Recommended References Before College
Here is a list of recommended college references, and useful websites, that will shed light on your college and career search. These are a few small steps that will have big effects on your next level of education.
Books for College Research
The Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward Fiske
The Insider’s Guide to Colleges by Yale Daily News Staff
The College Handbook by the College Board
Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges by Loren Pope
Counseling Recommended Books
College Admissions by Robin Mamlet and Christine Vandevelde
I’m Going to College—Not You! by Jennifer Delahunty
Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond by Marilee Jones
College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy by Lloyd Thacker
College and IB
Web Based Resources
College And Careers
- Naviance Family Connection: College research and tracking. Requires login information from the school.
- CollegeView: Research colleges, majors and financial aid.
- College Board: An organization that connects students to colleges and opportunities. Register online for the SAT.
- CollegeNET: A guide to more than 4,600 schools.
- U.S. News & World Report: Best college rankings in U.S. News and World Report, with admissions information.
- Historically Black Colleges & Universities
- Virtual Campus Tours: A source for college campus tours.
- Go See College: A college trip planner.
- The Common Application: A common application form for over 300 colleges.
- TOPS: Information on Louisiana’s Tuition Opportunity Program for Students
- Financial Aid Guide: U.S. Dept. of Education resources on financial aid
- College Scholarships and Financial Aid Page: Easy access to information on colleges, scholarships and SAT and ACT test preparation.
- FastWeb: A database of more than 180,000 scholarships, grants, fellowships, and loans.
- The FAFSA Express: Download a free financial aid application.
- CSS Profile On-Line: The form many private colleges require, in addition to the FAFSA, for those applying for financial aid.
- College Answer: A database for scholarship searches and information concerning financial aid.
- The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid: A database for resources to explain your financial aid package and help students calculate final cost of attendance.
- Black Excel: The College Help Network: A scholarship service for African-Americans
- Scholarship Scam Page: Federal Trade Commission info about scholarship scams
- Sallie Mae Financial Aid Information: A multi-purpose lending service which helps students secure loans. The CASHE scholarship search can be accessed through this site.
- Scholarships and Financial Aid for Minorities
- Student Financial Aid Search Engine: Find & Apply for Financial Aid to Pay for College
- Scholarships to Help International Students Afford U.S. Colleges
- “No Essay” College Scholarship
- United Negro College Fund Scholarships
- Scholarship America Scholarships – https://scholarshipamerica.org/what-we-do/students-parents/open-scholarships/
- NCAA Online: Information about playing sports at the NCAA Division I, II, or III college level.
- ACT Home Page: FAQs about ACT; strategies & sample questions.
- College Board SAT Test Center: SAT preparation and practical questions.