External Links

College Application Timeline

The College Board now allows you to make a plan or road map to tackle college admissions effectively. Sign up through college board to track your progress!

USnews.com also has a great To-Do list for your college search and application process which begins in freshman year and guides you through to graduation!

College Search

The College Board has a tool to help students search for colleges that will fit them best. You can filter your search using various categories like location, major, selectivity, etc.

Here is a database created by the U.S. Department of Education. Just fill out the search options and this College Navigator will help you find all of the information you could possibly need on a college.

Here is another college search engine from College View.

You can find a guide to online degree programs at Online Colleges.  This website also provides a list of scholarships by state and a useful college writing guide.

Resources for Athletes

Athletes have a slightly different approach to the college application process than the typical student. If you don’t know where to start, the NCAA’s website is great place to begin! Click the link below and check out the “Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete”.
NCAA Future Student Athletes

Hoping to get recruited? Register through NCAA here!

The Common Application

Many schools in the United States accept a general application known as the Common Application or Common App. The Common App website has great resources under “Application Resources” as well. Here is a current list of those schools that use the Common Application for their college admissions process.

Application Process

The National Association for College Admission Counseling’s Website has a great breakdown of the Application process and can be a great resource.

Essay Writing

Strong essay writing can make or break your application especially in highly competitive schools. Do not write your essays last minute and visit these websites for additional help and tips.

The College Board provides tips on how to write effective essays.

The Daily Beast documents the seven most important rules of writing college essays and provides examples of each one.
How to Write a Winning Ivy League Essay

Essay Edge provides some more tips here

Advice from the creators of the Bedford Handbook on how to Become a Better Writer.

EssayPoint from the United Kingdom provides a resource for international students: “Writing Problems Faced by International Students”

Financial Aid

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has student and parent resources

The Department of Education has a great resource at their website studentaid.gov

Go to the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to complete the financial aid information form here. Filing the FASFA application is free.
Note: Don’t mistaken it for http://www.fafsa.COM/, a company that helps students file FASFA for money.

Some colleges require a separate tax documentation process. Double check if you’re applying to one of these colleges. Complete the CSS/Financial Aid profile here.


Students can get loans through credit-based funds from private lenders such as Charter One, Chase Student Loans, Citi Student Loans, etc. A more comprehensive list of lenders is available here.

Interviews and Career Resources

If you need to participate in a college interview during your college admissions process, check out these useful tips here
If you are unsure of what you want to pursue later in life, struggling with figuring out your potential major, or just plain undecided, click here