The Best Resources To Secure A Brighter Future!
U.S. News and World Report’s College Rankings
U.S. News and World Report provides an annual ranking of colleges nationwide.
Quality Liberal Arts Colleges
Colleges That Change Lives schools are a distinctive group of quality liberal arts colleges that are ideal for students seeking a top-notch higher education outside of the Ivy League.
Find Your Major
MyMajors.com features an online college major quiz to help students pick a major based on their interests.
Get an Insider’s Point of View
CollegeProwler.com is the online version of the popular print college guidebook written by students, for students, and it can help teens go beyond a school’s official website or catalog to get an insider’s look at what actual, current college students say about their school
A similar site, Unigo.com, promises to “tell you what the colleges won’t.”
Submit Admission Applications
CommonApplication.org is used by more than 400 colleges nationwide; this saves the student time, since one application can be used for multiple colleges.
Get Financial Aid, Student Loans, or Scholarships
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program : GMS Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, offers scholarships to students of diverse backgrounds.
Posse Foundation: The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits, and trains incredible youth leaders from urban public high schools and sends these groups as “Posses” to top colleges
College.gov, a U.S. federal government site, gives families “financial aid 101” information, and helps them find available financial resources, like scholarships, grants, and loans.
Most colleges require the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to provide grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study opportunities.
AES also offers great resources to help think about, choose, and pay for college at EducationPlanner.org.
FastWeb.com offers thousands of scholarship opportunities, arranged by category, such as by College or Major, for High School Juniors or High School Seniors, and more.
Test Prep Study Resources
Most families know to register students for the ACT at ACT, Inc, but fewer know that it also offers lots of great free ACT studying resources, including study tips, sample questions — even complete tests.
College Board offers similar study resources for the SAT reasoning and subject tests, and for Advanced Placement tests, too.
Number2.com provides free online test preparation for the ACT and SAT college admissions tests.
Choose the Right Career
Career choice may be central to the college search itself. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program helps students get a sense of possible career choices that suit their personalities, interests, and abilities.
Create a List of Preferred Schools. Put together a list of 10 to 20 potential schools of interest. You can use College Board’s College Search MatchMaker tool to build your list of favorite schools. It provides several search criteria to narrow down the results. If you create an account, you can save your search criteria and save results to your own college list to reference at a later time.
Get in Touch with Schools
College Outlook is a free college planning resource for high schoolers to find and investigate colleges and to actually get in touch with them. The site also gives suggested application timelines, essay and admissions tips, test prep advice, interactive maps, and more.