What if I just want a quick few resources to use to get myself started?

The following are just a few of the many tried and true online sources of information, examples of some of the types of information available. Of course, there are many more resources online and in print, blogs and books, and in other forms – visits to campuses, conversations with admission officers, faculty and coaches, college fairs. Parents, and students alike, may want to do some advance reading. Some of the books I typically recommend include: “The Gatekeepers”, by Jacques Steinberg, “Looking Beyond the Ivy League” and “Colleges that Change Lives, both by Lauren Pope, and various others to help you get the big picture about the vast array of options ahead and how the admission and recruiting processes work. Whatever the resource, the best approach is to make a plan in advance, and work through the process step by step, starting in the early senior school years.

When I am working with a client through the process, I provide them with a detailed list of resources and guidelines for how and when to use each resource.

Web Link Description
Letter of Intent Program Explains the process and rules of the National Letter of Intent program
NAIA’s NAIA’s website, an association of smaller colleges with significant scholarship opportunities
NCAA NCAA’s eligibility and recruiting rules, athletic conferences, college contacts etc
College Search
Web Link Description
Campus Tours ( US ) take a virtual campus tour, see campus maps and map details
College View ( US ) virtual campus tour, see campus maps and map details
Higher education in the UK Applying and meeting requirements for university programs, including Cambridge, Oxford and [accelerated/direct entry] Medical/Dental programs
School Finder ( Canada ) guide to schools, scholarships and careers
Web Link Description
College Admission Counseling click on “Fairs” to get a schedule and locations of US college and university fairs
One Student at a Time Colleges That Change Lives, a group of colleges selected by Lauren Pope
Financial Aid
Web Link Description
database of scholarships large database of scholarships available to students studying from/to various countries all over the world
free scholarship search (Canada) comprehensive scholarship Web site; free scholarship search
scholarship matching (US) most comprehensive information, links to a free scholarship matching program, free calculator for estimated family contribution (EFC) and is Highly-praised site
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Canadian Rankings Education Rankings Canada
US College Rankings U.S. News and World Report rankings
World University Rankings Times Higher Education Supplement, focuses on research universities vs. colleges
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ACT Registration Official site for the ACT, registration
College Board College Board’s comprehensive site for SAT registration, schedule, practice questions, etc
Princeton Review SAT/ACT Test Preparation