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  • College Preparation
  • Adventures in Education
  • www.aie.org
  • A comprehensive website maintained by TGSLC, a Texas state agency. Sections include planning and paying for college, finding a career and managing your money with emphasis directed to students, families and educators. A quick or advanced search can be done on the database containing over 15,000 scholarships. AIE email is sent to subscribers weekly containing brief articles, calendar items and high school checklists by class year to help keep you involved and on track for entering college.
  • CollegeBoard
  • www.collegeboard.org
  • From the people that bring you the SAT Exam comes a wonderful website regarding your college search, admissions, quest for scholarships and, of course, entrance & Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The College MatchMaker lets you search and sort by location, majors, cost, aid and more to find colleges that fit from a database of 3,800+ schools or use the QuickFinder to look up schools alphabetically. The “My College Search” feature lets you save a list of possible colleges and searches performed. Individual college profiles are extremely extensive.
  • CollegeForAllTexans
  • College For All Texans
  • www.collegeforalltexans.com
  • A helpful website maintained by the Texas Higher Education Board that walks you through the process of choosing then applying to Texas universities, junior colleges or technical schools. “You can even fill out an application for the college you choose and apply for financial aid”. The main sections are: Get All The Facts (Finding the right school, Tests to consider, College costs by institution, How to pay & apply for financial aid); Make A Plan (What to consider in middle and high school); Apply (How to apply for tests, colleges and financial aid). The best features let you compare Texas institutions by location, amenities and standard financial aid packages awarded.
  • U.S. Selective Service System
  • www.sss.gov
  • The mission of the Selective Service System is to provide manpower to the armed forces in an emergency. It would provide manpower to the military by conducting a draft using a list of young men's names gathered through the Selective Service registration process. Virtually all men - ages 18 through 25 - must register. The obligation of a man to register is imposed by the Military Selective Service Act, which governs the operations of the Selective Service System. Even undocumented males must register.
  • College.gov
  • College.gov - US Department of Education
  • www.college.gov
  • This federal site is a “how to” on applying for college and financial aid with tabs (links) to two other government websites – one giving more detailed financial aid information and the other, the federal aid application (FAFSA), itself. College.gov has sections on why going to school is important; what to do in applying to institutions & for financial aid; and how to pay costs through grants, scholarships and student loans. The page lets users create and print their own poster-sized personal college roadmap, and interact with Facebook and YouTube.
  • Mapping Your Future
  • www.mappingyourfuture.org
  • Originally created to counsel graduating college students on managing their student loan debt, this site has been expanded to help those in middle & high school and post-secondary school. It has a huge "Explore Careers" section listing 39 career guidance and job search sources – each with its own links and helpful information. Other sections include selecting and preparing for college, paying for your education and managing your money. An interactive game, “Show Me the Future,” demonstrates how life-style choices impact income.
  • Pathways to College Network
  • www.pathwaystocollege.net/collegeplanningresources
  • College Planning Resources is an online library developed for middle school and high school students. The directory, developed to complement the KnowHow2GO campaign website, lists websites and publications for students and parents to use. Checking subject boxes allows access to hundreds of sources for college preparation, financial aid, etc. in English and Spanish.
  • Off To College
  • OffToCollege.com
  • www.offtocollege.com
  • OffToCollege.com is a thorough “College Planning Guide & Search Tool.” Beside the usual sections on preparing, searching and paying for college there are areas dedicated to: moving (discussing housing, transportation, setting up a household, etc.); achieving success (through setting goals and developing a plan) and even a holiday party corner with downloadable kits. A pictorial road map guides users through the site. An affiliated website offers blogs on everything student related from financial topics, health, textbooks, shopping, travel to even buying a car.
  • My Plan
  • www.myplan.com
  • This site helps students and professionals make informed decisions about their education and careers. Whether deciding on what college to go to, choosing a major, planning ahead for a first career, or thinking about making a career change, this site can help. With CareerMatch™, 748 careers are scored and ranked according to your responses to any or all four of the career assessment tests.
  • College Search & Selection
  • General
  • Forbes
  • Forbes: Best Colleges
  • www.forbes.com/top-colleges
  • The Forbes page only provides lists of top colleges and universities in certain categories, such as liberal arts, research, business, public colleges and undergraduate schools overall. Because this is a major business journal, there is more information when it comes to careers and job interviews.
  • US News & World Report: Best Colleges
  • www.colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges
  • While this site’s top lists are always interesting and useful, US News also offers three “knowledge centers” that help prospective students find, apply and pay for the school of their dreams.
  • Princeton Review
  • www.princetonreview.com/college
  • In addition to on-line and published prep-assistance for the major college entrance exams, this website offers college ranking lists, admissions and financial aid seminars ($99), and search engines to find college majors. The “School Finder“ lets you search a database of almost 4000 colleges using 11 different criteria. By creating your own “Action Plan” registered users can save college, major and career searches and track school deadlines.
  • CollegeBoard
  • CollegeBoard
  • www.collegeboard.org
  • From the people that bring you the SAT and Advanced Placement program comes a website that is all about education with sections for both students and educators. Students can use the “College Matchmaker” to search by location, majors, cost, and five other categories to find colleges that fit from a database of 3,800+ schools. College search lists can be saved for later use. A personality profiler is available to match interests to career possibilities. Then get help to find colleges with majors of study that go with those career desires. There are the standard sections of planning, finding, applying and paying for college. And of course, there is also a large section on preparing and registering for the SAT college entrance exam.
  • Peterson's
  • www.petersons.com
  • Search for colleges, universities, and private schools here, including schools which offer graduate or online degree plans. Peterson’s has its own take on getting users college prep information and making that crucial match, but it also has a scholarship section which many other sites don’t have. The site is filled with prominent advertisements or featured colleges on every page. The StudentEdge, their college compatibility tool, proactively matches students with potential college choices using personal academic data. Once matched, these schools can solicit you directly by email.
  • College Navigator
  • www.nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  • If you are concerned about potential college website biases (and some do have them) then maybe this is the site for you. It is sponsored by the US Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. As with many government sites a great deal of information is available, which makes the home page appear rather busy and a bit overwhelming. But, if you are an education information junkie you’ll feel right at home. There is a direct link the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook – the ultimate source for future career trends.
  • By Major
  • College Majors 101
  • College Majors 101
  • www.collegemajors101.com
  • College Majors 101 is an education resource dedicated to teaching students “about different college majors in depth so that they can make more informed college and career choices. Unfortunately, many students do not retain past their sophomore year. At CM101 we believe this is due to the fact that so many students lack a real sense of purpose when they go to college. CM101 seeks to create more students who clearly understand why they are going to college, what they will do while they are there, and where they will go afterwards.”
  • By Location
  • CampusTours
  • www.campustours.com
  • CampusTours has been providing virtual campus access since 1996, working with over eight hundred colleges and universities throughout the United States to promote, enhance and build virtual college tours. You can search for colleges alphabetically, by name, and by state. Links include tours, websites, maps and videos. Supporting school data on demographics, enrollment stats, admission requirements and sports programs are provided. An account must be created for full site access.
  • Virtual Tours
  • CampusTours
  • CampusTours
  • www.campustours.com
  • CampusTours has been providing virtual campus access since 1996, working with over eight hundred colleges and universities throughout the United States to promote, enhance and build virtual college tours. You can search for colleges alphabetically, by name, and by state. Links include tours, websites, maps and videos. Supporting school data on demographics, enrollment stats, admission requirements and sports programs are provided. An account must be created for full site access.
  • eCampusTours.com
  • www.ecampustours.com
  • eCampusTours.com is a college planning web site featuring 360° x 360° virtual campus tours of over 1200 college campuses. Each campus tour allows you to see what college life is really like through unique panoramic photographs. If you like what you see in the virtual campus tour, you can search the college website, contact the college's admission office, or save the virtual college tour in your eCampusTours portfolio. You can also view all kinds of college planning information about choosing a college, student financial aid, campus life, career exploration, student loans, scholarships and more.
  • Graduate Schools
  • GradSchools
  • GradSchools.com
  • www.gradschools.com
  • With over 60,000 programs listed in this free directory, GradSchools.com is a leading online resource for finding graduate schools and graduate degree programs. Search by subject, graduate school or metro area nationwide and for international graduate programs. For students interested in distance learning or online graduate study, you can also search graduate degrees offered by accredited online colleges and universities. Grad schools are also able to recruit you.
  • Gradview
  • www.gradview.com
  • The award-winning site is an excellent Web resource for information about graduate school. The site includes virtual tours of top graduate schools in the US and Canada, graduate school financial aid information, and articles on careers and career planning as they relate to graduate school.
  • Admissions Applications
  • ApplyTexas
  • ApplyTexas Application
  • www.applytexas.org
  • The Texas Common Application (ApplyTexas) was originally used when applying to Texas state-supported institutions of higher education, but now can also be used for applying to some out-of-state, private, and not-for-profit schools as well. Information is given on the due dates, essay submissions required for each school, application fees, majors offered, deadlines for financial aid information and more.
  • Common Application
  • Common Application
  • www.commonapp.org
  • Now in its fourth decade, the Common Application provides both online and print versions of its first-year and transfer applications for admission to the over 450 private and public US colleges and universities in its consortium.
  • Universal College Application
  • www.universalcollegeapp.com
  • The Universal College Application is an online admissions application consortium for college-bound students. Register to create an account, complete your application, and submit to any number of their member colleges. More than eighty institutions use this form.
  • NCAA Clearinghouse
  • www.ncaa.org // www.njcaa.org
  • These are essential websites for those students pursuing athletic scholarships or who desire more information on the eligibility requirements of playing in competitive college sports. Reference the appropriate site based upon the school of interest – junior college or a full four year institution. It is important for families to know the regulations regarding authorized communications between a high school student and a recruiting college coach. This site can help.
  • Institutions - 2 Year & Trade
  • TCCD
  • Tarrant County College
  • www.tccd.edu
  • Tarrant County College has five main campuses throughout Fort Worth, Arlington and Hurst. The newest, Trinity River Campus, opened in fall 2009 in downtown Fort Worth. TCC offers four types of degrees - Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching, Associate of Applied Science along with certificate and continuing education programs. College programs cover more than 80 technical and transfer areas. A brand new Center for Health Care Professionals is opening October 2011 at the Trinity River campus.
  • Dallas County Community College
  • www.dcccd.edu
  • There are seven campuses located throughout the county plus a virtual on-line “campus”. DCCCD offers hundreds of college credit courses that apply toward a two-year associate degree or will transfer to a four-year university where you can earn a bachelor’s degree. Technical majors include one- and two-year certificates and two-year degrees that prepare you for immediate employment in a career field. Non-county residents are allowed to enroll.
  • TSTC
  • Texas State Technical College
  • www.tstc.edu
  • Texas State Technical College is a public, not-for-profit training institution that has campuses throughout the state located in Marshall, Harlingen, Waco & the West Texas cluster with campuses in Sweetwater, Abilene, Brownwood, and Breckenridge. This is the only state-supported technical college system in Texas and its mission is to help the state meet the high-tech challenges of today’s global economy. Nearly 30,000 students are served each year through traditional degree programs, short-term continuing education and corporate training programs.
  • Texas Career Technical / Workforce Education
  • http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/AAR/UndergraduateEd/WorkforceEd
  • The Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM) is a web-based inventory of current workforce education courses available for use by public two-year colleges. This link allows you to search the WECM using a variety of criteria. The purpose of this site is to provide community colleges a list of available on-line classes to supplement present curriculum. This state site is difficult to navigate, but maybe helpful in finding programs of interest and which junior colleges offer them.
  • Supplemental Courses & Curriculum
  • Education Program for Gifted Youth
  • http://epgy.stanford.edu
  • The Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) at Stanford University is a continuing project dedicated to developing and offering multimedia computer-based distance-learning courses. Combining technical and instructional expertise, EPGY provides high-ability students of all ages with an individualized educational experience, optimized in both pace and content. Through EPGY, students have access to courses in a variety of subjects at levels ranging from kindergarten through advanced-undergraduate. Over 50,000 students from 35 countries have taken courses from EPGY.
  • Texas Distance Education
  • www.txelectroniccampus.org
  • For a growing number of students, the opportunity for college success is being enhanced through Texas's convenient and extensive Electronic Campus. The EC has proven to be a valuable asset to the State's citizens of Texas no matter where they are located. Texas's Electronic Campus encompasses more than 3,400 online courses and eighteen (18) complete degree programs. From this site you can search an inventory of online offerings, get complete course or program descriptions with requirements, and link to colleges and universities for enrollment services. Searching is quick and easy.
  • Other Educational Programs
  • Americorps
  • AmeriCorps
  • www.americorps.gov
  • AmeriCorps is a network of three federal service programs that help fulfill critical needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other areas. Since 1994, nearly 500,000 AmeriCorps members have served with nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and faith-based organizations nationwide from small community groups to nationally known organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Members tutor and mentor youth; build affordable housing; clean parks and streams; and recruit, train, and manage community volunteers. In return for their service, AmeriCorps members receive an education award that they can use to pay for college or to pay back qualified student loans. All work is done in the US for a period of normally 10-12 months.
  • City Year
  • www.cityyear.org
  • “Give a year. Change the world.” is the organization’s slogan. “City Year is wholly focused on fighting the national dropout crisis. We have committed to leverage the talent, energy and idealism of corps members to serve as tutors, mentors and role models in schools to help students stay on track – and get back on track – to graduate” states their web site. Work is done in teams during and after school. City Year is currently serving in 21 cities across the United States and in two international affiliate sites located in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England.
  • Where There Be Dragons
  • Where there be dragons
  • www.wheretherebedragons.com
  • The web site describes its program like this, “Dragons’ programs are authentic, rugged and profound learning adventures that expose the beautiful and complex realities of the countries in which we travel. Featuring extended itineraries, Dragons programs encourage deep immersion into strikingly different physical and cultural landscapes, combining the best in experiential education, travel, service learning, and physically and intellectually challenging experiences”. Destination sites include Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.
  • GapYear.com
  • www.gapyear.com
  • Gapyear.com is a social networking and travel advice website that provides information about taking a gap year. According to the web site, the company was “created by backpackers, for backpackers, and offers expert advice on travelling, volunteering and working abroad - all tied together with inspirational ideas, opportunities and products.” Gapyear.com is a place to meet fellow travelers, share stories and plan your trip. Itineraries are mostly determined by the travelers, themselves.
  • StudyAbroad.com
  • StudyAbroad.com
  • www.studyabroad.com
  • This site offers 125 study abroad classes (subjects) before, during and after college throughout the world for people who want to create their own educational experience by the week, month, summer, semester or full academic year. Programs include: internships, volunteering, language immersion, teaching, even a full degree of university study. Study sites available cover every region on the globe – Africa; all 3 Americas; Europe; Asia and Oceania.

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