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Welcome to our College Prep page! As you race towards the end of your high school career (or even if you’ve already graduated), you might be thinking about what kinds of options you have for continuing your education.
Obviously, this is no replacement for talking to your school guidance counselors, or visiting colleges and talking to their Admissions departments, but if you’re not sure where to start, we’d like to recommend giving these websites a shot. It’ll at least set you on the right track.
Great Websites for College Prep
- AIE (Adventures in Education) is a great site for tips on what to do before, during, and after college. It’s run by a nonprofit, so they won’t try to trick you into buying anything. They also have YouTube videos explaining some of their most-asked questions.
- College Prep 101 is another great source for all levels of college prep, from help on the standardized tests to checklists on what to pack for your first semester. It’s also an extremely well-built and easy-to-navigate site.
- College Tidbits is a huge database of articles written about life before, during, and after college, to help students make informed decisions. If you have any question at all about college, it’s probably answered somewhere on the site.
- StudentAid.ed.gov (formerly College.gov) is the federal government’s website explaining all kinds of financial aid, including the kinds you might be eligible for, how to apply for it, and how to deal with student loans.
- CollegeBoard is a fantastic site to look up colleges, test prep, financial aid information, and all sorts of articles related to college prep. It’s definitely worth clicking through. (Their college prep section is called “BigFuture”)
- Peterson’s is one of the classics, and there’s a reason it’s persisted all these years. It’s a good starting place for when you’re still trying to figure out your next step. For more in-depth information, they also publish books.
- A great series of books is the Fiske Guide to Colleges. It has great in-depth information on colleges all across the country, and it’s constantly coming out with new editions to keep everything current. It’s a great source on each college’s specialties, cost, and culture, with quotes from students and faculty.