Higher Ed article covering recent survey findings about student interest and ability to enroll at university this fall. Read article

Schools shutdown creates UK university admissions uncertainty

19 March 2020—Cancellation of the A level exams raises questions about impact for students intending to enroll in university in the fall. Read article


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