How do I research colleges if I can’t visit them?

COVID-19 has caused many campuses to cancel all tours and admitted students. A few colleges are even canceling classes, and that number is likely to increase in the next few days and weeks if the number of cases in the US continues to increase. There is no substitute for visiting a campus while it’s in session, attending a class, and talking to current students. However, there are a lot of online resources available to learn as much as you can in the meantime. You can find a list of sites and ways to research colleges below.

What about demonstrated interest?

Many (but not all) schools use demonstrated interest as part of their decision making process. Demonstrated interest is how a student signals they are interested in the college such as visiting the school, opening emails, clicking the links in an email, spending time on the website, and crafting well-written school supplemental essays. Since college visits are not an option for many right now, the other measures are likely to become more important. Rest assured, however, that everyone is in the same situation.

What you can do now:

    • Sign up for college newsletters and updates
    • Open every email from the colleges you are interested in
    • Click on the links
    • Spend time on the school’s website (cookies can track how long you spend on each page)
    • Reach out to your admissions officers to establish contact and get any questions you have answered

Online resources for your college search process