College Admissions Resources
In light of the COVID-19 situation, the college admissions landscape is rapidly evolving. Your JSerra College Counselors are actively monitoring these changes and will update this website as needed. Information compiled here comes from many different resources including our new College and Career planning software, Cialfo.
JSerra will also be hosting virtual visits with college admission representatives and presenting online workshops this spring. Once those dates are set, you will receive an email letting you know how to register to attend.
- College fairs and webinars, virtual visit events, and updated deposit deadlines
- Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Testing information and updates
- Test Prep and Tutoring Companies Offering COVID-19 Opportunities
- Additional Resources and Tools
Virtual Visits and Accepted Students Events - Google doc that lists the virtual event type colleges are holding, the type of student that is served by the event, and the event date and time.
Cialfo College Fair and Webinars - Cialfo regularly hosts webinars on various admission topics and college fairs with institutions around the world.
List of College Virtual Tours - a spreadsheet compiled by Rebecca Chabrow, listing colleges in the U.S, U.K, and Canada that are offering virtual campus tours.
UCAS List of Virtual Tours - UCAS is maintaining a list of UK universities and colleges offering virtual campus tours.
College Tour Worksheet - a PDF college tour worksheet by Texas Gear Up.
Colleges with New Deposit Dates - list of colleges with new deposit dates compiled by ACCEPT.
NACAC College Admission Status Updates - another great source from the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
Strive Virtual College Exploration Week - four full days of virtual presentations for juniors to explore college opportunities.
April 22: Irvine Valley College Guaranteed Accounting Program (GAP4+1) Zoom Meeting
This unique pathway program — a partnership between Irvine Valley College (IVC) and Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) — will enable you to graduate with a bachelor's degree in four years and a master's degree with one more additional year (thus GAP4+1).
April 22: Junior Night Webinar: What can I be doing right now?
April 23: TryEngineering Live: Engineer Spotlight Webinar
TryEngineering Live: Engineer Spotlight will give a glimpse into the careers and lives of engineers. It will offer students who are interested in possibly becoming engineers, or who just want to learn more about the profession, an opportunity to ask questions to our guests.
April 23: Coalition for College Virtual College Fair
April 23: ROTC Scholarships Webinar presented by Norwich University
Get ROTC scholarship tips from the birthplace of ROTC! Plus, find out more about life at a senior military college, and the college admissions process.
April 24: Verto Spring Open House
Verto offers the only international, academic travel experience that partners with colleges to give full class credit so students can graduate in four years. When students are accepted to Verto, they're automatically accepted to at least one of Verto's partner colleges.
April 29: For Parents — How to Motivate and Engage Your Kids in Learning
One of the most-asked questions we've heard from parents is: how do I motivate my kids to learn? We sit down with Conor Corey, a teacher, Khan Academy Ambassador, and parent of 4, to learn his student motivation tips and strategies.
April 29: Planting Seeds for Your College Application & Essays Webinar
May 4-6: Navigate 2020 — Virtual Conference and College Fair
This event will host three days of live-stream expert presentations for students and families and a concurrent virtual college fair with fully interactive booths. Students can chat live with college admissions representatives helping to find fit.
NACAC Paying for College Resources - The National Association for College Admission Counseling put together a website with detailed information on financial aid and how to pay for college. NACAC has compiled this list of trusted, up-to-date sources to help students and families navigate this process.
How To Write A Great Financial Aid Appeal Letter - Tips on how to appeal your financial aid package by Ethan Sawyer, The College Essay Guy.
SAT Coronavirus Updates - official update from the College Board.
ACT Update for US students - official update from ACT.
ACT Update for International Students - official update from ACT.
AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus - official update and AP class schedules from the College Board.
List of Colleges That Are Test-Optional - a FairTest resource that lists colleges in the U.S. that will be test-optional next fall.
What You Need to Know About SAT Subject Tests - These recorded webinars will introduce you to the content and structure of the exam, and provide guidance on how to prepare for it.
The following companies are offering educational support opportunities during this time. JSerra does not endorse any one company so we recommend that families interview at least three companies and check references. You can also review our QUESTIONS TO ASK COMPANIES prior to making a decision.
Test Prep Resources - Google doc list
Tutoring Resources - Google doc list
How To Write A Great Financial Aid Appeal Letter - tips on how to appeal your financial aid package by Ethan Sawyer, The College Essay Guy.
SEL Resources for Parents, Educators & School Communities Related to COVID-19 - a list of social-emotional learning resources compiled by Inside SEL.
Expert Advice for Teens, College Students About Managing Mental Health Through COVID-19 - an article on helping students through the pandemic by The College of Saint Rose.
You Can Take Care of Yourself in Coronavirus Quarantine or Isolation, Starting Right Now - an article from the New York Times.
The College Essay Guy's College Application Hub - some very helpful articles on various aspects of the college application process.
Collegewise March Madness - list of Collegewise's webinars including how college admissions will be impacted by Covid-19
Michigan State Adulting 101 class - free webinars to help students learn quick tips on how to navigate college and life.
College Connect - College Connect is a free platform that matches high school seniors with questions to current college students with answers. Whether you’re committed or are still deciding, their goal is to connect seniors with the people and information needed to thrive from college orientation to graduation.
Regional Admissions Counselors of California (RACC) - See RACC's Youtube page that includes introductions to over 40 universities from around the world. RACC consists of College Admission Reps who represent schools outside of California.
Core Course GPA and NCAA Eligibility Information - The presentation educates athletes and parents on NCAA academic initial-eligibility rules and recruiting resources while also providing a CoreCourseGPA.com demo.
College Waitlist Notification Dates and Stats - This is College Kickstart's list of 2019 waitlist statistics for several popular private and public schools, along with notification dates and latest status where available.
Developing Your Research Project (Free Course) - The course is intended for anyone who is planning to undertake a piece of academic research. The practical, hands-on lessons will give you the opportunity to share your ideas with fellow researchers from all over the world, to receive peer feedback on your research proposals and enable you to review and comment on the work of other researchers, building a supportive community of like-minded curious learners.
Covid Era College Prep Resources - This website has good suggestions on ways to make the most of your time and remaining engaged while staying at home. It includes volunteer/community service ideas, options to develop STEM expertise, and ways to line up summer plans.
Khan Academy's Resources for Parents - Khan Academy's Youtube page that gives you various tips on remote learning and how to keep your kids engaged during school closures.