As I spend hours a day reading news reports, emails from college admissions offices, and managing my overwhelmed professional association lists, I find that the same words keeping popping up: Unprecedented, unknown, uncertainty, test-optional, waitlists, gap year, and the famous statement – “what will the next admissions cycle look like?”

The quick response I have to everything I read is simple – we just have to wait and see. It is so easy to get caught up in the uncertainty of what is happening and what will be. We just do not have answers and speculation is simply adding to our collective unrest and stress. However, in a world full of unknowns, there are some great opportunities available to students, families, and college counselors that afford the opportunity for positive connectivity to the upcoming admissions process. 

Here are some great resources that we suggest students explore if they are open and able to receive what is available to them at this time: 


Strive College Exploration Week

April 20 – 23 Free. Students can register to learn about more than 300 colleges from the U.S. and overseas and sign up for information sessions that pique their interests


YouVisit – College Tours

Free. Students can choose from among 600 colleges that have student-led tours of their campuses. 


Virtual HBCU College Fair

April 18 Free (Waitlist). Students can learn about 20 different historically Black colleges and universities during 15-minute sessions. 


Verto Education Virtual College Fair

 April 17 Free. Students can register to learn about 40 different colleges


As more college exploration options become available in the days, weeks, and months ahead, we will share that with current and future clients. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about the college admissions process, please contact Dana Ponsky, senior college admissions counselor, at to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation.