Where do you begin the college search?
How will you know which college will be the best fit for you?
What is the timeline?
To start you off on your college admission research process here are some top websites that will help you.
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Filling out a College Pre-App connects you directly to the admissions offices of the colleges selected. The College Pre-App is a free, non-committal and informal application that presents High School Sophomores and Juniors directly to five of their chosen colleges. The College Pre-App identifies a student’s passions and ambitions creating a profile for colleges to evaluate and allows students to start the college awareness process earlier.
Useful College Resources for
Parents and Students
Free Application for
Federal Student Aid
Navigate your entire college application journey with The Common Application (Common App). Complete a single application on the Common App website and within moments you can apply to a wide range of colleges (nearly 900 participate). Some schools require supplementary materials that must be completed in addition to the standard application. Apply to college for the first time or transfer to complete your degree.
Find the college that is right for you with College Navigator. In this site you can refine your search by the degrees that you are interested in, size of campus, activities, locations and so much more. College Navigator consists primarily of the latest data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the core postsecondary education data collection program for NCES – the National Center for Education Statistics.
National Center for
Fair & Open Testing
If you are hoping to secure a scholarship, Fastweb is the place to hunt them down. Fastweb connects you to colleges, scholarships, and financial aid information and more. Once you complete your profile, you’ll have access to Fastweb’s database of more than 1.5 million scholarships. A leading online resource in finding scholarships to help you pay for school
Going to College
Special Needs Students
Is your special needs student applying to college? Going to College is a resource for teens with disabilities to learn more about what they can do now to prepare for applying to college. This website contains information about living college life with a disability. It’s designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help you get a head start in planning for college.
Student Training & Education in Public Service
Foster Youth Students
The Foster Care to College section of the Student Training & Education in Public Service (STEPS) website provide online resources for foster youth. Assistance is available for foster youth students on their path to college and more and more colleges are offering guidance programs. There is help available from national scholarships, state tuition waivers, to housing assistance and on-campus programs.
National Association for College Admissions Counseling
College Fairs website of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) provides a schedule of dates and times of college fairs. Start your college search for free at a NACAC National College Fair near you. The NACAC provides counseling and admission professionals with the expert advice and tools they need to better serve students and improve the college transition process.