The ongoing pandemic due to SARS CoV2 is really a big one, which would never welcomed from any countries anytime, but knocked the door all of a sudden! The SARS CoV-2 first appeared in China in late December 2019 . The virus isolated on January 7 , 2020; the disease named as COVID-19 afterwars . Since this was a SARS virus not an influenza, nobody seem to expect it as a pandemic agent, spread so fast and so globally . But actually it did spread to many countries and declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11 , 2020 . The pandemic hit the universities hard . The most important topic for universities during the pandemic was of course distance and remote learning, which become widespread already . The pandemic will cause profound impacts and changes on the higher education system around the world in terms of education-teaching methods, research, internationalization and mobility . The response of Council of Higher Education of Turkey to pandemic could be evaluated in four phases : 1) Close monitoring , 2) Preparing , 3) Action , 4) New normalization . In this paper we will review the response of Turkish higher education institutions and Council of Higher Education to the COVID-19 pandemic.