Recommended Web Sites
I’m routinely asked which web sites I recommend students utilize to prep for college. Of course, I’m partial to my own sites, but some web sites are able to provide more detailed coverage of certain topics than I can. So with this column, I’ll give my recommendations for the web sites all college applicants should visit.
* U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2008 – www.usnews.com (click on “Rankings” at the top, then “Best Colleges” on the left) It’s not that I value the rankings so highly, but all the information they gather in the process is awesome! It boasts TONS of information on TONS of schools. Free and premium areas both contain great info (premium for only $20). Contains a huge directory, multiple search features, plus numerous lists and rankings. Use this site early in the process (and often), but especially if you are considering several schools at a distance from your home – you can compare side by side.
* Occupational Outlook Handbook – www.bls.gov/ooh/ Use the search box in the top right to search for information on virtually any career field. Compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the page for each career includes sections on nature of the work, training required, job outlook, earnings, and related occupations. Search for less traditional fields like video game design or casino/gaming jobs by using the link on the bottom right entitled “Career Articles from the OOQ (Occupational Outlook Quarterly).” You’ll find unbiased, dependable information about endless majors and careers.
* FAFSA – www.fafsa.ed.gov (NOT fafsa.com or fafsaonline.com) This is where you go to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Contains lots of useful information on financial aid from the federal government. Visit this just before January 1 of your Senior year so you’ll know what you need to apply, then just after January 1 to actually apply!
* FINAID and FASTWEB – www.finaid.com and www.fastweb.com Excellent resources on all aspects of money for college. Both are owned by Monster, the online job site people, so you know they’re good. FINAID is great for parents and covers all things financial. FASTWEB is (reportedly) the biggest database of scholarships on the web.
* CollegePrep-101 – www.collegeprep101.com My first site! We’ve helped hundreds of thousands of students, parents and others prep for and succeed in college. College planning checklists, ACT/SAT prep info, what to bring to college, plus you can buy a copy of my book, College Prep 101.
* College Answer Guy – www.collegeanswerguy.com The site hosting all of these great articles – well over 100 different articles to date, and still growing. Come back often to see what’s new…
Back to Articles List