Applying to College is much easier with resources at your fingertips! To help with the college application process, we have begun to compile time-saving links and additional sources that we use and find helpful to our clients. Please review at your leisure. If you should find a link that does not work, or a resource you would like us to add, please Let Us Know!
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Applying to College the Admission Process
Admission Matters, by Sally Springer, Jon Reider and Joyce Vining Morgan (3rd Ed., 2013). This book is good for students to read when starting the process.
College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step, by Robin Mamlet and Christine Vandevelde (2011) This book is very comprehensive, and meant for both students and parents. I think it works better for parents, as most students will find it a bit daunting.
Research Resources for Those Applying to College
The Best 378 Colleges, 2014 Edition, by Princeton Review
The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014, by Edward Fiske
College Board Website: http://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/?navid=gh-cp
College Data: http://www.collegedata.com/
Financial Aid Resources
The College Solution, by Lynn O’Shaughnessy (2nd Ed., 2012) Lynn also has a great blog at http://www.thecollegesolution.com/ which I highly recommend.
The federal government website with all the most up to date information about the FAFSA and government student aid in general can be found here: http://studentaid.ed.gov/
The new federal student financial aid tool kit can be found here: http://financialaidtoolkit.ed.gov/tk/
http://www.finaid.org/ is a great site for scholarship searches and other financial aid data.
Resources for SAT and ACT Testing when Applying to College
The College Board does both the SAT (http://sat.collegeboard.org/home?navid=sat-sat) and the AP tests (http://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap?navid=sat-aps) although AP registration is through the school. ACT info can be found here: http://www.actstudent.org/
To compare ACT to SAT scores, go here: http://convertyourscore.org/
Information about test optional schools can be found here: http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional
For a fun, informative read about the SAT, see The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT, by Debbie Stier.
For test prep, see http://blog.pwnthesat.com/