Resources

Please refer to the College Counseling Handbook for complete information on the application process, researching colleges, financial aid, and more.

Because websites are updated frequently and the specific URL for each website may change, please do an online search for any items of interest to learn more and get the most accurate, up-to-date information.


Useful Websites
 
Researching Colleges

CaliforniaColleges.edu
Learn about the state’s college options, take career assessments, discover careers that may be a good match for your interests

Big Future (College Board)
Review guides about types of colleges and degree options. Search colleges by category. Explore careers, learn which occupations have the most job openings, etc.
 
Noodle
Search site with detailed information on US universities’ admission requirements. Can search by region, the rigor of courses you’ve taken, size of student body, average SAT/ACT scores, etc. Shows selectivity of the college.
 
Chegg
Search site for US universities and colleges. Can filter by type of school (city, rural, coed, four-year, etc.). Sorts by categories like best food and most beautiful campus. Articles about application tips, financial aid, writing essays, etc.
 
FairTest.org
Lists “test-optional” colleges that don’t require SAT/ACT or have alternate test requirements
 
Unigo
Search for colleges, compare statistics, read reviews by real students. Be matched with schools based on answers about your learning style, how you prioritize school and activities, etc.
 
Princeton Review
Search for colleges. Articles about essay tips, recommendation letters, Early Decision versus Regular Decision, etc.

NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete
 
Center for Online Education
Listings of online degree programs

The Guardian Education University League tables
UK rankings based on student satisfaction, school resources, career placement, and other factors
 
The Complete University Guide
Individual subject rankings for UK undergrad programs
 
Unistats
Compare UK degree programs, filter results based on your answers to questions. Shows post-grad outcomes.
 
Study Canada
Guide to studying in Canada, and listings of universities
 
Maclean's
For Canada, the equivalent of US News rankings

EUNICAS: European University Central Application Support Service
For programs in Europe, especially those taught in English
 
QS
Rankings by subject areas, helpful articles
 
The Times of London worldwide rankings site
 

Applications

Common Application
Application system for over 700 colleges

University of California: Freshman Application Tips and Tools for California Students
 
UCAS
Application system for all UK universities

 
Standardized Tests

College Board
SAT, SAT Subject Tests, Khan Academy free online prep, and practice tests
 
ACT.org

The Compass Guide to College Admission Testing

Compass Education Group SAT Subject Test Requirements and Recommendations
 
TOEFL.org
Test of English as a Foreign Language
 
IELTS.org
International English Language Test

 
Financial Aid

FAFSA.gov
Apply for federal financial aid

CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE
See College Board website. Form required by many institutions for need-based financial aid.

StudentAid.ed.gov
Connected with FAFSA

Scholarships:
Cappex
FastWeb
Raise.me
Scholarships.com

Recommended Books

Starting Out

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

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

The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life
By Laura Kastner and Jennifer Wyatt

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
By Daniel J. Siegel MD

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
By Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College
By Patricia Pasick

Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years
By Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger

I'm Going to College--Not You!: Surviving the College Search with Your Child
By Jennifer Delahunty (editor)

At What Cost?: Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools
By David L. Gleason Psy.D.

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life
By William Deresiewicz


Researching Colleges

The Best 380 Colleges
By Princeton Review

Fiske Guide to Colleges
By Edward Fiske

Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That's Right for You
By Loren Pope

The Insider's Guide to the Colleges: Students on Campus Tell You What You Really Want to Know
By Yale Daily News Staff

College Handbook
By College Board

Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges
By Loren Pope

The Hidden Ivies: 50 Top Colleges—from Amherst to Williams —That Rival the Ivy League
By Howard Green and Matthew W. Greene


Application Process

College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step
By Robin Mamlet and Christine VanDeVelde

Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College
By Sally P. Springer, Jon Reider, and Joyce Vining Morgan

Fiske Guide to Getting Into the Right College
By Edward Fiske and Bruce Hammond


Standardized Testing

Barron's ACT 36: Aiming for the Perfect Score
By Ann Summers, Alexander Spare, and Jonathan Pazol

1,460 ACT Practice Questions
By Princeton Review

The Official SAT Subject Tests in Mathematics Levels 1 & 2 Study Guide
By College Board
 

Majors and Careers

Best Jobs for the 21st Century
By Laurence Shatkin

Book of Majors
By College Board


Financial Aid

Paying for College Without Going Broke
By Princeton Review and Kalman Chany

Getting Financial Aid
By College Board

How to Get Money for College
By Peterson’s

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