Planning For College
“Sometimes the toughest part of planning something is just figuring out where to start. Get on track to finding an education and career track that matches your skills and preferences. Learn about all your options — and how you can achieve them.”
Books for Students & Parents
While you can get lots of terrific information on the web, there are many books that provide useful information and advice, and also offer the advantage of being portable. This site offers a list of excellent books for the college search process, admissions and financial aid and college life.
The College Board administers the SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Tests. The site says: “looking for the right fit? Tell us about what you’re looking for, and we’ll recommend some colleges and universities that meet your needs. You can view your results at any point along the way, or save your search and come back to it later.”
Peterson’s college database is available on this site along with other educational and career information. Find a college by selecting your preferences for location, tuition, sports, and more. This site also lists good information on summer programs for high school students.
Princeton Review is a test prep company that also provides information about many aspects of the college admissions process. Students can use the site’s Counselor-O-Matic to search for schools that meet students criteria. The site also offers a section where students can apply to colleges online.
College That Change Lives
“With ideas drawn from high school counselors, college admission professionals, and educators, Colleges of Distinction profiles colleges and universities throughout the United States that excel in four areas of distinction: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes.”
Commonly asked questions are answered here by students, counselors and IECA members.
This comprehensive site matches student interests with college offerings.
Go See Campus
This site offers planning tools for campus visits.
A student oriented site that offers short campus tour videos.
Plan, search and find ways to pay for college.
Teen-centric information about colleges
Student information provided to colleges.
US News & World Report
US News is a national magazine. The site offers access to the listing of America’s Best Colleges along with data tables that can be sorted. Students can use the site’s step-by-step guide to find the articles, experts and peers, interactive tools, and rankings of colleges.
Managed by the National Association for College Admission Counselors, this site offers information and schedules for national college fairs and performing and visual arts college fairs.
Sit in on actual classes, virtually.
National Center For Education Statistics
Security On Campus
Data on campus security
A student resource for virtual college tours, webcams, campus maps, college videos, movies and pictures.
Campus Visit DVDs
Here are four companies that have DVDs on colleges that you can buy before deciding to visit:
The U.com http://www.theu.com/videos/
Collegiate Choice http://www.collegiatechoice.com/
Campus Tours http://www.campustours.com/
eCampus Tours http://www.ecampustours.com/
Standardized Test-Optional Colleges
FairTest has compiled a list of colleges and universities nationwide that admit a substantial number of students without regard to test scores. The list includes a wide variety of institutions, from small, private liberal arts colleges to large, public university systems.
College and University Rankings
From sports to education, many people are captivated by rankings. At this site, you will find links to many ranking services, along with a discussion of the ongoing controversy over rankings.
University of California & California State University campuses
This site helps you explore majors offered at UC and CSU campuses. It provides several paths you can take to learn about specific majors, requirements for majors, major preparation at community colleges, and transferring courses to the University of California or California State University.
COLLEGE APPLICATIONS & SELECTION
The Common Application is the recommended form of 456 selective colleges and universities for admission to their undergraduate programs. Many of these institutions use the form exclusively. The concept is simple: Students complete one Common Application form and send the form electronically to any of the participating colleges.
University of California (Pathways)
This site includes all information on the entire system of the University of California including the application (which can be completed and sent online), eligibility requirements, complete catalogues of all campuses and home pages of all campuses. Introducing the University is also available online.
California State Universities
The site has all of the information on the California State University colleges including the online application, a search program and much more.
California Colleges and Universities
“Not sure where to start? CaliforniaColleges.edu is a powerful, open-ended site rich with content that makes finding and applying to a school in California a snap.”
Historically Black Colleges and Universities
This site offers direct links to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
CHOOSING A COLLEGE
This is a good site to go to to find a college that fits by getting to know yourself. MyFootpath offers quizzes and lots of information to help students select a college.
The objective if this College Confidential site is to help students and parents develop a short list of schools that are worth evaluating in detail. This site also offers an excellent chat service students can participate in to learn more about individual colleges and to talk to other students who are considering various colleges. To register for the chat service,
SAT – The College Board
The College Board’s Home Page says it is the “starting point for students, parents, counselors, admission staff, financial aid staff, high school and college faculty members.” College Board offers search capabilities and testing information. You can learn about AP credit and placement policies. You can register online for the SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Tests. You can test yourself with a new SAT question and explanation every day.
The site says the ACT is “America’s most widely accepted college entrance exam – and more! ACT.org provides educational and career planning for students and teachers at every level.” This site also offers a link to the ACT student site athttp://www.actstudent.org/index.html where you can register online for the ACT and learn more about the ACT.
Free ACT & SAT Prep Online
“In the past, all you needed was a number 2 pencil.” It is a lot more complicated than that now. Here students can access free SAT prep materials. The site monitors what students do and makes suggestions. It also has a section on vocabulary building.
Word of the Day
The dictionary folks at Merriam-Webster have a Word of the Day feature on their web site to help with building vocabulary. I like the site because it offers help with pronunciation, uses the new word in a sentence and gives background information on how the word was constructed.
ACT or SAT? Which Test To Take
These sites explain the difference between the SAT and the ACT and will help you decide which test best fits your skill set.
FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
FAFSA opens the door to the federal financial aid process. At this site, you can determine your eligibility for federal financial aid, find out what documents are required, learn more about the federal financial aid process, apply for financial aid online and research financial aid options. If you complete an online application, you will find out what your expected family contribution is much sooner than by applying on paper.
CSS/Financial Aid Profile
CSS PROFILE is the financial aid service of the College Board. Many member colleges and universities, particularly private institutions, and scholarship programs use the information collected in the PROFILE to help them award non-federal student aid funds.
Financial Aid Information
This site offers links to many financial aid related sites, ranging from institutions to government to scholarships to scam alerts. The expected family contribution estimator and the access to FastWeb are helpful.
Financial Aid Calculators
FinAid! calls itself the smart student’s guide to financial aid. This site has good calculator tools to help you figure out if you might be eligible for financial aid and what your Expect Family Contribution might be.
Federal Student Aid
This is a government-run site that has detailed college planning timelines, access to the online FAFSA and lots of tips on funding a college education.
The site offers an excellent free scholarship search database and tips on financial aid. The site will save a student’s profile and email new sources of private merit aid to their online mailbox.
California Student Financial Aid Programs
Students can get information on both California state and federal financial aid programs.
How To Save For College
Learn how to save for college – and what to do if your savings won’t cover tuition. You can also apply for student loans at this site.
Scholarship scams are explained at this helpful site run by the Federal Trade Commission. Information about scholarship scams, how to recognize them and who to contact if you uncover one are discussed here.
Careers.org links to thousands of career reference sites, organized geographically, alphabetically and by job category.
Rutgers University’s career services site offers several interest inventories for students to take. The site also has in-depth information about many college majors.
What Can I Do With A Major In…?
All three of these sites offer terrific information on what college graduates can do with various majors.
RECOMMENDED SITES FOR ATHLETES
National Collegiate Athletic Association
This is the official site for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. It has information on eligibility for all Division I, II and III sports, along with the NCAA guide for College Bound Student Athletes. You can search for colleges offering the sport you are interested in.
NCAA Eligibility Center
This site is the gateway to the Initial Eligibility that is required for all student athletes who wish to participate in NCAA athletics.
NCAA Sports by College and Division
Schools sponsoring NCAA athletics are listed at this site by sport and division.
This is a useful site for athletes who want to be recruited. National Recruiting Network says “Recruiting is a business – NRN is in the business of helping you get recruited.”
American Sport Education Program
The American Sport Education Program has a useful National College Coach registry where you can search for coaches and their information.
OTHER HELPFUL COLLEGE SITES
General Advice for College Applicants
How important are the SAT Subject Tests? How do you choose a major? This helpful site offers suggestions on many aspects of getting ready for college.
Myths and Realities
This helpful site offers a Myths and Realities section as well as general college advice.
This site offers a state-by-state listing of college newspapers and links to individual college newspaper home pages.
For Transfer Students
These sites offer information for students wanting to transfer to a school within the University of California system or to non-University of California schools within California.
For students interested in studying abroad, these sites are a must-visit. Here students can search by country, search for semester or year-long programs, language programs, summer programs, volunteer opportunities and more.
For Students With Learning Disabilities
These sites include the national center for learning disabilities and guides for parents, teachers and professionals in helping students with learning disabilities.