Student Resources for Applying and Researching Colleges
ACT - www.act.org
Provides free information and resources to support all tests and products produced by ACT, as well as great college info. Offers resources for educators, parents, and students. Some ACT products are also available
America’s Career Info Net - www.careeronestop.org
Find free wage and employment trends, occupational requirements, state-by-state labor market conditions,
millions of employer contacts nationwide, and the most extensive career resource library online.
Campus Explorer - www.campusexplorer.com
A free college search engine with over 8,000 colleges in their database. Provides detailed information on
colleges and has easy to use tools to match your profile to a college.
Campus Tours - www.CampusTours.com
Free virtual tours of hundreds of colleges and universities.
College Board Online - www.collegeboard.com
The College Board website provides free information on all tests and products produced by the College Board,
as well as great college information. The College Board also offers some products and services for a fee
College Navigator - www.nces.ed.gov
The college selection search tool helps find any school in the country, provides basic information about the
school, and links to the school’s website.
College Outreach USA - www.collegeoutreachusa.org
A consortium of colleges and universities dedicated to supporting students who are minorities, from the inner-city
and/or from a low-income family to stay in high school and graduate from college. They provide free
information and the opportunity for students to make a personal connection with the colleges and universities
in the consortium.
College Results - www.collegeresults.org
College Results Online (CRO) is an interactive, user-friendly web tool designed to provide policymakers,
counselors, parents, students, and others with information about college graduation rates for nearly any four year
college or university in the country.
College View - www.collegeview.com
Free career, college, and financial aid information, as well as virtual college tours. Students can also input
information to see which of over 3 million scholarships they may qualify for.
College Week Live - www.collegeweeklive.com
Free website designed to connect students to colleges/universities in an interactive way. Students can visit
virtual college fairs and gather information on admission, financial aid, housing, etc., by chatting live with
admission counselors and university students.
CollegeNET College Search - www.cnsearch.collegenet.com
CollegeNET offers a general guide to colleges and universities. You can search for schools by geography,
tuition, enrollment, and more
FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov
Free Application for Federal Student Aid; this is the site to apply for financial aid online.
Fastweb - www.fastweb.com
Free scholarship and college resources to assist students and parents with all aspects of applying to college.
Fastweb utilizes matching technology to give students a list of possible scholarships they may qualify for based
on their profiles
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) - www.hacu.net
HACU represents more than 300 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in
the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, and Spain.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) - www.hbcuconnect.com
The website for the 100+ historically black colleges and universities sorted by state, size, tuition, conference
Kaplan - www.kaplan.com
Test prep and college comparison information. Offers some free information and fee-based resources.
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) - www.ncaa.org
The NCAA website provides important information for the student-athlete and educators about
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) - www.nsse.iub.edu
The National Survey of Student Engagement College Student Report gathers information about students’
college experiences, including their views about the quality of their education and ways they spend their time,
directly from students via survey
Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) - www.ope.ed.gov/security
The OPE Campus Security Statistics website lists reported criminal offenses for more than 6,000 colleges and
universities in the United States.
Peterson’s - www.petersons.com
Free information about colleges and universities, career schools, graduate programs, distance learning,
executive training, private secondary schools, summer opportunities, study abroad, financial aid, test
preparation, and career exploration.
Princeton Review - www.princetonreview.com
Offers some free and fee-based information on colleges and universities, careers, and test preparation.
SallieMae College Answer - /www.salliemae.com/college-planning
Free information on preparing for college and paying for college.
Schools in the USA - www.SchoolsintheUSA.com
Students can use this site to research schools, review admission requirements, and request
application materials from multiple universities by completing one form. Site also provides direct links
to university websites
The Career Key - www.careerkey.org
Based on John Holland’s theory of vocational choices. For a fee, students can take tests that help them find
the right career path and learn about jobs that fit their personality types
U.S. News Education - www.usnews.com
A resource for the college application process, covering school selection, financial aid, test prep, admissions,
applications, campus visits, and tuition.