College Resources

Knowing where to start when researching colleges and universities can often seem overwhelming. We encourage you to browse a variety of resources in your college search, including those listed on this page. As always, we are here to support you during this journey. Please contact us in the College Counseling Office if we can be of assistance or you have questions about which resources we would specifically suggest for you.

Web Resources

Each college's specific website will be the most updated and reliable source of information about that school. College search engines and general information websites can be a great place to start your search, however. We encourage you to browse the following websites for general information about colleges and the college search process.

College Search and Information Sites

Big Future, Comprehensive college search engine.

Campus Tours, Links to virtual tours, video clips, and other material.

College Quest, Search for colleges by interest, size, location.

College Net, Search for colleges, scholarships, financial aid; electronic applications; virtual bookstore.

College Navigator, Search for information on college, financial aid and other college application information. Provided by the National Center for Education Statistics.

CollegeWeek Live, Virtual college fairs.

College View, College searches and information about college life.

National Survey on Student Engagement (NSSE), Survey which collects data on student engagement and shares them with participating colleges and universities. Because results are shared directly with institutions, check with participating colleges and universities to see if they share their results publicly.

National Association of College Admissions Counseling, Information about admission policies and procedures. Association of college admissions and counseling professionals.

Peterson's, College searches, information on majors, careers, financial aid and preparation for college.

Rankings and Ratings, discusses the controversy over rankings. This site is maintained by the University of Illinois.

YouVisit, Virtual tours including some virtual reality campus visit technology.

Standardized Testing Information

College Board, SAT registration, test dates and preparation.

ACT, ACT registration, test dates and college searches.

Educational Testing Service, Practice test questions, sample tests, financial aid information, and college searches.

Khan Academy, free test preparation site.

Number2.com, free test preparation site.

Princeton Review, test preparation resource.

Applerouth Tutoring, test preparation resource.

Career Websites

Career Interest Game

Career Magazine

Keirsey Temperament Sorter, matches your temperament to a career.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

College Athletics

NCAA, NCAA Clearinghouse registration, information about participating in Division I, II, or III college athletics.

NAI, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Resources for Students with Learning Differences

Learning Disabilities Association, Information on learning disabilities, programs, and resources.

National Center for Learning Disabilities, Information, articles, and college resources.

Learning Ally, Information and resources including products, services and books for students with print disabilities.

Gap Year Resources

Gapyear.com

USA Gap Year Programs

Center for Interim Programs

Americorps

American Field Service

Study Abroad

Print Resources

There are many college guidebooks available to help you navigate the college search and admissions process. This list provides just a sample of some of the hundreds of publications available.

Comprehensive References

The College Board College Handbook, College Board, New York

Lovejoy's College Guide, Monarch Press, New York

Peterson's Four-Year Colleges, Peterson's Guides, Princeton

Subjective Guides

The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Times Books, New York

Colleges that Change Lives: 40 Schools You Should Know About Even if You're Not a Straight A Student, Penguin USA, New York

Ivy League Programs at State School Prices, Prentice Hall, New York

Cool Colleges for the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming and Just Plain Different, Donald Asher, Ten Speed Press, New York

Special-Interest Books

Peterson's Applying to Colleges and Universities in the United States: A Handbook for International Students, Peterson's Guides, Princeton

Directory of College Cooperative Education Programs, Oryx Press, Phoenix

Hillell Guide to Jewish Life on Campus,B'nai, B'rith Hllel Foundations, Washington, D.C.

The Multicultural Student's Guide to Colleges, Noonday Press, New York

Peterson's Colleges with Programs for Students with Learning Disabilities, Peterson's Guides, Princeton

Playing the Selective College Admissions Game, Penguin USA, New York

Books Especially for Parents

Admission Matters, Springer, Reider, Franck, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco

College Unranked, ed. Lloyd Thacker, The Education Conservancy

Harvard Schmarvard, Jay Matthews, Three Rivers Press, New York

How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims, Henry Holt & Co, New York

50 College Admissions Directors Speak to Parents, Harcourt, New York

Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Today's College Experience, Adler & Adler, Bethesda

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be, Frank Bruni, Grand Central Publishing, New York

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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