Resources

Covid – 19 updates
 
College Search
  • Georgia Futures – Replaces the previous GeorgiaCollege411 site. Used by Georgia Schools to help students and families prepare for college, see your GPA as calculated by the state, and explain programs such as HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships

  • The College Board – College search engine that allows students to narrow down their search from a database of over 3800 colleges and universities

  • College Prowler – Offers over 450,000 student reviews of over 7,000 schools.

  • Campus Reel – On-line collection of over 10,000 student made videos.  Help students explore campuses and hear what students have to say.

  • Campus Tours – Virtual college tours and interactive college maps for thousands of colleges

  • U.S. News and World Report – Tool allows you to compare schools in different categories (be careful not to get too caught up in rankings as a higher ranked schools may not be a ‘better fit’ for you)

  • Unigo – A guide to college admissions where current college students provide you with an insider’s view of their school using written reviews and videos

 
Standardized Testing
  • The College Board – The official site for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests and AP Exams. Register and preparation for standardized tests. Obtain and send score reports to specified colleges and universities

  • ACTstudent – The official site for the ACT exam includes test dates, registration information score reports and test preparation materials.

  • Fair Test – Contains a list of nearly 850 four-year colleges and universities that do not require eht SAT of the ACT for admission

  • Khan Academy – Free video library covering over 3,000 educational topics including every math problem in the College Board’s “Official SAT Study Guide”

 
Application Process
  • Common Application – Over 450 colleges and universities use this application process to streamline applications and ease the process for students. One main essay can be used for all schools on the Common App

  • Universal College Application – Over 40 colleges and universities use this application process that consolidates student information

  • Coalition for College Access – Application processed first available to 2017 graduates used by almost 100 colleges and universities. Features a virtual locker that allows students to gather information throughout high school that may be useful during the admissions process

 
Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – Official Department of Education website that allows financial form to be completed for federal need-based aid

  • College Scholarship Service (CSS Profile) – Many of the member colleges, universities and scholarship programs use the information collected on PROFILE in addition to the FAFSA to help them award student aid funds

  • Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid – Provides comprehensive financial aid information

  • Fast Web – Scholarship search tool that matches students to relevant scholarship opportunities

  • Cappex – Provides information and statistics on most schools including institutional specific scholarships available

  • Federal Stafford Loan Program – Provides information on subsidized and unsibsidized loans offered by the federal government to qualifying families

 
Career Exploration and Transition
  • Job Hero – Resource guide that offers descriptions on many occupations and sample resume and cover letters by industry. Also provides a job search tool

  • MyMajors – Create a customized profile that helps to identify appropriate majors to consider for future career interests

  • O*Net – An interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. Provides Career Exploration tools for adults and students looking to identify appropriate majors or vocations

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook – A source for specific jobs from A-Z that highlights starting and mid-career salaries, typical educational background, typical day in this field, etc.

  • How to Write a Resume – Information and resources on how to build and write a resume (shout out to the California Girl Scout troop earning their Portfolio Badge!)

 
Athletes
  • NCAA Eligibility Center – Official website that provides high school student athletes with all of the tools and information they need in order to begin their college exploration

  • NAIA Eligibility Center – Provides high school student athletes with all of the information they need to play college athletics at an NAIA school

 
Gap Year
Books
  • The Fiske Guide to College – One of the most trusted sources of information for college bound students and their parents, The Fiske Guide provides straightforward, unbiased reviews of over 300 colleges and universities

  • Colleges that Change Lives – The author, Loren Pope, has identified 40 small, liberal arts colleges that are well-known for their outstanding teaching and dedication to undergraduate education.

  • The Real ACT Prep Guide – The official ACT guide published by the maker of the test

  • The Official SAT Study Guide – The official SAT guide published by the College Board

  • I’m Off to College, Now What? – written by Cindy Laubenstein.  A guide to help high school students make a successful transition to college life.

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