- Easier - After
completing high school, many students choose to
continue their studies by going to college. More and
more adults are returning to college too. Many
technical and professional careers require people to
return to school to continue their education.
- People have many options for post secondary
education including vocational school, technical
school, community college, professional schools, as
well as colleges and universities.
- There are many factors to think about when
selecting a college including practical and financial
considerations, as well as, course offerings. Do you
want to stay close to home or visit a new area of the
world? Are you interested in a particular major that
is offered at a particular school? Is a public or
private institution best suited to your needs and
interests? Do you prefer a small or large campus? How
will your grades and test scores impact college
admission? These are just a few of the many questions
you need to consider before choosing a school.
- The College Bound Network provides a great
starting point for many web resources related to
getting in and succeeding at college.
- Related Websites:
- 2) College Bound Magazine http://www.collegeboundmag.com/
- 3) Student Rewards http://www.studentrewards.com
- 4) College Surfing http://www.collegesurfing.com/
- This comprehensive website has college searches,
information on test preparation, getting into top
schools, finding scholarships, electronic college
applications, paying for college and college
- Other Comprehensive College Success
- 2) CollegeNET http://www.collegenet.com/
- 3) College View http://www.collegeview.com/home/index.html
- 4) College Spot http://www.collegespot.com/
- 5) Embark http://www.embark.com/
- 6) FastWeb http://www.fastweb.com/
- 7) GoCollege http://www.gocollege.com/
- This site provides information about higher
education and career opportunities. Take the guided
tour of 'Planning a Career.'
- This website has been designed to provide
information on educational opportunities beyond high
school for learners of all ages. This website has
information for pre-high school, high school,
returning adult students and parents. There are links
to financial aid and college planning websites.
- 2) Think College Early (middle school) http://ed.gov/thinkcollege/early/tce_home.htm
- 3) Think College? Me? Now? http://www.ed.gov/pubs/CollegeMeNow/
- After exploring the resources at
several of the websites, complete one or
more of the following activities
- Explore Colleges. Create a list
of factors to consider in selecting a
college. Use College
Homepages and Braintrack
to locate at least three colleges you'd
like to explore. Compare and contrast the
- Becoming a Test Taker. In some
cases, your test scores are an important
part of your admission to college. Use the
websites below to practice!
- Ask Good Questions. It's
important to ask lots of questions before
you choose a college. After exploring some
options, write some email asking
questions. For example, you might write
the admissions office of a university.
Consider writing to some people who have
the career of your interest. Find out
about their college experience. Use a
website like Expert
Central to find some email
- Create a Financial Plan.
Aid for College. How much will it cost
to go to college? Sit down with an adult
such as a parent and discuss the financial
aspects of attending college. Create a
spreadsheet that shows the options. Use
some of the financial websites below for
suggestions. Explore a helpful worksheet.
Use the FinAid
Calculators for help.
- Build a Timeline. Regardless of
your age, it's time to start planning now.
Create a timeline that contains important
dates related to your college career.
- Should You Go to College? Take
an online quiz at College
Prep by Peterson from Parents'
- Complete a College Bound
WebQuest. Follow or adapt the
procedures found at one or more of the
following webquest site:
- 1) College Quest by J. Brown (Grade
- 2) College WebQuest (Grade 11)
- 3) How Do I Get There From
Here?Financing College by M.
Chenal-Ducey (Grades 10-12) http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/webfinancinmi.html
- Websites By Kids For Kids
Base (1998 ThinkQuest Project)
- This website gives high school students an idea of
what college life is like in three different sections:
Admission, Adventure, and Appraisal.
One Stop College Shopping (1997 ThinkQuest
- Suitable for middle-schoolers just beginning to
explore the idea of college life, there are simple
explanations here of fraternities, dorm life, the
process of applying for college, and even general
information about paying for college.
University Education Guide (1997 ThinkQuest
- This project focuses on educational options to
consider after high school including school types,
degree options, admissions, money, and exchange
programs. It also contains a database of schools and
Your Path (1997 ThinkQuest Project)
- Planning to continue your education in a college
or university? At this site you'll find a wealth of
information about institutions of higher learning in
each U.S. state. Discover sources for financial aid,
scholarships, and grants. Site also has persuasive
arguments that may convince students of the long-term
value of a college education.
to Tomorrow (1999 ThinkQuest Project)
- Deciding where to go to college is a major life
decision! Here are sites to help college-bound
students through the maze of applications, accepting
admission, and affording college education
College Guide for the Average Honor Student
(1997 ThinkQuest Project)
- Based on the Top 50 colleges as ranked by U.S.
News and World Report, included are interviews with
college students and questions asked by the authors to
admissions officers. You'll also find a complete
listing of undergraduate admissions office addresses,
phone numbers, and e-mail contact information.
- Planning and Decision Making
of Postsecondary Education: U.S. Department of
- The federal government provides information for
students and families, including links to colleges and
universities and other higher education web
on Preparing for College and a Career from
- Here you have tips on gaining college acceptance,
a time-line from grade 9 upwards that suggests
activities, and links to other sites.
- College is Possible
- Thinking about college? You probably have a lot of
questions: How does the application process work? What
sort of college is right for me? How much will college
Schooler's College Admissions Guide from
College Board Online
- Home schoolers face unique challenges when it
comes to planning and applying for college. This
website contains some things to consider.
for College: Some Issues for Parents and Students to
Consider from College Board
- Not everyone will attend college, but every
secondary student should explore their options.
- This on-line newsletter for middle school
students. Information on planning academically and
financially for college.
- Prepping for & Taking the SAT and
- Act, Inc.:
Information for Life's Transitions
- Best known for the ACT Assessment, our college
admissions testing program, ACT offers a wide range of
programs and services in educational planning, career
planning, and workforce development.
- Not To Be Missed Section:
- 2) Estimated Expenses for One Year of College
- Learn about important things to consider before
deciding on college plus college costs and financial
aid information. Prepare for the SAT, explore college
and career options, and access a guide to the
application process. All this from the group that
brings you the SAT.
- Not-To-Be-Missed Section:
- 2) About the SAT & Subject Tests http://www.collegeboard.org/sat/html/students/indx001.html
- Register then take a practice SAT test
- Test of English
as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®)
- This is the site for English proficiency testing
services for international students planning to study
in the United States, Canada, or other countries where
English is used in an academic environment.
- Money Matters
Aid for College from the Better Business
- To get the most from your educational potential,
you should begin mapping out your future as soon as
from National Association of Student Financial Aid
- This website is a comprehensive annotated
collection of information about student financial
- Not To Be Missed Section:
- 2) Calculators http://www.finaid.org/calculators/
Competitive and Prestigious Scholarships, Fellowships
& Internship Awards for College, Graduate School
& Postgraduate Research
- This site provides information on a broad number
- Related Websites:
- 2) College Scholarship Search http://angelfire.com/ns/scholarship/search.html
- 3) Scholarship Search Wizard http://www.fastweb.com/cpt/
Education Finacial Aid
- Here is a comprehensive listing of grants,
scholarships, loan programs, and other information to
assist students in their pursuit to study abroad.
- Nellie Mae
- Get advice for paying for college from the largest
source of student loan funding.
Scams from State of West Virginia,
Office of The Attorney General
- Learn the six signs that a scholarship search may
be a scholarship scam.
- Similar Websites:
- 2) Get Educated on Scholarship Scams http://www.ag.state.oh.us/civilrts/columns/scholar.htm
- 3) Scholarship Scams at Sallie Mae http://www.salliemae.com/planning/scams.html
Residency: How to Save Tuition
- Learn how to save on college tuition by
Financial Aid : U.S. Department of
- The Department administers several major student
aid programs, including Pell Grants and Stafford
Loans, which provide over $42 billion a year to help
millions of students pay for the costs of college.
This is the starting point if you're ready to apply
for financial aid or just interested in more
information about the federal student aid
- Related Websections:
- 2) Finding Out About Financial Aid ... http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/Students/student.html
- 3) Student Guide 2001-2002 (Financial Aid from the
U.S. Department of Education) http://www.ed.gov/prog_info/SFA/StudentGuide/2001-2/index.html
- More Comprehensive Websites
Colleges, College Scholarships, and Financial
- This site offers college bound students, parents,
and counselors easy access to information on US
colleges and universities, college scholarship and
financial aid searches, SAT and ACT test preparation
tips, and more.
Application for Federal Student Aid
- This site provides information about federal
financial aid program. Students can apply online.
for the College-Bound Athlete from National
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
- This is the official site for eligibility
regulations, financial assistance policies, and
- Related Website:
- 2) College Bound Basics by Rick Perko http://www.coachsedge.com/coaching/collegebound/
Guide to Life, University and Everything from
- This guide offers general survival hints for new
students, including managing money, social life, and
- Locating Campus Information and
- Free site membership allows you to locate and find
out about a campus and its programs, aplply online,
explore financial aid options, and more.
- This website specializes in application essay and
personal statement editing and also provides advice on
all aspects of the college and graduate school
- Related Websites:
- 2) Essay Wizard http://www.northfork.com/essaywiz/
- 3) Writing the College Admissions Essay from the
Indiana Career and Postsecondary Advancement Center
- 4) Writing Web http://www.writingweb.com/
- Save time and money by obtaining applications and
applying to your favorite colleges and universities
Degrees, Financial Aid, and Scholarships
- This is a good place to start if you are looking
for information about online degrees and virtual
- Although this site is a little slow, sometimes
even difficult to load -- it is the comprehensive
guide to higher education with comparative college
data about specific colleges and graduate
Homepages at the Student Center
- This links-site connects to websites of most
colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada.
- Similar Websites:
- 2) Braintrack http://www.braintrack.com/
- 3) National Center for Education Statistics
- 4) Web U.S. Universities, by State from UT Austin
- This search site lets you locate colleges with
specific majors by state or geographic regions.
- Here you can find study abroad programs, travel
info, maps, and more!
- Sites for Parents
Ready for College Early
- This is a guidebook for parents of middle and
junior high students.
- 2) Spanish Version http://www.ed.gov/pubs/GRFC_Span/grfcspan.html
- Higher Education
- This is the website of an organization that
promotes college access and awareness for people of
all ages, especially first generation college
students, by providing information, counseling and
College Ranking: Become an Educated Consumer
by S. Levin from Washington Parent
- Read this article from an educational consultant
who has been advising students and their parents about
college selection and admissions for 18 years.
- Other Articles:
- 2) How to Strive for a Top College by D. Peterson
at Parent-Teen's College Prep http://www.parent-teen.com/collegeprep/ivyleague.html
- 3) What You Do This Summer Can Help You Get Into
College by D. Peterson
- For parents, it's never too early . . . or too
late to start thinking about the subject of a college
Your Child for College from the U.S. Dept.
- This is a 1996-97 guidebook for parents.
- Websites For Teachers
Your College Education
- This lesson for grades 10-12 focuses on exploring
financial aspects of attending college.
Lesson Plans for College & Career
- This website provides lessons for freshman through
seniors related to planning for college.
Lesson Plan: College Accept-tion to the
- In this lesson students are encouraged to extend
their ideas about the college application process by
thinking about ways to supplement college
- Created by