College Process Resources

General Admission Information 

The Education Conservancy – 

The Common Application –

The University of California system – 

The California State University system –

Colleges That Change Lives –

College Prowler –

U.S. Department of Education College Navigator –

Unigo – College Reviews by College Students – 

The Fiske Guides –

National Survey of Student Engagement –

Virtual College Tours –

Admissions 101 –

University of California Online Application –

Colleges in the Midwest –

Princeton Review College Search –

Colleges of Distinction –

College Confidential College Search –

College Board Big Future Matchmaker –

Catholic Colleges –

Exploring Majors Through ASSIST –

Community Colleges in California –

University Visitors Network –

College Transfer Guide –

Standardized Tests

ACT – 

Colleges that Require Subject Tests –

Financial Aid and Scholarships 

The CSS/PROFILE Financial Aid Application –

FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid –

Financial Aid –

WUE – Western Undergraduate Exchange –


Merit Aid –

Scholarship scams –

California Student Aid Commission –

Scholarship Search –

Private Student Loan Lenders –

For Athletes

NCAA Eligibility Center for Division I and II – http://eligibilitycenter

Gap Year Opportunities and Summer Programs 

Fine and Performing Arts Camps – 

Thousands of Jobs in Great Places –

Gap Year Programs Around the World –


“Admission Matters: What Students and Parents need to Know about Getting into College”; Sally Spring, Jon Reider, and Marion Franck, Jossey-Bass

“Allow Your Children to Fail if You Want Them to Succeed”; Avril Beckford, Author House

“Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children”; Michael Thompson, Katherine Grace, and Lawrence Cohen, Ballantine Books

“Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers”; Alissa Quart, Basic Books

“The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton”; Jerome Karabel, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

“College Admissions Together:  It Takes a Family”; Steven Goodman and Andrea Leiman, Capital Books

“College Knowledge: What It Really Takes for Students to Succeed and What We Can Do to Get Them Ready”; David Conley, Jossey-Bass

“College Unranked:  Ending the College Admission Frenzy”; Lloyd Thacker, ed., Harvard University Press

“Colleges That Change Lives”; Loren Pope, Penguin Books

“Cool Colleges: For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different”; Donald Asher, Ten Speed Press

“Doing School:  How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed-Out, Materialistic,and Miseducated Students”; Denise Clark Pope, Yale University Press

“The Gatekeepers”; Jacques Steinberg, Penguin Books

“Going to College: How Social, Economic, and Educational Factors Influence the Decisions Students Make”; Don Hossler, Jack Schmit, and Nick Vesper, The Johns Hopkins University Press

“Harvard Schmarvard”; Jay Mathews, Three Rivers Press

“The Launching Years:  Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life”; Laura Kastner and Jennifer Wyatt, Three Rivers Press

“Less Stress, More Success:  A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admission and Beyond”; Marilee Jones and Kenneth Ginsburg, AAP

“The Little College Handbook; A First Generation’s Guide to Getting In and Staying In”; Melissa Mellott, Advocacy Press

“Looking Beyond the Ivy League”; Loren Pope, Penguin Books

“The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College”; Harlan Cohen, Sourcebooks, Inc.

“Panicked Parents’ Guide to College Admissions”; Peterson’s

“The Pressured Child:  Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life”; Michael Thompson and Teresa Barker, Ballantine Books

“The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids”; Madeline Levine, Harper Collins Publishers

“Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise and Other Bribes”; Alfie Kohn, Mariner Books

“The Secret Lives of Overachievers”; Alexandra Robbins

“Standardized Minds: The High Price of America’s Testing Culture and What We Can Do to Change It”; Peter Sacks, Da Capo Press

“Taking Time Off”; Colin Hall, Princeton Review

“The Unintended Consequences of High Stakes Testing”; M. Gail Jones, Brett D. Jones,and Tracy Hargrove, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.