Choosing a College
NOTE **There often is a fee for
on-line applications. Read the information carefully to determine the fees
and consider if the costs are worth any advantages gained by applying electronically.
***Most of the search programs do
not search all of the accredited institutions of higher education.
The database may be limited to private, public, or client colleges who
have paid to be in included in the listing. Try a few of the search engines
for a more varied listing. In reviewing the rankings of institutions, consider
the criteria used and the sources of the data.
****Some of the sites require registration
(it may be called membership) in order to access the services they offer.
Generally there is no charge for registration but the introductory information
should be carefully read to be sure. The registration generally asks
for name, address, e-mail, phone number and some questions on interests
or preferences. Be aware that this information may be shared with
client colleges or with other sites that are selling products. Those
who register may get unwanted e-mail advertisements.
Colleges, Universities, and Scholarships
Information is given on colleges in the
U.S. and the site includes free financial aid, scholarship searches and
SAT and ACT test preparation tips. E-mail addresses and telephone
numbers for admissions officers and financial aid officers are available.
Noteworthy is the information for home schoolers planning to attend college.
A site sponsored by the Texas Guaranteed
Student Loan Corp., it has information on career planning, selecting a
school, and paying for college. The site is useful for middle school
and high school students, and those students already in college. The middle
school information links academic preparation and course requirements to
career ideas. A chart is provided that can be used to plan high school
courses. For high school students and their parents information on
choosing the right courses, selecting a college, taking entrance examinations,
applying for admissions, and financial aid is provided. For students
already in college there is information on financial aid, changing majors,
transferring to another school, and an in-school and after-school budgeting
sheet. There is a separate area on career planning. This site
also links to E-Hound which will track admissions and financial deadlines
Newspapers on the Internet
A good way to learn about what a college
is really like is to read its newspaper. This links to U.S. collegiate
newspapers that are online.
for All Collegiate Information
A page with links to college information
sites;department sites; student, graduate and faculty sites; sports sites,
and collegiate organization sites.
This site has information on the major
components of the college admissions process. There are search engines
for college choice, scholarships, and career exploration. Information
on PSAT SAT, AP examinations is included. Students can register for
SATs on-line. Links are also provided to CollegeSearch (a college choice
search engine) and Going Right On, a planning site for pre-high school
Choice Web Site Home page
This website, provided by UCLA, presents
an informative introduction to the major issues in thinking about and applying
to college such as preparing for college, selecting a school, the college
application, paying for college, first year away from home, college choice
timeline, and links to websites with related information. The information
is straightforward and useful when beginning to think about college.
The site contains comprehensive college
profiles and a search engine to match students’ parameters with colleges.
Students can enter a profile that will become available to college recruiters.
This site has forums for interactive discussion, Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQ) and advice columns to give students an opportunity to address individual
concerns. A career search based on interests and goals is accessible.
Find and select the
best college(s) for you from a database of over 3,200 two- and four-year
colleges. Search by name if you have a specific school in mind or search
by criteria (location, type of school, financial aid, etc.) to find schools
that match your preferences. You'll get information about each college
and you can link directly to its web site.
This comprehensive search site includes
a feature in which students can enter a personal profile which is made
available to campus recruiters. Photos of colleges from viewbooks
or virtual cameras, for some campuses, are accessible. The site has
links on financial aid, test preparation, college sports, and academics.
There is a search engine for education-related websites.
This informative site provides information
to help prepare for a successful transition to college. There are
clearly-explained mini-lessons on topics related to the admissions process
and tips on becoming a successful college student. For those students
applying to college, there is an explanation of the materials used in the
recruiting process and financial aid. Practical advice and suggestions
for navigating college issues including campus life, dormitory living,
multiculturalism, study skills, and transitioning to college are given.
This college search program from the College
Board is accessible through its home page.
Student Email Center
This site consists of a list of student
email addresses. Need to find a student who goes to a particular college?
Want to ask anyone a campus question? Here is one place to start.
will college be like? What do you really want out of the experience?
will you survive cafeteria food and your first-year roommate?
a clue by playing the Amazing
Opportunities On-Line (COOL)
A direct link to information on over 9,000
colleges and universities in the United States. If you are thinking about
a large university, a small liberal arts college, a specialized college,
a community college, a career or technical college or a trade school, you
can search for them here.
The site offers free on-line search services
including a college search program and on-line applications. Profiles
on all accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada are
accessible, and detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities
are included. There are virtual tours of over 100 campuses.
Career advice and planning tools are obtainable. Ask Experts encourages
users to e-mail a question regarding college admissions to professionals
in the field and the Question Archive lets users read some of the previously
asked questions. Excerpts from books about college give information
about specific areas of the college planning and admissions process.
There is a message board to post questions and get feedback from other
This site has a basic search program which
generates a list of possible college choices from a database of independent
institutions. It has an area for finding financial aid, scholarships,
and loans. A section of advice on admissions, financial aid, and
campus life is included. Students or parents can ask questions and
receive e-mail answers about the college admissions process, financial
aid, and about campus life. An area has information and links for
student athletes and on-campus athletics. The tip of the day for
college success is included. Upon registering, further information
from client colleges can be requested.
Comparisons of American Colleges and Universities
A site providing information that allows
students to make factual comparisons of colleges based on data collected
from a variety of educational research sources. Comprehensive reports
on colleges include information on costs, reputation, library, crime statistics,
financial aid, student body, and majors. Data from educational research
sources results in the use of some higher education terms; but a glossary
This site links to an on-line article
from New Mobility Magazine listing services available at public colleges
and universities in the top tier of the U.S. News and World Report rankings.
The information is taken from the responses sent to disability resource
offices at 50 public universities and colleges in the U.S; exceptional
programs or services are noted.
Education Access Resources)
This is a database with information about
more than 175 resources promoting college attendance for low income and
first generation college students.
This site, created by the Kaplan test
preparation company, has free and useful resources. There are practice
PSAT and SAT examinations and tips on taking the tests. Study helpers,
such as vocabulary building and logic brainteaser aid in preparation for
the tests. There is also information on MCAT and LCAT examinations.
Information on the admissions process and financial aid is available. The
college life simulator game raises awareness of balancing college living
issues that students experience on campus. The interactive college
admission interview has realistic questions and tips on answering them.
There is a well-conceived search engine for picking colleges. Career
and job search information is available. Information also is available
for parents. This site is fun and informative with lots of games,
puzzles, information, and suggestions.
On-line Information Service (MOLIS)
This site contains information on and
links to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). It
also includes information on financial aid, scholarships and grants.
The database can be searched by faculty and academic discipline.
Maintained by the Peterson’s Guide folks,
this site refers to itself as the most comprehensive educational resource
on the Web. It includes a college search engine and financial aid
information. It also includes information on test preparation.
On-line applications are accessible. Information is obtainable on
study abroad. Advice is provided on how to find a summer camp, program
This site links together several sites.
Admissions and scholarship information is accessible. Students have
a chat area to talk about their experiences with college and financial
aid issues. There are links by specific topical areas to six related
sites. Campus Tours offers virtual tours of client campuses.
College Web offers book and music reviews, commentary and essays.
Super College contains an on-line book on the admissions process and links
to other sites. FreSch is a free searchable scholarship database
and e-mail scholarship newsletter. Information is given here on avoiding
scams while searching for scholarships.
Students can take a practice SAT test
here. The site provides advice on the admissions process. It
also includes college rankings on academic and campus life issues.
News and World Report .EDU
The 1999 rankings are accessible here.
There is a search engine that can be used for matching students with community
and four-year colleges using several criteria. Also included are
“lite rankings”- hot and coldest campuses, largest
and smallest average class size, best marching band, and colleges without
football. The site has information on financial aid and a scholarship
search engine. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), especially “how
do I get started,” are helpful. Questions on admissions and financial
aid are answered on-line by admissions/financial aid experts. Information
is also available on college life. Life after college is a section
focused on careers and graduate schools. There is also a glossary
of terms used in the admissions process.
The site contains applications that can
be downloaded or can be submitted to client colleges on-line. Note:
Electronic application to all Massachusetts independent colleges and universities
will be forthcoming. The site has links to standardized testing companies
and test preparation courses. There are also links to career search
sites. Information on financial aid and scholarships is provided.
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Website Developed in December
1998 by Timothy S. Chace and Phyllis
Site last updated December