• College Navigator - a free consumer information resource provided by the U.S. Department of Education. You can easily find and explore schools based on search criteria such as: academic major, location, size, varsity athletic programs, tuition, and entrance exam scores.
  • College Prowler - alternative to school-published brochures and factual websites; research and compare colleges; read inside reviews by current students; “grades” on an interesting variety of aspects for each school; choose a degree or major; find scholarships; get college guidebooks; school reviews
  • CollegeXpress - provides college search options and lists that can help you identify and explore colleges by major, location and a variety of other criteria. You’ll find more than 700 lists — everything from academic major to campus vibe to vegetarian-friendly.
  • Campus Explorer - college search and information guide
  • College Answer: The Planning for College Destination (Sallie Mae) - college planning process; tools; checklists; scholarship search
  • Cappex
  • COLLEGEdata
  • Big Future (College Board) - provides factual information for more than 3500 schools through its Big Future portal. You’ll find a broad range of information from the most popular majors to AP credit and placement policy. You’ll also find a “What Important” tab for each institution along with wait list statistics
  • CollegeClever.com
  • Adventures in Education (AIE)
  • Get Into 2 College
  • My College Options
  • My College Calendar
  • Making It Count
  • National Application Center (Plan, Explore, Apply; College by State)
  • acceptly
  • StudentAdvisor (A Washington Post Company)
  • College Affordability and Transparency Center - College Scorecard, College Navigator, for-profile schools, Net Price Calculator Center,
    College Affordability and Transparency List, State Spending Charts
  • College Scorecard (U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center) - find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend.You can find scorecards for colleges based on factors such as programs or majors offered, location, and enrollment size.
  • CollegeView - compare your grades and test scores with posted medians at schools they're considering to get a better idea of the level of competition and the likelihood of admission
  • CollegeMapper
  • College Reality Check (Chronicle of Higher Education) - tool to compare schools on financial measures such as graduation rates, average net price, debt repayment and post-graduation earnings
  • College Portraits - factual information for many public colleges and universities
  • College Results Online - interactive tools to query graduation rates at four-year colleges and universities; college-specific graduation rates and other data (e.g. cost, financial aid), the comparison tool provides analogous information for similar colleges
  • Unigo - posts “insider” reviews, videos and photos contributed by students attending the college
  • Campus Safety and Security Data Tool (U.S. Government) - helpful for evaluating schools from a safety perspective
  • College Confidential - discussion forum is a source of school-specific gossip (whether reliable or not) and information
  • MyFuture.com (Department of Defense) - career, college, military
  • My College Path (Maryville College) - preparing, selecting, read

Community College System


  • WaytogoRI.org (Career planning, High School planning, College planning, Financial Aid planning)




Low Income Students



  • Rock-Hard Apps: How to Write the Killer College Application, by Katherine Cohen (who worked in the admissions department at Yale University), gives plenty of concrete advice while following three very different students to widely different schools. It gets an A for accessibility.
  • A Is for Admission: The Insider's Guide to Getting into the Ivy League and Other Top Colleges, by Michelle A. Hernandez, is also written by a former admissions officer (at Dartmouth College this time). She covers everything from filling out the forms to acing the personal interviews.
  • Parents will get particular comfort from Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College, by Sally P. Springer, Jon Reider, and Marion R. Franck. The comments aimed at moms and dads — like "What your child will remember long after the college admissions process is over is how you supported him or her" — are especially valuable.
  • Writing the essay is often the most daunting step, but Alan Gelb’s Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps: Crafting a Winning Personal Statement can help. It comes highly recommended for its practical information and gentle voice, for students and parents alike.
  • Harry Bauld’s On Writing the College Application Essay is a little more formal and Ivy League-focused, but its insights are invaluable. It’s considered a classic in the field for good reason.
  • The Thinking Student's Guide to College
  • Guide to Colleges and Universities 2012
  • **The Truth About Getting In will guide you through the intricate process of university admissions and help you accomplish what great grades and high scores alone cannot. With intense competition for admission to schools all around the country, students need to know what colleges are looking for in an application and how to represent themselves in the most positive and accurate way. Dr. Katherine Cohen illuminates the way for you by sharing valuable tips from years of experience in leading her very own successful educational consulting practice - IvyWise. She offers worksheets, timelines, and checklists to help students demystify the college admissions process and get into a college of their choice.
  • Rock Hard Apps is the ultimate guide to writing a standout college application. With excerpts from successful applications to Ivy League colleges and sidebars of do's and don'ts, Rock Hard Apps takes your college application to the next level. Rock Hard Apps//, Dr. Katherine Cohen follows three students through the college application process and uses dozens of examples from other students' applications to illustrate what's effective in a college application, and what's not.
  • Book Admission
  • Getting the Best Out of College







Online and Mobile Apps






San Francisco Bay Area

High School


Test Preparation

College and Career Center

Learning Disabilities (LD) and/or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)

Student Athletes

Health & Medical Field






Health Related

Asian/Asian Americans


  • Selective Service Registration -- Required for males who are 18 years old
    If you’re turning 18 years old, you’re required to register with Selective Service. Federal law states that all men living in the U.S. must register within a month of their 18th birthday. Registering keeps you eligible for college loans, job training, government jobs, and driver’s license renewal. You can register in person at the U.S. Post Office, or go online.

For Parents

For International Students

For College Seniors

After College

Graduate School

Professional School


Financial Management

Public Service and Volunteering