College Resources

Web Resources

The internet provides a wealth of information which will aid you in the college search and admissions process. The following are just a few of the sites that provide information on individual colleges, financial aid, college entrance testing and test prep, athletics, career interest inventories and summer programs. You are encouraged to browse a variety of web sites! The internet is a wonderful resource to use to complement written materials available from colleges and in guide books.

College Search And Information Sites

Every college has its own web site; you can access most sites by typing in the name of the college.edu (EX: /academics/college-counseling/resources-links/www.davidson.edu) These sites will offer information about admissions policies, curriculum, visitation policies, tour times, athletic schedules and coaches’ email addresses, etc.

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

http://www.campustours.com/

http://www.petersons.com/

http://www.commonapp.org/ (Common Application on-line)

http://www.edonline.com/cq/hbcu/alphabet.htm (Historically Black Colleges)

http://www.nacac.com/ (National Association of College Admissions Counseling)

Standardized Testing

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/index (online SAT registration information)

http://www.act.org/ (online ACT registration information)

https://www.applerouth.com/

http://www.review.com/ (Princeton Review site)

http://www.kaplan.com/

Military

http://www.sss.gov/ (Selective Service Registration, must be an 18 year-old male)

http://www.usma.edu/ (United States Military Academy at West Point)

http://www.usafa.af.mil/ (United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs)

http://www.usna.edu/ (United States Naval Academy in Annapolis)

http://www.cga.edu/ (United States Coast Guard Academy)

http://www.armyrotc.com/ (Army ROTC)

http://www.rotc.com/us_navy/ (Navy ROTC)

http://www.afrotc.com/ (Air Force ROTC)

College Athletics

http://www.ncaa.org/ (for college-bound athletes; Clearinghouse Registration)

http://www.naia.org/ (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

Scholarship And Financial Aid

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ (FAFSA online)

http://www.finaid.org/(good info on financial aid, scholarships and scams!)

http://www.fastweb.com/ (GREAT scholarship search site!)

http://www.fastaid.com/ (scholarship search service)

* Many scholarship applications are kept on file in the College Counseling Center

Career Information

careerpathsonline.com (Career Paths Online)

career.missouri.edu (Career Interest Game)

http://www.careerkey.org/ (Career Key)

http://www.careermag.com/ (Career Magazine)

http://www.keirsey.com/ (Keirsey Temperment Sorter — matches your temperament to a career)

http://www.bls.gov/oco (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Other Interesting Sites - Summer, Study Abroad, Gap Year

http://www.interimprograms.com/ (Advice about the interim or "gap" year)

http://www.outwardbound.org/ (Outward Bound)

http://www.earthwatch.org/

http://www.afs.org/ (AFS — American Field Service)

http://www.habitat.org/ (Habitat for Humanity)

http://www.peacecorps.org/ (Peace Corps)

http://www.nols.edu/ (NOLS — National Outdoor Leadership School)

http://www.studyabroad.com/ (Study Abroad!)

http://www.thesca.org/ (The Student Conservation Association)

http://www.petersons.com/ (Click on summer program information)

College Guidebooks

There are many college guidebooks available to help you navigate the college search and admissions process. These guidebooks can be found in major bookstores and online at amazon.com and other sites. This list is just a sampling of some of the hundreds of publications available.

Guidebooks can be divided into several major categories: comprehensive, subjective, subject-specific and books about the college admissions process.

Comprehensive Guidebooks

Completely objective and consist mainly of the facts and statistics about colleges; tend to be enormous (sometimes 3–5 inches thick, or more!); little in these books to give you the “feel” of a college, but can offer reasonably accurate information. I DO NOT ENCOURAGE YOU TO PURCHASE THESE BOOKS — most are available in your school's guidance / resource center.

Peterson’s Guide to American Colleges

Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges

Cass & Birnbaum's Guide to American Colleges

Lovejoy’s College Guide

Princeton Review Big Book of Colleges

Subjective Guidebooks

Written to give a “feel” for the colleges; offer opinions about what is good and not-so-good about individual colleges, and rate quality of academic and social opportunities, and quality of life; these opinions can be helpful and interesting, but they are opinions of the writers and not fact. I DO ENCOURAGE YOU TO PURCHASE A COUPLE OF THESE GUIDEBOOKS to use at home and as you visit colleges.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges

Insider’s Guide to the Colleges

Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges

Colleges That Change Lives

The Public Ivys

Subject-Specific Guidebooks

These guidebooks are written for students with specific backgrounds, interests or concerns; they offer factual and subjective information from an ethnic, multicultural or academic-specific perspective; some guidebooks include all colleges that fall into a specific category, while others require colleges to pay to be included and are not as comprehensive.

AFI Guide to College Courses in Film and Television

Performing Art’s Student’s Guide to Colleges

Guide to Programs in Visual and Performing Arts

Guide to American Art Schools

The Engineering Career Guide

Architecture Schools Guidebook

Consider a Christian College

Student’s guide to Catholic Colleges and Universities

The Jewish Student’s Guide to American Colleges

Guide to Jewish Life on Campus

America’s Black and Tribal Colleges

The Black Student’s Guide to Colleges

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fact Book

Multicultural Student’s Guide to Colleges

Complete Guide to Canadian Universities

Making a Difference College Guide

Campus Opportunities for Students with Learning Disabilities

College Guide for Students with Learning Disabilities

The FCLD Learning Disabilities Resource Guide

Lovejoy’s College Guide for the Learning Disabled

Peterson's Guide to Colleges with Programs for Learning Disabled Students

The K & W Guide to Colleges for the Learning Disabled

College Admissions Index of Majors and Sports

Sports Scholarships and College Athletic Programs

The Winning Edge: The Student-Athlete’s Guide to College Sports

Callahan’s Guide to Athletics and Academics in America

Going The Distance (formerly The Athlete’s Game Plan)

The Directory of Athletic Scholarships

Books About The College Process

“How to get into college” advice, rather than specific information about colleges; useful as you navigate the process, with tips on college visits, interviewing, preparing applications, writing essays, etc.

Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting Into College, Sally P. Springer, Jon Reider, Marion R. Franck

The Fiske Guide to Getting Into the Right College, Edward B. Fiske

How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims

Looking Beyond the Ivy League, Loren Pope

Playing the Selective College Admissions Game, Richard Moll

Questions and Admissions: 100,000 Decisions at Stanford, Jean Fetter

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, Frank Bruni

50 College Admissions Director Speak to Parents, MacGowan and McGinty

College Counseling Department


KAREN KIMBERLY
Director of College Counseling
843.402.4702
kkimberly@portergaud.edu

GINA HUBBARD
Assistant Director of College Counseling
843.402.4758
ghubbard@portergaud.edu

KARMON WRIGHT
College Counseling Associate
843.402.4805
kwright@portergaud.edu
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