WHERE SHOULD I BEGIN MY COLLEGE
SEARCH AND HOW DO I APPLY?
The College Board
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
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 provides a comprehensive set of statistics for every U.S. college and university, including information on admission, financial aid, academic programs and student life.
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 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.
Students can apply online to more than 900 schools that accept this application in their admission process.
Coalition for College Access and Affordability
An application used by more than 150 colleges and universities across the U.S.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW
ABOUT STANDARDIZED TESTING?
To register for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests and Advance Placement exams students will go to the College Board website.
In addition to ACT test registration, the site provides access to college research and online applications.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Fastweb has a comprehensive database for identifying scholarships targeted to the individual student.
This site provides free information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding your college education.
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.
Cappex offers one of the largest databases for conducting your scholarship search.
ATHLETICS, MUSIC, ART, AND SPECIAL
NEEDS: WHERE DO I GO TO LEARN MORE?
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.
Be Recruited allows students to create an athletic profile to connect with college recruiters.
The leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD
The Association on Higher Education and Disabilities website
Visual and Performing arts
Largest music education directory online
Directory of college theatre programs
National Association of Schools of Theater
NAST is a useful resource for future theater students looking for accredited institutions.
National Portfolio Day
At this site student visual artists have access to free online portfolio reviews.