The following are links to a range of organizations and a list of books that provide valuable information supporting students’ educational goals and the college search process.
- College Board
- College Navigator– Department of Education college search engine
- UCAN (The University and College Accountability Network)– provides detailed information about many private colleges and universities and includes easy-to-access links to information on the college website
ACT & SAT Registration
Financial Aid & Loans
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA)
- CSS Profile
- FinAid– financial aid, college scholarships and student loans
- Mapping Your Future– financial strategies, career options and college planning
- Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority
College-Related Websites and Blogs:
- College Niche– college reviews by students
- Colleges That Change Lives
- Newslink– campus newspapers by state
- The Choice– a discontinued section of the New York Times with still valuable archives that demystify college admission and aid
- The Insider’s Guide to Everything College—support for college list research
- Unigo– college and university reviews and ratings by college students
- Youvisit—High quality college tour videos
Disability Resource Information:
- Educational Testing Service Disability Policies
- ERIC Searchable Database On Education
- PACER– Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights
- Wrights Law– special education law and advocacy
- The Fiske Guide for Colleges provides detail on all aspects of campus life, from academic offerings and distribution requirements to campus culture and descriptions of the surrounding community.
- The Princeton Review’s “The Best Colleges” series is useful for its admissions selectivity information and campus student surveys.
- Profiles of American Colleges and Best Buys in College Education from Barron’s has detailed profiles, reviews and surveys of colleges and universities in the US.
- Insider’s Guide to Colleges by the Yale Daily News gives a first-hand perspective with students on campus telling you what you really want to know about their schools.
- Colleges that Change Lives by Loren Pope offers overviews of small, liberal arts schools that will change the way you think about colleges.
- From High School To College: Steps for Success For Students with Disabilities by Elizabeth Hamblet is an indispensable resource for students with learning differences or disabilities–and their parents. It is not only a tool for thinking about where to apply to college, but also how to manage once on campus with practical tips and advice from college professionals.
- K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or AD/HD by Princeton Review provides a summary of the level of support and services offered by colleges along with admission procedures.
- Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need To Know About Getting Into College by Sally Springer, Jon Reider and Joyce Vining Morgan. This excellent book touches on most aspects of the admissions process and provides sound advice.
- The Parents We Mean to Be by Harvard’s Richard Weissbourd cautions that we are doing our children a disservice by driving them toward achievement at all costs. He touches on how the college admissions frenzy fits into this dynamic and does so with a helpful, non-judgmental tone.
- Letting Go: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years by Coburn and Treeger gives an overview of how college has changed since the parents of today’s teens were students and what college students are encountering on campus.
- You’re On Your Own (But I’m Here If You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years, by Marjorie Savage, the director of the parent-liaison program at the University of Minnesota, provides advice to parents about letting go and how to respect a child’s independence while still providing support.
- College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It by Kadison and Foy puts the issue in context and explains the range of reasons why students, even those without a previous diagnosis, might struggle when they arrive on campus.
- If you have ever wondered why the boy next door with the nearly A average in all honors /advanced placement classes and the close to perfect SAT scores didn’t get into the college of his choice, you might want to read The Price of Admission, How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges and Who Gets Left Outside the Gate by Daniel Golden, a former Wall St. Journal reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for his series of articles on which the book is based.