College Process Resources

General Admission Information 

The Education Conservancy – http://www.educationconservancy.org 

The Common Application – https://www.commonapp.org

The Unified Application for Conservatory Admission – https://www.unifiedapps.org 

The University of California system – http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions 

The California State University system – http://www.calstate.edu

Colleges That Change Lives – http://www.CTCL.org

College Click TV – http://www.collegeclicktv.com

College Prowler – http://collegeprowler.com

U.S. Department of Education College Navigator – http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator

Unigo – College Reviews by College Students – http://www.unigo.com 

The Fiske Guides – http://www.fiskeguide.com

National Survey of Student Engagement – http://nsse.iub.edu/index.cfm

Virtual College Tours – http://www.campustours.com

Understanding College Rankings –http://www.nacacnet.org/studentinfo/CollegeRankings/pages/CollegeRankings.aspx

Admissions 101 – http://www.nacacnet.org/studentinfo/articles/pages/Admission101.aspx

California State University Mentor Online Application – https://secure.csumentor.eduf

University of California Online Application – http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/index.html

College Visits – http://www.college-visits.com/index.html

Colleges in the South – http://www.colleges.org/institutions.html

Colleges in the Midwest – http://www.acm.edu/index.html

Princeton Review College Search – http://www.princetonreview.com/colleges-majors.aspx

Index of American Universities – http://www.clas.ufl.edu/au

Colleges of Distinction – http://www.collegesofdistinction.com

Colleges Confidential College Search – http://www.collegeconfidential.com

College Board Big Future Matchmaker – https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search

Catholic Colleges – http://www.catholiccollegesonline.org

Tour CSU Campuses – https://secure.csumentor.edu/campustour

Exploring Majors Through ASSIST – http://www.assist.org/web-assist/welcome.html

Community Colleges in California – http://www.cccco.edu

University Visitors Network – http://www.myuvn.com

Two Year Colleges in the United States – http://www.utexas.edu/world/comcol/alpha

Standardized Tests

ACT – http://www.actstudent.org 

Colleges that Require Subject Tests – http://www.compassprep.com/admissions_req_subjects.aspx

Financial Aid and Scholarships 

The CSS/PROFILE Financial Aid Application – https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/index.jsp

FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid – http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

Overview of Federal Student Aid – http://www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov/F4CApp

Scholarships Search-School Soup – http://www.schoolsoup.com

Financial Aid – http://www.finaid.org

WUE – Western Undergraduate Exchange – http://www.wiche.edu/wue

LEAD – http://www.leadprogram.org

Merit Aid – http://www.meritaid.com

Scholarship scams – http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/scams.phtml

California Student Aid Commission – http://www.csac.ca.gov

For Athletes

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

NCAA College Search by Sport – http://web1.ncaa.org/onlineDir/exec2/sponsorship

Student Aid Division III – http://www.collegestudentathletes.com/index.cfm

Gap Year Opportunities and Summer Programs 

Source Site for Summer Enrichment and Gap Years – http://www.enrichmentalley.com

Fine and Performing Arts Camps – http://www.usperformingarts.com 

Thousands of Jobs in Great Places – http://www.coolworks.com

Gap Year Programs Around the World – http://usagapyearfairs.org/index.html

Books 

“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.