College research

Smart Scholar College Guide
A great comprehensive overview of how to begin planning for college with many links to other great and useful sites.

College Board
College Board offers a college search engine, information on majors, and details on taking the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, as well as AP Exams. 

Fiske Guide to Colleges
Profiles on more than 310 colleges and universities focusing on the academic climates and the social and extracurricular scenes.

College Navigator
Managed by the US Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator provides information on thousands of colleges and universities in the US, including tuition and enrollment.

US News & World Report
While we advise families not to put too much stock into rankings, the data itself used to create the rankings is important to consider. US News & World Report has a great aggregate of school information and data, including admission rates, tuition, and student body statistics.

Information on Colleges

NICHE'S College Prowler
Another useful website that offers written reviews of current students.

The National Center for Fair and Open Testing (Fair Test)
A listing of all colleges and universities that do not require test scores

Colleges That Graduate Future Ph.D.s
The Institutional Research group at Reed College provides their research on the top ten schools who produce the highest number of future Ph.D.s in the All Disciplines, Biological Sciences, History, Humanities, Math and Statistics, Political Science, Social Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Sciences, Anthropology, Foreign Languages, Linguistics, English and Literature, Area and Ethnic Studies and Astronomy.

National Science Foundation List Of Undergraduate Colleges That Produce The Most Science And Engineering Doctorates

The University of Texas at Austin's website links list
In one place, this website offers the names and website links for all the four year and two year colleges in the United States by state and alphabetically

Unigo.com
A free college Internet resource that offers a college search function, descriptions of over 4000 colleges with photos, videos and actual reviews by students, as well as admissions expert answers to students questions.

College Board's BigFuture
This website asks you more questions than most about what you want in a colleges; therefore, it offers you a more sophisticated list of college choices based on your answers. There are also sections on finding colleges, exploring careers, paying for college and more.

Collegedata
An excellent college search website that also offers useful information and college profiles.

College Mapper
A wonderful new resource for students that helps them develop a good college list and also keep track of the various college admissions tasks.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) 
For families seeking financial aid to pay for college, the FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for federal financial aid. Families should learn more about the FAFSA, college costs, and estimated contribution when preparing for the admissions process. (Note: only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible)

College Fairs

Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL)
The 40 colleges that are identified by CTCL are involved in year round college fairs in cities all over the country.

Exploring College Options
Representatives from Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn and Stanford gather to offer information and advice about college admissions in all 50 states.

National College Fairs, National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC)
A list of free college fairs sponsored by NACAC throughout the U.S. in which hundreds of colleges participate and both students and parents are welcome.

Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs
A list of colleges fairs sponsored by NACAC designed for students (and their parents) interested in pursuing study in the areas of music, theater, dance, visual arts, graphic design, and other related disciplines. Many regular, as well as specialized arts colleges participate.

Student Athletes

NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete
Students who want to play Division I, II, III Athletics

NAIA Guide For The College-Bound Student-Athlete

 

You University TV

Campus Tours
Online or virtual campus tours are a great way to “visit” a college if you’re unable to actually travel to the school. Virtual tours should not be used a substitute for actually visiting a campus if you’re able, but can be a good way to get an initial look at a college before determining if it’s a good fit.

College Tours