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Web resources for your college search

Sometimes it is hard to know where to start, so we have compiled a comprehensive reference list of some of our favorite resources and frequently used web tools.

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Standardized Testing

SAT vs. ACT? Do I need to take SAT II Subject Tests? What do they all mean? These are all good questions that many students ask on a daily basis. It’s true, standardized testing with all of its acronyms can be very confusing. We have included below helpful web resources to better explain the unique attributes of each test and which ones may be best for your application process.

ACT

Where to register for the ACT test—a multiple choice standardized test that covers four skill areas: English, Reading, Math, and Science—and an optional Writing Section.  This site also offers helpful tips on college planning, financial aid and career planning.

CollegeBoard

Where to register for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, College Level Examination Programs and Advanced Placement; do an online college search using BigFuture, and fill out the CSS Profile, a financial aid form required by some colleges.

Applerouth

Using the latest research in cognition, memory, and motivation to help students achieve a higher level of success with standardized test preparation. The tutoring process caters to each student’s specific strengths, needs, and schedule.

ETS (Educational Testing Service)

An educational testing and assessment organization that administers the TOEFL among many other tests. ETS is also a resource for educational research, analysis and policy studies in elementary, secondary and postsecondary education.

Fair Test

Fair Test provides a list of colleges and universities that are test-optional and do not require the ACT or SAT in the college application review process.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

A standardized test administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS) that measures English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers wishing to enroll in US colleges and universities.

College Search and Application Process

With the power of the Internet, there are numerous resources to consider when approaching your college research. Below we have included a few of our favorite sites that can help students deepen their experience in the search process.

College Admission Glossary: Learning the Lingo

A quick and easy glossary that can help you better understand important terms and language related to your process.

Common Application

The Common Application is an undergraduate admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of its 517 member colleges and universities.

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success

Launched in 2016, the Coalition has developed a free platform of online tools to streamline the experience of applying to college. Students may use this platform to apply to any of its 90+ member colleges and universities, build a virtual locker to share with counselors, teachers, and mentors, and submit applications with ease.

 Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL)

Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. This website includes a host of resources including college profiles, articles, and book recommendations on a variety of college topics.

BigFuture by CollegeBoard

An interactive site that allows students to do online college searches, research college majors and career interests, and learn more about scholarship opportunities.

Unigo

Provides detailed information on college searches, scholarship information, and internship opportunities.

Niche

An interactive search engine to explore college reviews, rankings, and statistics.

Financial Aid & Scholarship Information

Understanding all aspects of financial aid can be daunting at times with various forms to fill out and important deadlines to meet. Below are some helpful web tools to help you navigate the financial aid process as well as search engine resources for scholarship opportunities.

FAFSA

The official site for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is used to determine your eligibility for federal financial aid, which may include grants, scholarships, work-study and loans.

Net Price Calculator

An online calculator that helps students and family understand what their “net price” is to attend a specific college or university.  This website provides helpful information on how to use the net price calculator and to locate specific net price calculators for the colleges and universities throughout the United States.

CSS Profile

Located on the College Board website, this is an online financial aid application that is required by some colleges (in addition to filing the FAFSA) to determine family contribution and financial assistance packages.

SmartScholar

Finding the perfect scholarship based on award amount, deadline, eligibility and academic requirements, and anything else you need to know.

FastWeb

A comprehensive online resource for scholarship searches as well as other financial aid advice and helpful college planning tips.

FinAid

A comprehensive resource for advice and helpful tools about student financial aid, scholarships and loan programs.

Cappex

Helping students to discover the best scholarship fit utilizing resources from colleges, universities, private companies, and foundations,

High Five Scholarships

A scholarship search engine that helps students find matches using personal characteristics, goals, and interests.

Recommended Reading List

There are a lot of great books out there to help you learn more about the college process and where it can take you. Here is a quick reading list of some of our favorites.

The Best Colleges by The Princeton Review

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose the Teenage Brain by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings by Kenneth R. Ginsberg

College Essay Essentials: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Successful College Admissions Essay by Ethan Sawyer

Colleges That Change Lives – 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges by Loren Pope

Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward Fiske

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims

A Mind at a Time – America’s Top Learning Expert Shows How Every Child Can Succeed by Mel Levine

Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni

Specialty Resources

Whether prepping for the important audition or contemplating the benefits of taking a gap year, there are many helpful websites out there to better familiarize you with these uniquely identified specialty areas.

The Arts and the Audition Process

Acceptd

Billed as the world’s largest arts network connected to over 5,000 programs, Acceptd is an online platform where students submit a portfolio to be reviewed for college admissions and other arts programs including workshops and festival opportunities.

Dramatic Magazine’s College Theatre Directory

Offers an extensive online database for college theatre programs.

MajoringinMusic.com

Comprehensive information on music schools, the audition process, scholarship opportunities for music majors and career opportunities in music.

SlideRoom

An online platform and application management tool to submit creative profiles/portfolios for college admissions, which can include images, videos, audio and more.

The Recruited Athlete

NCAA

The official site for the National Collegiate Athlete Association. Also, this is where you will find important information about the recruitment process and understanding NCAA eligibility.

NAIA

The official site for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics–an association of small athletics programs that are dedicated to intercollegiate athletics.

Taking A Gap Year

American Gap Association

A comprehensive online web resource to learn more about gap year programs and summer learning experiences, whether immersing oneself in a single subject, gathering field experience or engaging in service learning.

Rotary Youth Exchange

Study abroad exchange programs for students of the ages 15-19. Exchange programs can be for a few weeks or a full year and are hosted by local Rotary clubs.

USA Gap Year Fairs

Provides information and advice on gap year programs, fair schedules, and suggested reading materials.