College Admissions Resources

General Admissions Information

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www.collegeboard.com                                                  College Board site that contains useful information about all aspects                                                                                                   of college search and selection.  The site has separate sections for                                                                                                         students and parents.

 

www.nacac.com                                                                Site of the National Association for College Admission Counseling                                                                                                         geared primarily for high school and college counselors, but                                                                                                                   contains a section for students with helpful information.

www.commonapp.org                                                      Application and college admission resources for more than 750                                                                                                             colleges and universities.

                                                                                   

www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org                           Application and college admission resources for more than 140                                                                                                             colleges and universities.

 

www.princetonreview.com                                            Princeton Review site contains a lot of free information about the                                                                                                         college admissions process, including test preparation.  The site                                                                                                           also sells test preparation courses and materials.

www.petersons.com                                                         College planning site sponsored by the Peterson’s Guide.  Includes                                                                                                        information about admissions and financial aid.  Also includes a                                                                                                            search feature for narrowing college selections.

 

 

Reference Guides to Colleges

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See the College Board and Princeton Review sites above.  Each contains detailed profiles of individual colleges as well as a search feature that identifies colleges meeting criteria entered by the user.

 

https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator                         College Opportunities Online sponsored by the Department of                                                                                                                Education.  The Site contains a database of thousands of schools                                                                                                            that allow search by location, program, and degree offerings.

 

www.usnews.com                                                                Site provides free, limited access to the U.S. News and World                                                                                                                  Reports database used to generate college rankings. Although I                                                                                                            caution the use of these rankings, the data used to generate them                                                                                                          can be helpful.

 

 

 

Books

Barron’s Profile of American Colleges                           Updated periodically, but not annually.  Contains profiles of over                                                                                                         1650 four-year colleges that are rated according to degree of                                                                                                                 competitiveness. Included CD-ROM.

 

College Handbook by the College Board                        Updated Annually.  Contains profiles of all accredited four-year                                                                                                            and two-year colleges and technical schools in the US

 

 

 

Narrative Guides to Colleges

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www.collegesofdistinction.com                                         Site that originated with Colleges that Change Lives by Loren                                                                                                                  Pope.  It now includes other institutions.

 

Books

Colleges that Change Lives:40 Schools You                    Description on forty colleges that may not be among the most        Should Know About Even If You're Not a                          selective, but that provide an outstanding education.

Straight-A Student by Loren Pope                                                  

 

Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward Fiske                          Updated Annually.  Contains profiles and personal descriptions                                                                                                             of more than 380 popular colleges and universities.

 

Insider’s Guide to Colleges by Yale Daily News               Updated Annually.  Contains profiles and narrative descriptions                                                                                                            of over 330 schools.  “Written and researched by students for                                                                                                                  students.”

 

Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College     Contains sound advice about the

That’s Right For You by Loren Pope                                      importance of fit and provides valuable information about some                                                                                                            lesser know colleges that have strong programs.

 

Special Interest Guides

 

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www.ajcunet.edu                                                             Site sponsored by Jesuit colleges.

 

www.hillel.org                                                                  Site of Hillel, the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

 

www.womenscolleges.org                                            Official site of the Women’s Colleges Coalition.

 

www.portfolioday.net                                                     Site of the National Portfolio Day Association, a group of accredited                                                                                                   arts colleges and University art departments that are members of                                                                                                         the National Association of Art and Design.

www.campuspride.org                                                     Site  of Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit for student                                                                                                            leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college                                                                                                                  environment for LGBTQ students.  Campus Pride develops                                                                                                                        necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBTQ and                                                                                                        ally students  on college campuses across the United States.

 

 

Books                                                                                     

K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with                 Profiles the services for learning disabled

Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit                 students at over 300 colleges.

Disorder by Marybeth Kravets and Amy Wax

 

Black Excel African American Student’s                   Advice for African American students.

College Guide by Isaac Black

 

Professional Degree Programs in the Visual             Guide to programs in music, arts, theater

and Performing Arts by Peterson’s                               and dance.

 

 

Athletics

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www.ncaa.org                                                                     Website of the National Collegiate Athletics Association.  A must                                                                                                          read for those interested in varsity athletics at colleges and                                                                                                                    universities that belong to the NCAA.

 

www.varsityedge.com                                                      Information about the recruiting process, applications, etc.

 

 

Test Preparation

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www.collegeboard.com                                                    Information and preparation for the PSAT and SAT.  The site can be                                                                                                       used for online test registration for the SAT.

 

www.ACT.org                                                                       Information and preparation for the ACT.  The site can be used for                                                                                                         online test registration for the ACT.

 

Books

The Official SAT Study Guide for the New SAT         “Official” test preparation guide to the SAT published by

by the College Board                                                          the College Board.

 

The Real ACT Prep Guide by the ACT                            “Official” test preparation guide to the ACT prepared by the                                                                                                                      organization that administers the test.

 

 

 

Essay Writing

 

On Writing the College Application Essay                  A former Ivy League admissions officer

by Henry Baud                                                                      provides tough and funny advice on coming up with the                                                                                                                              best essay possible.

 

The College Application Essay, Revised Edition      Contains excellence, easy to follow

by Sarah Miles McGinty                                                    advice on writing effective college application essays.

 

 

 

Financial Aid

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www.collegeboard.com                                                   Site (click on Paying for College) for information on the CSS                                                                                                                   PROFILE.  Many private colleges require PROFILE for institutional                                                                                                       aid, which is submitted online.  Also has expected financial                                                                                                                     contribution calculators for both federal and institutional aid, as                                                                                                          well as tools to compare financial aid packages.

 

www.fafsa.ed.gov                                                             Federal site for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  If you are                                                                                                     applying for need based aid, visit this site.  You can complete the                                                                                                           FAFSA online.

 

www.cappex.com                                                            Comprehensive Scholarship Search site.

 

www.fastweb.com                                                           General site with terrific scholarship search, as well as expected                                                                                                          family contribution calculator.

www.collegegreenlight.com                                        Site connects first generation and underrepresented students to                                                                                                            caring colleges, generous scholarships, and life-changing counselors                                                                                                  and mentors. 

 

www.goingmerry.com                                                    A free scholarship search and application platform.                                                                                                                                                                                               

www.finaid.org                                                                General site with lots of information about all aspects of financial aid                          

http://studentaid.ed.gov                                             Comprehensive government site with information in both                                                                                                                         English and Spanish.

 

 

Books

College Cost and Financial Aid Handbook            Provides information on costs and financial by the College Board aid at over 3000 colleges.

 

 

 

Hope Scholarship

www.gsfc.org                                                                 Website of the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC), the                                                                                                          agency responsible for administering student financial aid programs                                                                                                  provided by the State of Georgia. GSFC administers a variety of                                                                                                              scholarship and grant programs, including the HOPE Scholarship                                                                                                          Program.

 

 

www.gafutures.org                                                      A comprehensive site that helps GA students plan for, apply to and                                                                                                         pay for college.  It provides information on GA colleges and                                                                                                                     universities. financial aid (including the Hope) and planning                                                                                                                   resources

Gap Years

www.gapyearassociation.org                                     The Gap Year Association is a national nonprofit that provides                                                                                                                 information and resources for intentional Gap Year Programs. 

www.election2020gapyear.com                               Comprehensive s resources for students who want to defer college                                                                                                       admission or take a leave of absence from school for campaign work,                                                                                                   getting out the vote, or organizing around a specific issue.

 

www.omprakash.org                                                    A resource for online and in-person opportunities to be a volunteer for                                                                                              International social impact organizations.

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