College Resources List

Here’s an extensive list of websites that specifically cater to the college admissions and financial aid process that you may find helpful:

About College — a complete guide to everything you ever really wanted to know about college life, but didn’t know whom to ask.

ACT, Inc. — the official site of one of the major college admission tests, offering sample questions, test-taking strategies, and the ability to register for the test online. Also includes advice about choosing a college and applying for financial aid. Free.

Adventures in Education — an interactive site that offers information and services to help finance an education, select a college, and plan a career. Sponsored by the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation.

All About College — a great collection of college-related links and resources, including a comprehensive directory of college and university homepages from around the world, testing resources, financial aid resources, research tools, and a college chat area. — a great resource for prospective college students involved in the college search process, where students can find colleges and universities that match their criteria using a user-friendly search engine. Search criteria include programs offered, state, school type, sports, and college name. Includes more than 5,400 U.S. colleges. Also includes other college-related resources. Free. — a comprehensive resource for students interested in receiving admissions and financial aid application forms from schools, colleges, and universities throughout the U.S. and the world — using just one application request. Includes both undergraduate and graduate schools. Also has a searchable database of colleges, financial aid guides, and scholarship searches. Free. — the purpose of the site is to offer another source of information to assist future students in selecting the business education program that best suits your needs and personality. Includes information about the best business schools, financial aid, application aid, and more. Free to job-seekers. — a site for student-athletes to find colleges, apply for admission, and obtain financial assistance resources. A nice collection of helpful resources and links, organized around a sports theme. Sponsored by American Education Services (AES). Free.

CampusExplorer — an extremely cool tool for high school students planning to continue your education, where you can search for schools by major, location, and degree (4-year colleges, 2-year schools, and vocational programs) and find detailed information about the school, students, costs, admissions, and academics. No cost. — a comprehensive career development site for college students, with resources from helping you find a program of study, to choosing a major, and to finding employment after graduation. This site is basically a big collection of links for college students — in one useful location. Free to job-seekers.

CampusTours — a truly great resource for getting information about U.S. colleges. This site includes virtual campus tours, college webcams, and QuickTime VR tours, movies, and pictures. — where teens can view career descriptions, choose a career, find a school, and get answers to financial aid, career placement, and career education questions. Free.

Careers & Colleges — the Website of a quarterly publication that deals with the key issues facing teens — full of college information and resources for those continuing your education — and lots of information about jobs and careers for those thinking about your job prospects. Also includes a chat area where you can talk with other teens.

CareerLaunch — from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a very useful career and college site, with resources and links to help teens with self-assessment, summer opportunities, college search, career development, and more. No cost.

College Board Online — contains a great careers section dealing with helping you choose a career. Also includes information about colleges and financial aid.

The CollegeBound Network — an interactive guide to college life for aspiring college-bound students that offers teens insight and access to real people who can guide them through their college and career choices. Includes the College Bound Magazine, as well as a host of other Websites, including,,, and Free. — a great resource of college search and admissions and financial aid resources for students and parents. Includes a large selection of articles and other resources designed to help make the college admissions process easy and accessible to everyone. Free.

CollegeData — created for college-bound high school students and your families, this site helps you conduct a college search, qualify for college admission, find financial aid and apply for a student loan. No cost.

College Grazing — offers 13 interactive self-discovery surveys for college-bound students that provide immediate feedback to give your college planning focus and insight. Also includes a complete application essay writing guide and other tools and resources that you will need for a successful college search. No cost to students. — filled with ideas for current or college-bound students. Includes information about the best on-line and on-campus college courses. Whether you’re beginning your advanced academic studies, or just want to know how to go back and complete the degree you started, this Website can help.

College is Possible — the Coalition of America’s Colleges and Universities has launched this site to direct students and their families to the best information and advice about preparing for college, choosing the right college, and paying for college — with the goal of showing that with proper preparation, college is possible for every American.

CollegeLink — provides a range of pre-college articles, resources, and services, including college searches, test preparation, tips for getting into top schools, finding scholarships, electronic college applications, and more. Free.

CollegeNet — provides an interesting search engine that helps college-bound students find their “ideal college.” Searches for colleges can be narrowed by region, sports programs, majors, tuition, and several other factors. Also includes the “Mach25″ financial aid search engine, as well as “Applyweb,” where you can submit your application to hundreds of colleges online.

College Planning — provides students and your families with information on college selection, admission, financial aid, and scholarships. Includes sections for college planning for high school students, elementary and middle school students, and adults returning to college.

CollegeQuest — free membership offers you in-depth profiles of every undergraduate institution accredited in the U.S.; specially designed tools to help you manage the college admissions and financial aid process; the ability to apply online; Peterson’s database of more than 800,000 scholarships and awards; and much more.

CollegeSource — Quickly find the schools that match your requirements — for free. You can search by tuition, enrollment, affiliation, major programs of study and other criteria. Includes free information about more than 10,000 colleges and universities, including links to the schools’ Websites and college catalogs. Also includes a subscription fee-based service that features more 10,000 college catalogs in complete cover-to-cover, original page format — for 2-year, 4-year, graduate, and professional colleges and universities.

College Toolkit — dedicated to helping college-bound students find and apply for scholarships and learn about the college admissions process. Students can search through a database of more than 4,000 colleges, and explore 900 careers. It is one of the most comprehensive sites for life after high school. No cost to students.

CollegeView College Search — a free online college search service with profiles of more than 3,500 colleges and universities, virtual tours, electronic applications, financial aid information, career planning tools, and more. Great career exploration resources.

Collegiate Choice Walking Tours Videos — simple, unique, and non-promotional videos of actual campus tours of more than 300 colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, and Scotland. These are unedited recordings by a group of New Jersey college advisers of the actual student-guided campus tour at each of these schools. Nominal fees for videos.

Cyber Guidance Office — a virtual high school guidance office created by Bob Turba, Chairman of Guidance Services at Stanton College Preparatory School. This is simply a wonderful collection of links and resources for high school students and their families, focusing on colleges, scholarship and financial aid, and career information.

EdRef — a directory of more than 7,000 U.S. colleges and trade schools, where you can find schools by name, by size of minority population, and by athletic scholarships. Information includes admissions requirements, tuition expenses, and more. No cost.

Education Services Foundation (ESF) — a great collection of resources and links related to programs that help students borrow wisely. Check out the ESF College Countdown that, starting with the seventh grade and continuing up to the twelfth grade, includes information about course planning, career planning, and financial aid.

EDUFAX — provides a wide collection of information, resources, and links (as well as fee-based individual consulting) for college-bound students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

EssayEdge — with over 100 free sample college and graduate school application essays and pages and pages of essay writing tips, this site is the Net’s largest resource for admissions essay consulting and editing. EssayEdge’s professional Harvard-educated editors have helped thousands of satisfied customers gain entrance into their first choice school.

Getting Ready for College Early — a guide to planning for college that is designed for students (and their parents) in middle or junior high school…strongest part is the section on high school courses recommended for college, but also includes other great advice. (See also, “Preparing Your Child for College.”)

Get Recruited — which allows all students to be recruited (for free) by colleges, universities, graduate schools, and professional schools. Students simply need to complete a brief online questionnaire, which is then sent to colleges and universities around the U.S. Schools that determine matches with you will then contact you via email or postal mail with more information. Free.

GoCollege — a free, flexible, and user-friendly college search engine. Search by region, majors, tuition, test scores, keywords, and others.

Guidance On-Line — a great collection of resources for college-bound high school students from a guidance counselor with Dr. Phillips High School. Topics covered in this site include: college sites, financial aid information, scholarships, career sites, and Florida colleges.

High School Hub — an academic portal for high school students, with study guides for numerous subjects, a college prep quiz, a reference collection, and great resources for college choice and careers. Free.

IPEDS College Opportunities On-Line — a direct link to more than 9,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. From the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education. You can search based on location, program, or degree offerings. Free.

Jackson Vocational Interest Survey (JVIS) — based on years of research, the JVIS accurately measures your interests, showing how they relate to the worlds of college study and work, and mapping out your route to an interesting career. A great tool for teens searching for career direction.

Major Resource Kits — a great resource for helping you decide about possible majors in college, this site provides information on career paths, sample job titles, and a short bibliography of materials available to particular majors. From the University of Delaware’s Career Services Center.

MatchCollege — provides information on more than 6,000 technical certification programs, vocational schools, junior/community colleges, and 4-year universities — public and private. Information includes things like majors, housing, financial aid, admissions, athletics and more. No cost. — a really interesting college-planning site for college-bound students. By signing-up for a no-cost account, you can keep track of your college applications and compare your stats to those of other college applicants. It’s also a great resource for discovering new colleges that match your qualifications that you didn’t know about. No cost to students.

My College Guide — where college-bound students can search for colleges that meet your criteria (such as location, cost, freshman class size, school type) — or browse the alphabetical listings, get critical advice from the Admissions Guru, read interesting articles about college life, and more. Free to students. — a college search and college admissions site that includes a vast library of free articles related to the college admissions process, as well as an “ask the counselor” feature where students and parents can submit questions. Also sell their “Inside Admissions” reports for a select group of colleges. — a nice tool for high school and college students trying to identify potential college majors. This site asks you about your interests and experiences, analyzes the information, and then suggests six college majors for you to think about. While this tool should not be your only source of deciding on a major, it’s a neat tool that can help jump-start your planning process. Free.

My Future — for job-seekers, resume and cover letter advice, as well as advice about other career possibilities. For current college students, advice on funding your college education.

The Next Step Magazine — a complete source of information for teens! Great original articles and information, as well as links, to key issues related to teens, including (but not limited to) college preparation and profiles, career exploration, and job-hunting.

Peterson’s Education & Career Center — an excellent collection of resources for college students and grads, including resources on: graduate study, careers and jobs, summer programs, studying abroad, financing an education, and much more.

Private Colleges & Universities — both a magazine and a Website, its mission is to provide college-bound students with helpful information about the college admissions process. Includes some great articles about common situations college-bound students face, including boosting test scores, choosing colleges, finding financial aid, and much more. A great resource for high school students. — a career and college prep resource that helps students to explore various career paths (about 1,000) and research almost 2,000 4-year colleges (by name, location, field of study, certificate program, size, cost, and more). A very content-rich site.


The Student Center — a place for teens that is designed for teens by teens. Includes TeenNet Magazine — an online magazine written and published by teens, “Cool Chat” — a place for teens to chat, and “Ystar” — an email discussion list for active youth under age 26. — a great site for students seeking information about undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities, where you can read the uncensored reviews of current students and alumni (about 20,000 in total) of about 4,500 institutions. Also includes other useful college-bound resources and information. Free. — a comprehensive online directory of study abroad and international education. Includes college undergraduate semester, year-long and summer programs, intensive language and experiential programs plus high school and graduate study abroad.

Study Programs International (SPI) — offers foreign language immersion programs for high school students in San Sebastian, Santander, Tarrogona, and Costa Rica. Students are enrolled in a university or accredited language school and earn college credit by attending classes. SPI programs also help prepare students to perform well on the AP/IB Spanish exams.

SuperCollege — using the experiences and strategies of real students, SuperCollege aims to be nothing less than the leading source of infomation on admissions and financial aid for all college bound high school students.

U.S. News Education: Colleges and Careers Center and U.S. News Education: College — some great resources for when it’s time to choose a college, including college rankings, a college student forum, and financial aid advice.

Vocational Schools Guide — an emerging guide for students who are considering attending a vocational school, trade school, or community college in the U.S. or Canada. Students can search for programs by state or by degree program. Free to students. Bankrate features financial calculators that range in focus from beginning budgeting to determining what it will take to save for a young child’s college education.

College Savings Plans Network Information on state-sponsored prepaid tuition and college savings plans throughout the U.S.

Financial Planners
To someone who can help you develop college savings plans check with your bank or credit union or visit one of the following Web sites:

National Institute of Certified College Financial Planners You can reduce the cost of college! NICCP advisors can help you make wise financial decisions to achieve your education funding goals. They are professionals with extensive training and continuing education in college financial planning. Our advisors possess the skills and experience necessary to help you reduce the financial impact of higher education.

National Association of Personal Financial Advisors NAPFA, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement of Fee-Only comprehensive financial planning.
Internal Revenue Service The IRS Web site gives you detailed information about new tax laws, answers tax-related questions, and allows you to file your income taxes online.

Mapping Your Future Information to help you plan your career select a school, and pay for your education.

Money Magazine Money Magazine’s site lets you calculate how much you need to save to pay for college. An interactive guide helps you find the best college deals and ranks U.S. colleges nationwide.

Occupational Outlook Handbook The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics updates this handbook annually. The Outlook has a list of professions, the training and education required to enter them, and their salary levels and employment opportunities. To order or view the publication, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics Web site.

Peterson’s Guides You can order a number of publications that offer advice on college planning, the application process and financial aid programs. Note: these publications can be ordered online from Peterson’s, but they are not free. Many Peterson’s Guides are available in public libraries.

Princeton Review View the results of a survey in which college students rate the schools they are attending. You can also get guidance on going to college, choosing a career, and access to Princeton publications on college and financial aid choices.

Think College Early Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Think College Early, is filled with helpful information on what it takes to prepare for college. The Web site’s motto, “It’s never too late or too early to think about going to college,” makes it a good place to visit if you’re considering college.

U.S. Department of Education Planning and paying for college information from the federal government.

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