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Useful Guidance Websites

Useful Guidance Websites

The Internet isn’t perfect, but one of its major strengths is the ability to provide vast amounts of information that can be searched with just a few clicks of the keyboard. Finding a college that meets your criteria is suddenly much easier than poring over a 300 page printed directory. Just enter what you want and watch the Internet churn out lists of colleges that match.

A. Exploring College Options:
  1. CollegeBoard  College Board’s home page-Contains college search engine, testing information and financial aid calculator.
  2. Petersons  Good college search engine and college information database
  3. The Princeton Review  Site to help in choosing a college
  4. US News  College search page and college rankings
  5. CollegeNET  College Net-searchable databases of colleges, scholarship opportunities and academic resources, lists colleges by city and state
  6. AICUO  Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio
  7. AACC  American Association of Community Colleges provides information on community or junior colleges. These colleges offer two-year programs to earn an associate’s degree or certificate in a specific area of interest.
  8. Womens Colleges Coalition There are 70 women’s colleges in the United States. Women are the main focus of extra curricular activities and educational resources.
  9. Federal Student Aid  Department of Education web site. It is a great resource to help students and families get the facts they need to prepare for college. The site has free online tools to help students and families access information about higher education and learn the facts about its affordability.
B. Specific Types of Schools
  1. AJCU The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities-Twenty eight Jesuit Colleges exist nation-wide from Boston College to Xavier University. Use the sites simple green map to find one near you or go to the directory and get links to their home pages
C. Rankings
  1. http://www.usnews.com/edu/home.htm U.S. News & World Report This magazine produces some of the most popular lists-even though they are criticized by college officials throughout the country for making college comparisons into a popularity contest. Take its ratings with a grain of salt. The site does have good information including a couple of good lists under "Bests Values" and "Most Efficient"
  2. http://www.pathfinder.com/money Money Magazine’s College Guide Click on the college option to get Money’s rankings. You will get into "the top 100 college buys", "the 50 runners-up", colleges that are "costly but worth it", "Black college buys" and many other interesting chapters. Interesting enough there is very little overlap between Money’s "Best Values" and U.S. News & World Reports "Best Values".
D. On Line Applications
  1. http://www.collegelink.com College link site with information about computerized applications
  2. http://www.nassp.org/web/frm.htm Contains the common application
  3. http://www.collegenet.com College Net’s on line applications
E. College Essays
  1. http://www.ivyessays.com IvyEssays-This site is designed to provide Inspiration by example, but many college admission officers are skeptical. The service is designed to provide-for free-copies of admission essays written by students who got into Ivy League colleges. Some useful advice is also available.
F. Exploring Financial Aid
  1. http://www.finaid.org The most comprehensive Financial Aid on the Web with hundreds of useful links to all things financial.
  2. http://www.fastap.org FASTaid huge useful database and good search engine
  3. http://www.fafsa.ed.gov FAFSA on line
G. Exploring Scholarship Opportunities
  1. http://www.fastweb.com Free scholarship database
  2. http://www.collegenet.com Free scholarship database
  3. http://www.gocollege.com Scholarship and college searches
H. Test Preparation
  1. http://www.kaplan.com Kaplan site helps you become familiar with the test you are going to take. This site provides sample questions and well as flash cards.
  2. http://www.testprep.com SAT prep
  3. http://www.collegeboard.org College Board site includes SAT test dates and on-line registration for the SAT
  4. http://www.gocollege.com Free ACT and SAT test prep on the Internet
  5. http://www.act.org ACT’s Web site
  6. http://www.ets.org
  7. http://www.review.com/college
I. Exploring Loan Opportunities
  1. http://www.salliemae.com Sallie Mae loan information
  2. http://www.nelliemae.org Nellie Mae loan information
J. Other Useful or Interesting Sites
  1. http://www.ncaa.org The NCAA site includes information on eligibility requirements for Div. I and II colleges, recruiting policies, and Clearinghouse information.
  2. http://www.naia.org National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics site
K. Career Exploration
  1. http://www.jobtrack.com Comprehensive career/job search program
  2. http://www.studentcenter.com Career search program including self-assessment
  3. http://mapping-your-future.org
L. Tax Information
  1. http://www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/Students/hopegd.html This is a families guide to the 1997 Tax Cuts for Education (USDE Site)
  2. http://www.nasfaa.org/staric/general/public/GrevHopCC111698.html Hope Scholarship/Lifetime Learning Tax Credit