College Admissions - By Category
Choosing a College
Choosing the perfect college or university is all about finding a place where you feel like you belong. These links and articles are designed to help you make sense of a school's profile and find the college whose size, reputation, location and programs match your personality, skills, and interests.
As you try to narrow down your college choices, learn how schools compare to one another. Here you'll find rankings of the best colleges, state universities, and technical schools. Also, you'll find lists of interesting programs, bargain tuitions, beautiful campuses and more.
College Admissions Timeline
It's never too early to start planning for college. Learn goals for all of high school, and a month-by-month timeline for senior year. Make sure you know important deadlines for SATs, ACTs, and college applications. It's also important to know the significance of early decision, rolling admissions and waitlists.
The Art of Getting Accepted
To have the greatest chance of getting into your top choice schools, your college application needs to shine in several areas. Here you'll find information on grades, AP classes, letters of recommendation, interviews, extra curricular activities, and athletics.
College Admissions Essays: Samples, Critiques, and Writing Tips
Here you'll learn strategies for writing stellar college admissions essays, and you'll find critiques of sample essays.
Paying for College and Financial Aid
College is expensive. Learn how to save for college, fill out the FAFSA and apply for financial aid. Every student should know about college scholarships, grants, student loans, work study jobs and part time jobs.
Extracurricular activities are an important part of applications to selective colleges. Learn which activities will most impress the college admissions officers.
Transferring to a Different College
The application process for transferring is quite different than for regular admission. Here you'll find everything you need to know about switching schools.
Standardized Tests: PSAT, SAT, ACT, and TOEFL
For good or bad, standardized tests are an important part of the college admissions process. Not only do high scores improve your chance of getting into a good college, they can also lead to tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships.
Photo Tours of College Campuses
Visit a campus online by viewing these photos of the buildings and facilities.
International students face a few additional challenges when applying to colleges in the United States. These articles and websites can help guide you.
College Admissions Product Reviews
With hundreds of books and services trying to help you prepare for college and choose a school, how do you know which products are worth your money? Here you'll find reviews of college guidebooks, test prep books, and admissions counseling services.
College Life Q & A: What You Should Know Before the Big Move
College is not high school. Here you'll find answers to some common questions high school students have about college life.
Glossary of Key Admissions Terms
Guidance counselors, admissions officers, college websites, and college guidebooks use a specialized vocabulary. Here you'll find definitions for many of the important terms.