Coronavirus: Support during uncertain times

Resources and solutions to help students and those who support them during this unpredictable time

Coronavirus: Support during uncertain times

Resources and solutions to help students and those who support them during this unpredictable time

Joining together

The higher education community has come together to make sure students feel supported and heard. We’ve compiled a list of resources students can use to stay organized, explore, and connect with college opportunities. Common App has compiled a set of resources to help guide students through the process as they figure out their plans.

Changes to admissions events, deposit deadlines, and college openings

Our friends at NACAC have compiled a running list of colleges and universities that have moved their deposit deadlines.

NACAC has also created a listing of NACAC member postsecondary institutions that are still accepting applications from prospective freshman and/or transfer students for the upcoming fall term.

SAT Updates

The latest from College Board on SAT testing

AP Updates

The latest information on AP testing.

ACT Updates

Updates from ACT on testing. 

Explore colleges on Common App

Students can explore virtual tours, dynamic campus image galleries, and details on the student experience at nearly 900 colleges and universities that use Common App. 

COVID-19 Question on 2020-2021 Common App

Next year, if you need it, Common App is giving you the opportunity to share how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted you personally and academically. This will be an optional “common” question that you will only have to complete once. Located in the Additional Information section of the application, the question will allow colleges and universities to better understand your experience. Your school counselor will also have space in the Common App recommender system to talk about how the pandemic affected your school. Learn more about what this means for you on our blog.

Attend a Virtual College Fair

Thinking about college? Here's your chance to hear firsthand from those-in-the-know at hundreds of colleges and universities nearby, across the country, and around the world.

How? Attend a NACAC Virtual College Fair!


Stay up to date

Common App’s blog will feature the latest and most important updates on coronavirus developments. We’ll feature impacts on higher education and the college admissions process and what resources and tools are available to help students and their supporters in changing times.

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Adjusting to uncertain times

Common App continues to monitor the spread of the coronavirus and its wide-ranging impacts on college admission. As this situation develops, we want to stress that we are here to support students as they finalize college applications, await admission decisions, or decide where to enroll.

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Resources for counselors

School counselors are in uncharted territory, having to dramatically change their practices to continue to serve students. Common App Ready is a toolkit that can be accessed on demand so counselors can assist students and families with gathering college application materials, understanding financial aid packages, and more.

We’ve also compiled some best practices from experts in the school counseling community on how to adjust to our new reality.

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Keeping students connected

Current high school seniors in our UpNext texting program will have access to support with our planned content, near-peer mentor support, and virtual college coaches.

Learn more

Continuing to explore the future

It is so critically important that students continue to plan for their future. What hasn’t changed is that college is an opportunity for students to explore and learn more about themselves - and every student should still have that chance.

Students can explore hundreds of college possibilities through Common App’s Explore Colleges tool. Each profile tells a unique story about the colleges and universities available for students to pursue.


College Signing Day Celebrations

As circumstances have shifted, it has never been more important to celebrate student achievement. This year, College Signing Day (typically held on May 1) will shift to College Signing Day Season. Starting on May 1, and through early June, we will lift up positive stories online of students committing to postsecondary education - stories we all need to hear in these challenging times.

Learn more

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