College Research & Planning
Family Connection should be the first stop for college planning!
COLLEGE RESEARCH & PLANNING
- College Navigator http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
- Contains detailed information to help students compare information - from retention rates, financial aid, demographics, and admissions data. Students can search by school name, program, location and institution size/type.
- College Scorecard https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/
- Allows students to search for schools by region, type, degree, and public/private affiliation. Contains data on graduation rate, salary after attending, cost, financial aid, popular programs, etc.
- College Board's Big Future https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/
- Information on preparing, finding, and paying for college. Includes a personalized search for majors and colleges.
- Unigo https://www.unigo.com/
- Do a personalized math and search for colleges, as well as scholarships.
- Cappex https://www.cappex.com/colleges
- Search colleges, majors, and scholarships.
- Niche https://colleges.niche.com
- Read what students say about colleges.
- Peterson’s http://www.petersons.com/
- Education planning, including college search and information, test prep help, scholarship search, and financial aid information.
- Adventures in Education TG http://www.aie.org/
- Research and plan for college and careers; find scholarships, etc.
- CollegeWeekLive www.collegeweeklive.com
- Online college fair.
- Matchcollege http://www.MatchCollege.com
- A free college search and information site, providing information on admissions, financial aid, tuition, and various majors and career options
- FairTest www.fairtest.org
- The National Center for Fair & Open Testing provides lists of colleges that are test optional.
- State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) www.schev.edu
- Information on higher education,in Virginia. Search: The Academic Common Market - In-State Tuition for Select Out-of-State Programs.
- National Association of College Admissions Counselors www.nacacnet.org
- Information on college and other post-secondary options; provides links to get you started on colleges, financial aid, etc.
PLANNING TO PLAY SPORTS IN COLLEGE?
- National Collegiate Athletic Association http://www.ncaa.org/
- Qualifiers to play collegiate sports, rules, and eligibility, and educational outreach.
RESOURCES FOR DACA OR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS
- The Dream Project empowers students in Northern Virginia whose immigration status creates barriers to education through mentoring and scholarships. http://www.dreamproject-va.org/
- Mason Dreamers is a foundation at George Mason dedicated to supporting undocumented students through education and advocacy. Website includes resources and scholarships for students (regardless of whether attending GMU) http://www.masondreamers.org/
- The Dream partners with colleges to provide scholarships to highly qualified undocumented students who dream of attending college. http://www.thedream.us/scholarships/
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute offers training, mentorship, programs, and scholarships for Latino students. http://chci.org/
- College Greenlight offers information on college research, scholarships and more. Here is a blog for undocumented students.
HOW TO STAND OUT... SHARE WHO YOU ARE!
ZeeMee is an online resume/profile you can share with colleges! You can even add it onto your Common App! Check it out- this is a great way to SHOW who you are.