College Planning Resources
US Department of Education College Scorecard
Search and compare colleges, location, degrees, programs, costs, etc.
US Department of Education’s College Navigator
National Center for Education Statistics
College Board Big Future
Searchable database of multiple criteria (degree, area of study, type of school, tuition, admission difficulty, gpa, ACT, SAT, school size, setting); scholarships
Guide rates colleges based on their contribution to the public good ((1) social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), (2) research, and (3) service); also lists colleges best suited to adult learners.
The Common Application
Member organization of more than 750 colleges and universities. Students can complete one application when applying to an unlimited number of member institutions.
National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC)
Step by Step: College Awareness and Planning for Families, Counselors and Communities
Information on Paying for College
Helpful resource for late applicants
Annual College Openings Update: Options for Qualified Students
Note: Annual list of NACAC member postsecondary institutions that voluntarily provide information that they are still accepting applications from qualified freshman and/or transfer students for the upcoming fall term as of May 3.
Common Data Set (CDS)
A number of colleges voluntarily participate in the CDS and post their annual data set on their websites. Data includes enrollment data and breakdowns by various criteria (including race, ethnicity, gender, international), acceptance rates (such as % of freshman accepted), high school rank for their incoming freshman
Find a college’s CDS by searching online for the college name and Common Data Set.
New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE)
Regional accrediting body for 236 colleges and universities in New England and 11 overseas institutions.
Google College Search
Uses public information from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), a comprehensive data set available for 4-year colleges. Launched 6/12/18.
Social network for college students to connect & share advice, requires monthly subscription
Free app in Apple itunes. College planning platform for students, parents and educators. Formerly “Admitttedly.”
State agencies for college planning information
Connecticut Office of Higher Education
Finance Authority of Maine (FAME)
Massachusetts Education Finance Authority (MEFA)
New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF)
Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA)
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC)
College Planning Publications
College Handbook; Book of Majors; Getting Financial Aid; International Student Handbook
Four-Year Colleges ; Two-Year Colleges; How to Get Money for College
Fiske Guide to Colleges (mobile app version)
Rugg’s Recommendations on Colleges
Colleges That Change Lives’ book recommendations
Information on more than 1,000 colleges that do not require admissions assessments (SAT, ACT) in all cases.
SAT Assessments: College Board
AP (College Board’s Advanced Placement Tests)
CLEP (College Board’s College-Level Examination Program)
Including test options for military.
GED Testing Service
Joint venture of American Council on Education (ACE) and Pearson
The Princeton Review
College search, test prep and tutoring
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Resources for students with disabilities
Directory of Transition Websites
The National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD)
National Organizations Working on Disability and Higher Education
National Resources for Students with Disabilities in Higher Education
Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability
Exploring degree programs and careers
University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Career Center, What Can I Do With a Major In…www.uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html
MEFA Pathway: Your Plan for the Future
Free, interactive planning tool for students in middle school, high school and beyond, as well as families and school counselors.
Road Trip Nation: Career Exploration
US Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration, My Next Move