Internet Resources

Internet Resources

There’s a lot out there on the Internet, some of it good, quite a bit of it not. Here are some good resources for researching and applying.

Search Engines Tests Applying
Student Athletes Guides/Rankings International Universities
Financial Aid Life on Campus  

Search Engines
Collegedata – Requires you to set up a free log-in, but you can store search information and more.
College Net – A one-stop shop for searching and applying.
COOL - College Opportunities On-Line. A search engine from the National Center for Education Statistics.
Careers and Colleges - Search engine that offers tips on careers, colleges, and financial aid. Some school have paid to be featured.
CampusDirt - Database composed of current student and alumni opinions.

Tests
College Board – Info on the SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject Tests, the CSS Profile, college searches, and much more.
ACT – In addition to registering for the exam, you may conduct college searches.
Fairtest - This national non-profit works to ensure standardized testing is used properly. They also maintain a list of schools that do no require standardized tests for admission.

Applying
Common Application – Accepted by 300 colleges, this is a great option to simplify the process.
Pathways – The central server for those applying to the UC system.
CSU Mentor - The central server for those applying to California State schools.

Student Athletes
NCAA – The largest and most well-known collegiate athletic organization in the nation.
NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete – Essential reading for anyone considering playing sports in college. (in .pdf format)
NCAA Clearinghouse - The first step in playing college sports, student-athletes must register with the clearinghouse at the end of their junior year.
NAIA – Another collegiate athletic organization.

Guides/Rankings
Atlantic Monthly – The latest magazine to make a college rankings list; theirs is based primarily on selectivity.
Colleges That Change Lives - An organization focused on introducing great schools that may be lesser known. Great resources for parents too!
Kaplan – Search tools and information on their test prep courses.
Peterson’s – The publisher of well-known guidebooks offers a variety of tools for students.
The Princeton Review – Search tools and information on their prep courses and guidebooks.
US News & World Report – Articles, a search engine, and those notorious college rankings.

International Universities
Australia – Australearn – information for a variety of Australian and New Zealand schools.
Canada – Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada – a resource for all schools Canadian.
Japan – Association of International Education, Japan – information on a number of Japanese schools.
United Kingdom – British Council – a central clearinghouse for information on many UK schools.

Financial Aid
FAFSA – The free federal form required by almost all colleges. File online and save weeks in notification time.
Government PIN - You must obtain a government PIN to complete the FAFSA online.
CSS Profile – The College Board form utilized by many private colleges and universities.
Finaid – A broad overview of everything related to financial aid: loans, grants, etc.
Fastweb – A comprehensive search engine for scholarships of all types.
Nelnet – a college planning service with an emphasis on the financial aid aspects of college.
Sallie Mae – tips on managing student loans and financial aid in general. See also Wired Scholar.
Hawai'i Community Foundation – online portal for applying to scholarships for students from Hawaii.

Life on Campus
CampusTours – Virtual tours, searchable by state and college name.
CollegeProwler - A guidebook series targeted directly at students.
eCampus Tours – 360 degree IPIX tours of hundreds of college campuses.
Campus Security – Searchable database of federal safety statistics for thousands of colleges and universities.
Greek Pages – Searchable database of fraternities and sororities.