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College Planning Resources During COVID-19

Estrela Consulting April 04, 2020

UPDATED: August 5,2021

In a valiant effort to streamline information for our families we've compiled a comprehensive list of resources that will be updated as needed during this crisis. If our college planning team can support your family during this trying time, please don't hesitate to reach out.

College planning resources during COVID-19


List of Colleges Requiring Students to Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 for Fall 2021:
A growing list of institutions that have decided to require students to be vaccinated in order to enroll this fall,

Tracking Coronavirus Cases on U.S. College Campuses: Searchable tool from the NY times reflecting the number of cases on campuses across the country.

Live Coronavirus Updates: Live Coronavirus campus updates from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Canadian Universities Status Updates: A resource from University Affairs providing regular updates on the situation facing Canada’s universities with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hechinger Report Financial Fitness Tracker: Searchable tool that shows how much financial stress a school or college is facing.


Virtual College Rep Visits with Estrela (RECORDINGS): We were thrilled to host nearly 80 admission reps from colleges and universities around the world in fall 2020. Check out our YouTube channel to watch recordings of these helpful sessions and stay tuned for our 2021 lineup!

NACAC Virtual College Fairs: Meet with 600+ colleges and universities during these FREE online fairs held March 21 and May 2.

Campus Reel: Check out 15,000 real videos, tours and experiences from 300+ college campuses.

YouVisit: Virtually visit 600+ colleges for free.

Assessing Virtual Tours for Students with Physical Disabilities/Health Conditions: Tips to support students with health conditions and physical disabilities who are taking virtual tours.


SAT/PSAT Test Updates: Updates from the College Board on upcoming test dates, cancellations and postponements.

ACT Test Updates: Updates from ACT on upcoming test dates, cancellations and postponements.

IB Program/Exam Updates: Updates from the International Baccalaureate (IB) organization on course, exams and results.

TOEFL Updates: Updates from the Educational Testing Service on TOEFL "at home" testing

FairTest: List of 1,600+ colleges and universities that have announced test-optional plans for the Class of 2022.

Test-Optional/Flexible Colleges for International Students: List of U.S. colleges that are SAT/ACT optional/blind/flexible for international students.

College Admission Testing in the Era of COVID-19: What should students do about testing during the pandemic?

Does "Test-Optional" Really Mean Test-Optional?: With more than a 1,500 colleges touting test-optional plans, what does that really mean?


NCAA COVID-19 Response: Updates from the NCAA for student-athletes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

NCAA COVID-19 Guidance for Fall Sports: NCAA guidance for fall training and competition amid the COVID-19 pandemic


Federal Student Loans: Updates from the U.S. Department of Education on Federal Student Loan Forbearance

FormSwift Financial Aid Appeal Templates: SwiftStudent helps students understand the financial aid appeal process and will help you write a financial aid appeal letter for free


The Coronavirus May Change College Admissions Forever (NY TIMES)

How the Coronavirus Has Upended College Admissions (NPR)

What Does COVID-19 Mean for the Future of College Admissions? (PBS NEWSHOUR) 

Five Important Lessons From COVID-19 (GA TECH BLOG)

A Letter from the University of Chicago Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

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