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College Counseling Links & Resources

There are many resources available online that can aid in the college selection process. Here are a few that University High School students have found useful:

  • The Common Application — The common application is an acceptable application form for admission to the undergraduate programs of many colleges and universities. Many use the form exclusively. Students complete one common application form and send the form to any of the participating colleges.
  • College Board — Visit this website to register for the SAT, search for colleges and scholarships, and obtain a variety of information about the college search and application process.
  • ACT — Register for the ACT, download a college comparison worksheet, use the financial aid estimator and prepare for the test.
  • CSS Profile Online — The CSS Profile is the form many private colleges and universities require, in addition to the FAFSA, for those applying for financial aid.
  • FAFSA — Free Application for Federal Student Aid: most colleges require this form before considering a student for financial aid.
  • FASTWEB — A free scholarship search engine that matches a student’s interests with available scholarships.
  • FINAID — A guide to financial aid.
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling — Extensive list of online resources. This is a premier site for college resources.
  • NCAA  — Information about playing sports at the NCAA Division I, II, or III college level.
  • The Princeton Review — Search for test prep classes and search colleges based on name, region, state, size and cost.
  • Scholarships.com — Free scholarship search and financial aid resource that matches colleges to personal information.
  • Scholarship Scam Page — Federal Trade Commission info about scholarship swindles.

Recommended Reading

The department of college counseling has a library of resources that can be helpful in the college search process. There are catalogues and other materials from many colleges and universities across the United States. College guidebooks in the library include College Handbook by the College Board, Complete Book of Colleges by The Princeton Review, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges by the Yale Daily News, America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, and How to Get into College by Newsweek.

Other publications worth investigating are Colleges that Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges and The College Admissions Mystique.