Connecting Schools & Universities

Updated 17 June 2020 | Look for an * next to new content.

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

Common App COVID-19 Question for 2020-2021

The Common App has added a COVID-19 question for students using the application in 2020-2021. 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

*Report on international student choices during the pandemic

Coordinated by Unifrog, this report details some of the stressors facing students this year in terms of well-being and thoughts about enrolling in university. Read more

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

U.S. colleges’ plans for reopening in the fall 

From the Chronicle of Higher Education, a list of U.S. university reopening plans for the fall. Read more

International school closures

Compiled by ISC Research, a spreadsheet of international school closures in key countries. 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

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

Database of online offerings for students

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

Virtual tours

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

Additional virtual tour resources, compiled by the New York Times. Read more

Virtual university events for students

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



A mixed and uncertain admissions year

9 June 2020—A look at how U.S. universities are faring with student enrollment for fall 2020. Read article

Locked down: Recruiting when you can’t travel

4 June 2020—Advice from NAFSA on how to bolster virtual student recruitment efforts. Read article

COVID-19 and US higher education enrollment: Preparing leaders for fall

21 May 2020—Survey data from McKinsey on student attitudes towards university enrollment for the latter half of 2020 and recommendations for universities on how they can respond to the challenges. Read article

Who Is Responsible If A University Reopens And A Student Dies From Covid-19?

18 May 2020—Considerations for universities reopening for in-person instruction in the fall. 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


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