Recommended Web resources:
- Collegeboard - Use the college search application to research campuses using your preferred criteria.
- Naviance - if your high school offers this online service.
- The Princeton Review - Use its search application (through "Admissions link at top) to research campuses using your profile from answers to a set of questions. Access college profile information equivalent to the "The Best ### Colleges" guidebook described below. You can also search colleges by majors.
- College Scorecard - Where families can learn individual campus statistics: graduation rates and salary after attending and how each compares nationally, as well as financial aid statistics: typical total debt, typical monthly loan payment, and percentage of students who pay debt down compared to national average.
- College Navigator - By the National Center for Educational Statistics, the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States. Excellent college search and comparison tools.
- CSU Mentor - Best resource for researching all CSU campuses
- University of California - Admission information for all UC campuses
- CaliforniaColleges.edu - Research ALL California 2 & 4 year colleges, excellent locator map and CSU campus information
- Fairtest - List of test optional colleges: schools that do not use SAT or ACT in admissions
- Niche - college reviews by students. We love their "best of" and "worst of" for campuses to help students make informed decisions.
- College Results Online - information on college graduation rates for nearly any 4-year college or university; see how grad rates have changed over time and compare graduation rates of similar colleges serving similar students. Use the "Advanced Search" to compare graduation rates for a group of colleges that you select based on specific student and institutional characteristics.
- CollegeWeek Live is an excellent resource for an online college fair and discussions with admission reps. Also offers video webcasts about student life at various college campuses.
- We recommend avoiding College Confidential as there is much mis-information posted.
recommended College Guidebooks:
These are excellent resources for non-biased campus information, but you don’t necessarily have to purchase them. Just plop yourself down on the floor of a good bookstore in the college section and read up!
- Fiske Guide To Colleges (by Edward B Fiske)
- The Best ### Colleges (by The Princeton Review)
Or save money by using their website at www.princetonreview.com
- The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges (Yale Daily News)
- Colleges that Change Lives: 40 Colleges That Will Change The Way You Think About College, (by Loren Pope) (CTCL website link)
- Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers
(by Elaina Loveland)
- The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADD/ADHD
(by Marybeth Kravets, MA, and Imy F. Wax, MS for The Princeton Review)