Exploring College Options & Rankings
• College Board
• College Data
• College View
• Princeton Review
• Forbes Rankings
• U.S. News & World Report Rankings
Great Resource Books
Objective College Guide Books
U.S. News Ultimate College Guide, U.S. News & World Report, annual
The College Handbook. College Board, annual
Subjective College Guide Books
Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges, annual
Macleans [Canadian magazine, annually ranks Canadian universities]
The Insider's Guide to the Colleges. Yale Daily News, annual
Performing & Visual Arts College Guide Books
College Guide for Performing Arts Majors: The Real-World Admission Guide for Dance, Music, and Theater Majors (Peterson's College Guide for Performing Arts Majors)
Everett, Carol. College Guide for Performing Arts Majors - 2009 (Peterson's College Guide for Performing Arts Majors).
An Inside Look at College Admissions
Avery, Christopher, et al. The Early Admissions Game. Harvard, 2003
Hernandez, Michele. A is for Admission: The Insider's Guide to Getting into the Ivy League and Other Top Colleges. Warner, 2009
London, Michael and Kramer, Stephen. The New Rules of College Admissions: Ten Former Admissions Officers Reveal What it Takes to Get Into College Today. Fireside Books, 2006
Mathews, Jay. Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League. Prima, 2003
Steinberg, Jacques. The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process at a Premier College. Viking, 2003
Toor, Rachel. Admissions Confidential. St, Martins, 2001
Jerome, Karabel. The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. 2006
Sternberg, Robert J. College Admisson for the 21st Century, 2010
Ferguson, Andrew. Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid into College. 2012
Stevens, Mitchell L. Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of Elites. 2007
Majors & Other Selection Criteria
Antonoff, Steven R. The College Finder, Third Edition, Wintergreen Orchard House, 2008
Index of Majors and Graduate Degrees. College Board, annual
Colleges with Special Programs for Students with Learning Disabilities
Kravets, Marybeth et al. K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities. Princeton Review, almost annual
Mandgrim, T. C. et al. Peterson’s Guide to Colleges with Programs for Learning Disabled Students, almost annual
College Search and Applications Process:
• Colleges that Change Lives
• College Application Essay,McGinty
• College Essays That Made a Difference,Princeton Review
• Conquering in the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps,Second Edition:Crafting aWinning Personal Statement ,Gelb
• Fiske Real College Essays that Work,Fiske and Hammond
Financial Aid and Scholarships:
• U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid- Homepage for the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid, offering free information, guidance and tools for federal student assistance.
• Department of Education’s portal for preparing for and funding college
• Information for international students
• Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA
• http://www.fastweb.com/ is a comprehensive scholarship search engine
• http://scholarships.fatomei.com/school.html - a list of scholarship options for the K-12 levels
• http://www.collegescholarships.org - view scholarships by student type, degree, subject, state, athletic, minority, etc.
• http://www.collegeanswer.com/paying/scholarship_search/pay_scholarship_search.jsp - Free scholarship search site created by Sallie Mae
• http://www.ldrc.ca/scholarships.php -offers listing of various sites a student with disabilities can access to find information relative to scholarship opportunities
• http://www.educationusa.state.gov/ - website from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and has everything you could ever want to know about studying in the United States, including finding a school for undergrad or graduate education, Fulbright programs, scholarships, visas, and the application process. It’s a one-stop shopping site.
• http://www.amideast.org/ - is a non-profit organization that helps international students to study in the United States. They offer educational advising services, English-language instruction, access to Fulbright scholarships, administration of the YES program for high school exchange students, and in some locations, administration of TOEFL exams. They have offices throughout the Middle East and work in coordination with the U.S. Department of State.
• http://www.educationusa.state.gov/undergrad/testing/english.htm – is the link for an explanation of the TOEFL exam, including those who can apply for waiver if they have been educated in English.
• www.toefl.org - The official site from the Educational Testing Service for the English language test used in college admissions
• http://www.4tests.com/exams/examdetail.asp?eid=57 – free online TOEFL exam test practice
• http://www.testprepreview.com/toefl_practice.htm – free online TOEFL exam test practice
• http://www.internationalscholarships.com/ - This website provides scholarship information for international students. Search awards by award type, location, country, field of study.
• http://www.fundingusstudy.org/ - extensive database of scholarships maintained by International Institute of Education (IIE). International students can find scholarships based on field of study, region, location in the US or by name of the scholarship program
• http://www.nafsa.org/students.sec/financial_aid_for_undergraduate -financial aid for international students
• https://www.nacacnet.org/knowledge-center/international/NACAC site for international students
• http://www.internationalstudent.com/ - Lists a variety of resources for an international students such as international student loans, travel, phone cards, insurance, tax returns, scholarships, etc.
• http://www.isphomestays.com/ Homestay placement programs for international students in Northern California, Southern California and Hawaii
• http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1268.html - U.S. Department of State website for international student visas
• http://www.ice.gov/sevis/students/ Student Process Steps: How to Navigate the U.S. Immigration System – this is a step by step guide
• Great article for college parents on coping when their child goes to college. The article also provides additional Internet resources and reference books for parents.
• http://www.clearinghouse.castategearup.org/parents/details/colAwareness/parents/ Gear Up resources clearinghouse offers a parent college awareness menu.
• www.collegeparents.org – “College Parents of America (CPA) is the only national membership association dedicated to helping parents prepare and put their children through college easily, economically and safely. CPA is a resource, advisor and advocate for more than 32 million households with parents of current and future college students throughout the U.S.”
• http://www.collegeparents.org/cpa/resource.html - blogs and list serves for parents
• National Collegiate Athletic Association
• This is a comprehensive list serves http://www.eguidancecounselor.com/student_athletes.htm - college check-list for the student-athlete is very exhaustive and informative. The realistic assessment is a good pointer towards the reality. Last but not the least, it provides a link to the must-read “Guide for the college-bound athlete” and NCAA clearinghouse.
• http://www.collegestudentathletes.com/index.cfm - provides a free tool for student athletes looking to combine athletics and academics at a D3 college.
• http://collegesportsinfo.com/ – lots of information regarding college sports.
• http://www.nacacnet.org/MemberPortal/ForStudents/OnlineResources/studentathlete.htm - online resources for the student athlete
• Athletesadvisor.blogspot.com The Athlete’s Advisor Blog
• Collegecoachesonline.com National Directory of College Athletics