WHERE SHOULD I BEGIN MY COLLEGE SEARCH AND HOW DO I APPLY?

The College Board
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/
This site on the College Board website offers a wealth of information and tips on majors, academic and campus life, financial aid, and finding the right fit for college. 

Colleges that Change Lives
www.ctcl.org
The website (and book) highlight and provide comprehensive descriptions of more than 40 Colleges that Change Lives. It is a terrific resource for students seeking a highly engaging college experience and those who are willing to look beyond the Ivies and most selective colleges and universities.

College Data
www.collegedata.com
College Data provides a comprehensive set of statistics for every U.S. college and university, including information on admission, financial aid, academic programs and student life.

College Navigator
https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
This site includes data reported by colleges to the U.S. Department of Education and is a favorite tool of mine for finding the majors offered at colleges and the number of students who pursue each major. 

Unigo
http://www.unigo.com
Unigo is unique in that the information provided is largely through interviews and reviews of students attending a particular college. Views on the food, housing, professors, academics, social life and more are candidly presented.

CommonApp
http://www.commonapp.org
Students can apply online at this site to the more than 500 colleges and universities that accept the Common Application form in their admission process.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STANDARDIZED TESTING?

www.collegeboard.com
To register for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests and Advance Placement exams students will go to the College Board website.

www.actstudent.org
In addition to ACT test registration, the site provides access to college research and online applications.

www.toefl.org
The TOEFL, or Test of English as a Foreign Language, is required by many colleges for international students. Students can register online and find other valuable information here.

www.fairtest.org
Fairtest is the best resource for identifying colleges and universities that do not require standardized tests as part of the admission process.

HOW DO I PAY FOR COLLEGE?

www.fafsa.ed.gov
Access this U.S. government site to complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the financial aid form used by colleges and universities for allocation of federal government aid and even their own institutional resources. This site also includes other useful information about financial aid.

www.collegeboard.com
Through this link you can navigate to the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE form which can be completed online.  This form is required by many private institutions, in addition to the FAFSA, for determining financial aid eligibility.

www.collegenet.com/mach25/app
Here you will find a scholarship directory and also comprehensive resource for the college search and online applications.

www.studentaid.ed.gov
This site provides free information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding your college education.

www.finaid.org
Finaid provides links to various financial aid sites and includes useful calculators and tools for determining eligibility for financial aid and what your Expected Family Contribution will likely be.

ATHLETICS, MUSIC, ART, AND SPECIAL NEEDS: WHERE DO I GO TO LEARN MORE

Athletics
www.ncaa.org
The official site of the National Collegiate Athletic Association provides eligibility information for all Division I, II, and III sports, as well as NCAA guidelines for all college bound athletes.

Visual and Performing Arts
www.bridgetomusic.com
Largest music education directory online

www.portfolioday.net
Comprehensive resource for visual arts majors

www.univsource.com/thea.htm
Directory of college theatre programs

Summer Programs
www.enrichmentalley.com
A useful site to find a variety of summer programs and activities

Disabilities
www.ldonline.org
The leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD

www.ahead.org
The Association on Higher Education and Disability's website

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