Resources Students Need During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The novel coronavirus is still spreading across the US, and information is changing rapidly. Life as we knew it has changed dramatically since the US government has encouraged Americans to practice social distancing by staying home as much as possible and avoiding crowds in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

We know this is a scary, confusing, and unprecedented situation. That’s why it’s important to educate yourself, remain calm, and use your time at home productively. 

We’ve gathered all the best info to help students get through these uncertain times. You can use this index to find the most accurate information and recommendations to stay safe and healthy; the latest stories from CX you need to know about; resources to help you keep up with your schoolwork and the college and scholarship search; and ways to entertain yourself while you’re stuck at home.

The most accurate COVID-19 info

These are the best resources for the most up-to-date and accurate information on the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares what you need to know concerning symptoms, prevention measures and how to protect yourself, community resources, and other important updates and recommendations. 
  • Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak | WHO: The World Health Organization offers situation updates, research and development, travel advice, myths vs. facts, and much more.
  • Local Public Health Departments | NACCHO: Use this tool from the National Association of County and City Health Officials to search for local health departments in your area and find contact information by state or ZIP code. 

What you should know from CX

Here's all the news we're sharing on the situation. Check back regularly for updates!

  • What Are Schools Doing About COVID-19?: Many schools and colleges are closing because of the coronavirus pandemic. Find out how they are taking action and how you can stay safe and healthy. 
  • COVID-19 and Deposit Deadlines: Many colleges and universities are extending their enrollment deposit deadlines because of coronavirus. Is yours one of them? Find out here. 
  • How COVID-19 Is Affecting Standardized Tests: The coronavirus seems to be affecting just about everything related to the college search, including this spring's SAT and ACT test dates.
  • The Effects of COVID-19 on Study Abroad: The COVID-19 pandemic has majorly affected future and current study abroad students. Learn what you should do if you're either one! 
  • Moving Out and Moving Online Amid a Pandemic: Many college students are being forced to leave their dorms as campuses close down for the semester. Here's what you should know if you have to move out quickly and transition to online classes at home. 
  • COVID-19: Why Is Social Distancing Important?You’re young and healthy, so why should YOU have to take part in “social distancing”? Find out why we all play a crucial role in stopping the spread of coronavirus.
  • COVID-19: How to Cope With Anxiety: Coronavirus has a lot of us feeling anxious and worried: for our health, for our education, for our family and friends. Here's how you can deal with it. 
  • COVID-19: Look for the HelpersNeed a break from all the frightening news lately? Read about these heartwarming acts of love, bravery, and kindness in the midst of the COVID-10 outbreak.

Researching colleges online             

Just about everything has been cancelled these days, but your college plans don’t have to be! Think about the future and use these tools to keep your college search on track.  

Searching and applying for scholarships

We think anytime is a good time to search for scholarships—and now you have even more time at home to do so. Learn how to search smarter and win more free money for college with these helpful tips. 

Campus visit alternatives

Bummed that your campus visits and open houses have been canceled? You can still get a good feel for a college without physically visiting. Here’s how.

  • 3 Alternatives for Canceled Campus ToursYour college search doesn't have to be on hold because campus tours have been canceled by COVID-19. Here are three ways to still learn about your top schools!
  • COVID-19 and Virtual Campus Tours: Is the COVID-19 outbreak causing you to cancel your campus visit? Virtual tours are the answer to coronavirus cancellations.
  • What to Do When You Can’t Visit Campus: Just because you can’t make the trip doesn't mean you should rule out a college on your list. Here's what to do when you can't visit a campus in person.
  • Virtual Reality: The Future of Campus Tours: While nothing can replace the old-fashioned, in-person college tour, virtual reality tours can at least help you narrow down which colleges are worth visiting in person when campuses open back up.


Many schools and campuses have shut their doors and are finishing up the semester online. Here are a few different e-learning resources to help you navigate this new classroom format. 

Keeping busy at home

Be sure to relax and enjoy some quality time with your family while you’re stuck at home. When you finally get sick of them, however, give these options a try.  

Free virtual stuff to do

There are so many free online resources for learning, fun, and relaxation, from museum and park tours to ways to exercise and stand together during this crazy time. 

  • Yellowstone National Park Virtual Tour: You may not be able to travel to this national landmark anytime soon, but you can explore it through their website and make plans to visit in person when things get back to normal. 
  • Farm Food 360 Virtual Tours: Learn everything about cheese and milk processing, apple orchards, and other farm operations—or just watch all the cute animal videos.  
  • Louvre Online Tours: Visit the famed Paris art museum virtually and see Egyptian antiquities, remains of the Louvre’s moat, and more. 
  • DoYogaWithMe: Clear your mind and relieve some stress with hundreds of streaming instructional yoga videos for all levels. 
  • Jimmy Fallon’s Cowbell Challenge: The Tonight Show host encouraged everyone to open their windows at 3:00 pm ET on Friday, March 20 and bang a cowbell (or a pot or pan) to make some noise in support of first responders and each other. Everyone could use a little more cowbell right now! 

Have questions or concerns, or just need a friend right now? Feel free to email us. We're all in this together! 

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