New Tools for the College Search

It is almost impossible to keep up with all the apps, books, search engines and websites about college. Here is a round up of some recent, noteworthy resources:

Utilizing your technology to research colleges is both smart and effective.

YouVisit Video Tours offers the highest quality walking campus video tours I have seen. I watched the one for Indiana University in Bloomington since I will be visiting campus in April and wanted a preview. It felt very similar to a live tour given by a student. While there are many tours live on the site, others are still being built, but many of those in preview still offer short videos and panoramic tours.

College Viewbooks on iPad. Colleges are beginning to offer their traditional viewbooks (another word for brochure) free on the iPad. Check out those for The University of Chicago and Salve Regina College, which are particularly well done.

Mobile Naviance. If your high school uses Naviance, then you might want to download the mobile version to your iPhone or iPod touch so you can research colleges on the go!

My College Calendar. This online calendar helps you organize the details of your college search with to-do lists for each year of high school (the to-do list for freshman and sophomore year looks like overkill to me), information for parents and flow charts and tip sheets on everything from essays to what to bring to college.

Khan Academy Tutorials. If you have never heard of Khan Academy, it is time to visit their site. They offer hundreds of free online tutorials and are perhaps best known for simplifying math instruction. They have recently partnered with the College Board to offer online SAT preparation. Start here to explore their SAT preparation resources.

Do you have favorite apps or websites for the college search? Please share your favorites with us.

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