College Planning Resources

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Recursos de Planificación para la Universidad

College Planning

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

Washington Monthly
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 900 colleges and universities. Students can complete one application for 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–publications/Research/CollegeOpenings/
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.

US News

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.

College fairs
National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC)

New England Association of College Admissions Counselors (NEACAC)

Virtual campus visits

Information on Transfer
NEBHE’s Transfer Resources for Students and Families

Information on Institutional Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
Regional accrediting body for colleges and universities in New England and beyond.

Mobile Applications

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.

The College Fair

Social network for college students to connect & share advice, requires monthly subscription

My Options
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

Publications are usually available in print at public libraries and also for purchase at bookstores and/or online

College Board Publications

Peterson’s Guides to College
Four-Year Colleges ; Two-Year Colleges; How to Get Money for College

Fiske Guide to Colleges

Rugg’s Recommendations on Colleges

Colleges That Change Lives’ book recommendations

Assessment Tests

Information on more than 1,000 colleges that do not require admissions assessments (SAT, ACT) in all cases.

SAT Assessments: College Board


Prior-Learning Assessments
AP (College Board’s Advanced Placement Tests)

CLEP (College Board’s College-Level Examination Program)

DSST Exams
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…

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