College Planning Resources for College-Bound Teens

Here’s where you’ll find the key college-planning resources you need to master… for college choice college majors/minors financial aid issues college applications and everything else college-related!

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Critical college planning and college admissions articles and tutorials written especially for college-bound teens:

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Other College Planning Resources & Tools

ACT Inc. — the official site of one of the major college admission tests offering sample questions test-taking strategies and the ability to register for the test online. Also includes advice about choosing a college and applying for financial aid. Free.

Adventures in Education (AIE) — an interactive site that offers information and services to help finance an education select a college and plan a career. Sponsored by the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation.

All About College — a great collection of college-related links and resources including a comprehensive directory of college and university homepages from around the world testing resources financial aid resources research tools and a college chat area.

American School Search — where college-bound students can search more 7000 colleges with student body figures financial aid information degree program listings enrollment requirements loan information location details and a link to the school’s Website. You can search for college and universities by name state degree program. No cost. — a great resource for prospective college students involved in the college search process where students can find colleges and universities that match their criteria using a user-friendly search engine. Search criteria include programs offered state school type sports and college name. Includes more than 5400 U.S. colleges. Also includes other college-related resources. Free. — a comprehensive resource for students interested in receiving admissions and financial aid application forms from schools colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and the world — using just one application request. Includes both undergraduate and graduate schools. Also has a searchable database of colleges financial aid guides and scholarship searches. Free.

ApplyMate — a free Web app that helps students and job-seekers track school and job applications — a great tool for anyone juggling multiple applications and multiple due dates criteria and priorities. Unlike a static excel sheet the site provides users with suggested application fields to track email reminders and calendar syncing. No cost to users. — the purpose of the site is to offer another source of information to assist future students in selecting the business education program that best suits your needs and personality. Includes information about the best business schools financial aid application aid and more. Free to job-seekers.

CampusExplorer — an extremely cool tool for high school students planning to continue your education where you can search for schools by major location and degree (4-year colleges 2-year schools and vocational programs) and find detailed information about the school students costs admissions and academics. No cost. — a comprehensive career development site for college students with resources from helping you find a program of study to choosing a major and to finding employment after graduation. This site is basically a big collection of links for college students — in one useful location. Free to job-seekers.

CampusSplash — a network of Websites that contain news reviews and applications for college life dorm living and college admissions. Interesting resource for both high school and current college students. No cost to students.

CampusTours — a truly great resource for getting information about U.S. colleges. This site includes virtual campus tours college webcams and QuickTime VR tours movies and pictures. — where teens can view career descriptions choose a career find a school and get answers to financial aid career placement and career education questions. Free.

Careers & Colleges — the Website of a quarterly publication that deals with the key issues facing teens — full of college information and resources for those continuing your education — and lots of information about jobs and careers for those thinking about your job prospects. Also includes a chat area where you can talk with other teens.

CareerLaunch — from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America a very useful career and college site with resources and links to help teens with self-assessment summer opportunities college search career development and more. No cost. — a non-commercial site helping aspiring students make better more informed choices by providing you with relevant reliable and up-to-date information about college and higher education opportunities. Includes articles and tools for finding and choosing a college. No cost.

College Board Online — contains a great careers section dealing with helping you choose a career. Also includes information about colleges and financial aid.

The CollegeBound Network — an interactive guide to college life for aspiring college-bound students that offers teens insight and access to real people who can guide them through their college and career choices. Includes the College Bound Magazine as well as a host of other Websites including and Free. — a great resource of college search and admissions and financial aid resources for students and parents. Includes a large selection of articles and other resources designed to help make the college admissions process easy and accessible to everyone. Free.

CollegeData — created for college-bound high school students and your families this site helps you conduct a college search qualify for college admission find financial aid and apply for a student loan. No cost.

College Grazing — offers 13 interactive self-discovery surveys for college-bound students that provide immediate feedback to give your college planning focus and insight. Also includes a complete application essay writing guide and other tools and resources that you will need for a successful college search. No cost to students.

College Navigator — a great tool for college-bound students provinding a direct link to more than 9000 colleges and universities in the U.S. From the National Center for Education Statistics U.S. Department of Education. You can search based on location program or degree offerings. Free.

CollegeNet — provides an interesting search engine that helps college-bound students find their "ideal college." Searches for colleges can be narrowed by region sports programs majors tuition and several other factors. Also includes the "Mach25" financial aid search engine as well as "Applyweb" where you can submit your application to hundreds of colleges online.

College Planning — provides students and your families with information on college selection admission financial aid and scholarships. Includes sections for college planning for high school students elementary and middle school students and adults returning to college.

CollegeProwler — where college-bound students can find insider comments and reviews of colleges and universities across the U.S. — with comments written by actual college students and recent grads. Company’s aim is to be most accurate complete and honest resource on colleges and universities across the United States. Parts of sites are free; guidebooks fee-based.

CollegeQuest — free membership offers you in-depth profiles of every undergraduate institution accredited in the U.S.; specially designed tools to help you manage the college admissions and financial aid process; the ability to apply online; Peterson’s database of more than 800000 scholarships and awards; and much more.

CollegeSource — Quickly find the schools that match your requirements — for free. You can search by tuition enrollment affiliation major programs of study and other criteria. Includes free information about more than 10000 colleges and universities including links to the schools’ Websites and college catalogs. Also includes a subscription fee-based service that features more 10000 college catalogs in complete cover-to-cover original page format — for 2-year 4-year graduate and professional colleges and universities.

College Sports Scholarships — College athletic recruiting information from a father-son team that navigated the system. The site has various articles and tool related to how to contact college coaches and apply for a sports scholarship. — allows visitors to research find and request information from more than 900 educational institutions and 3500 campuses offering thousands of degree and certificate programs. Also includes a nice collection of articles related to college and career. No cost.

College Toolkit — dedicated to helping college-bound students find and apply for scholarships and learn about the college admissions process. Students can search through a database of more than 4000 colleges and explore 900 careers. It is one of the most comprehensive sites for life after high school. No cost to students.

CollegeView College Search — a free online college search service with profiles of more than 3500 colleges and universities virtual tours electronic applications financial aid information career planning tools and more. Great career exploration resources.

CollegeWeekLive — helps college-bound high-school students with your college search. You can use the site to live chat with admissions representatives and students from hundreds of U.S. universities and to watch presentations from education experts on topics such as mastering the SATs/ACTs writing a standout college essay choosing a college and more. No cost to students.

Cyber Guidance Office — a virtual high school guidance office created by Bob Turba Chairman of Guidance Services at Stanton College Preparatory School. This is simply a wonderful collection of links and resources for high school students and their families focusing on colleges scholarship and financial aid and career information.

EdRef — a directory of more than 7000 U.S. colleges and trade schools where you can find schools by name by size of minority population and by athletic scholarships. Information includes admissions requirements tuition expenses and more. No cost.

Education Planner — a one-stop college planning site that offers three main types of resources. First a section on planning for college (and a career). Second choosing a college (including selecting applying and deciding which to attend). Third paying for college. From American Education Services (AES). Free.

EDUFAX — provides a wide collection of information resources and links (as well as fee-based individual consulting) for college-bound students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

EssayEdge — with more than 100 free sample college and graduate school application essays and pages and pages of essay writing tips this site is the Net’s largest resource for admissions essay consulting and editing. EssayEdge’s professional Harvard-educated editors have helped thousands of satisfied customers gain entrance into their first choice school.

Get Recruited — which allows all students to be recruited (for free) by colleges universities graduate schools and professional schools. Students simply need to complete a brief online questionnaire which is then sent to colleges and universities around the U.S. Schools that determine matches with you will then contact you via email or postal mail with more information. Free.

hotcoursesUSA — provides a wealth of information for students who are looking for colleges or graduate programs in the U.S. You can compare your choice of colleges as well as read independent students reviews. The site’s mission is to produce guides that make it easy for people to find the right school college or university. No cost.

Jackson Vocational Interest Survey (JVIS) — based on years of research the JVIS accurately measures your interests showing how they relate to the worlds of college study and work and mapping out your route to an interesting career. A great tool for teens searching for career direction.

Mapping Your Future — information designed to help you plan your career select a school and pay for your education. From the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation.

MatchCollege — provides information on more than 6000 technical certification programs vocational schools junior/community colleges and 4-year universities — public and private. Information includes things like majors housing financial aid admissions athletics and more. No cost. — a really interesting college-planning site for college-bound students. By signing-up for a no-cost account you can keep track of your college applications and compare your stats to those of other college applicants. It’s also a great resource for discovering new colleges that match your qualifications that you didn’t know about. No cost to students.

My College Guide — where college-bound students can search for colleges that meet your criteria (such as location cost freshman class size school type) — or browse the alphabetical listings get critical advice from the Admissions Guru read interesting articles about college life and more. Free to students. — a college search and college admissions site that includes a vast library of free articles related to the college admissions process as well as an "ask the counselor" feature where students and parents can submit questions. Also sell their "Inside Admissions" reports for a select group of colleges. — a nice tool for high school and college students trying to identify potential college majors. This site asks you about your interests and experiences analyzes the information and then suggests six college majors for you to think about. While this tool should not be your only source of deciding on a major it’s a neat tool that can help jump-start your planning process. Free.

My Future — for job-seekers resume and cover letter advice as well as advice about other career possibilities. For current college students advice on funding your college education.

NextStepU Magazine — a complete source of information for teens! Great original articles and information as well as links to key issues related to teens including (but not limited to) college preparation and profiles college matching and paying for college.

Noodle — an amazing education (and continuing education) portal that claims it is the first and only life-long education related search company in the world providing extensive data on more than 150000 schools and hundreds of thousands of education providers. By answering a few questions you get the school tutor or educational opportunity that best suit your interests budget location and general preferences. No cost to users.

Peterson’s Education & Career Center — an excellent collection of resources for college students and grads including resources on: graduate study careers and jobs summer programs studying abroad financing an education and much more.

Preparing Your Child for College — a detailed resource book available online (and in downloadable form) that covers the basics: general questions about college preparing for college choosing a college financing a college education and more. (See also "Getting Ready for College Early.")

Private Colleges & Universities — both a magazine and a Website its mission is to provide college-bound students with helpful information about the college admissions process. Includes some great articles about common situations college-bound students face including boosting test scores choosing colleges finding financial aid and much more. A great resource for high school students. — a career and college prep resource that helps students to explore various career paths (about 1000) and research almost 2000 4-year colleges (by name location field of study certificate program size cost and more). A very content-rich site.

The Student Center — a place for teens that is designed for teens by teens. Includes TeenNet Magazine — an online magazine written and published by teens "Cool Chat" — a place for teens to chat and "Ystar" — an email discussion list for active youth under age 26.

StudentEdge — a tool from Peterson’s (a leader in educational resources) providing college and career planning resources for college-bound high-school students. Students can search for colleges find scholarship money get help in preparing for college entrance exams and explore career interests. Registration is required to use services. No cost to students.

StudentMentor — a great non-profit organization that matches college and graduate students seeking career or academic advice with volunteer mentors nationwide. Mentors are working professionals retirees and older students across every industry and profession. Excellent networking opportunity. No cost to students. — a great site for students seeking information about undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities where you can read the uncensored reviews of current students and alumni (about 20000 in total) of about 4500 institutions. Also includes other us eful college-bound resources and information. Free. — a comprehensive online directory of study abroad and international education. Includes college undergraduate semester year-long and summer programs intensive language and experiential programs plus high school and graduate study abroad.

Study Programs International (SPI) — offers foreign language immersion programs for high school students in San Sebastian Santander Tarrogona and Costa Rica. Students are enrolled in a university or accredited language school and earn college credit by attending classes. SPI programs also help prepare students to perform well on the AP/IB Spanish exams.

Vocational Schools Guide — an emerging guide for students who are considering attending a vocational school trade school or community college in the U.S. or Canada. Students can search for programs by state or by degree program. Free to students.

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