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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.


College Board

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 Education

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

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.

Go See Campus

This site offers planning tools for campus visits.


A student oriented site that offers short campus tour videos.

College Prowler

Plan, search and find ways to pay for college.

Inside 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.

College Fairs

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.

Campus Tours

A student resource for virtual college tours, webcams, campus maps, college videos, movies and pictures.

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.


Common Application

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? 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.


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! provides educational and career planning for students and teachers at every level.” This site also offers a link to the ACT student site at where you can register online for the ACT and learn more about the ACT.

Khan Academy – Free Test Prep Online

A nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.


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

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.


Career Net links to thousands of career reference sites, organized geographically, alphabetically and by job category.

What Can I Do With A Major In…?


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.


For Students With Learning Differences

This site and the National Center for Learning Disabilities and guides for parents, teachers and professionals in helping students with learning disabilities.