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College Resources

CKM’s Career Center has compiled a number of resources to help students and their parents plan for the future beyond high school. The list of resources has been organized by the following topics:

Resources for College-Bound Students

General college information

UC and CSU admission requirements High school course requirements for the state universities.
Princeton Review: A wealth of college information
College Board: The SAT test plus testing and college preparation information
ACT: The ACT test and other resources
Federal Student Aid: A financial aid site for students, parents, and counselors
FinAid: Student aid resource site
The College Solution: A blog by Lynn O’Shaughnessy, an author, consultant and speaker who is a nationally recognized college expert.
Tips for a Successful College Interview
High School Classes Colleges Look For
Paying for College: Information presented by Mary Gill, Educator, for CKM parents and students on November 12, 2013.

College rankings

Top 100 National Universities: Compiled by U.S. News & World Report

Virtual tours

eCampusTours.com: Virtual campus tours of over 1,200 college campuses
CampusTours: A gateway to online campus tours
Collegiate Choice: Non-promotional videos of colleges

What are my chances at this school?

Get Your Chances of Admissions: Quantify your chances of getting into a specific college
College Chances: Predict your admission chances to 1,700 colleges and universities
Match, Reach and Safety Schools: Refine your list of school choices

Testing calendars

SAT Calendar: SAT test dates and registration deadlines
ACT Calendar: Current ACT test dates

About the different tests

PSAT: Preliminary SAT and the National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test
SAT: College admissions test accepted by nearly every college in the U.S.
SAT Reasoning Tests: Assesses student knowledge of reading, writing, and mathematics
SAT Subject Tests: Measures knowledge or skills in specific subject areas
ACT: Used for college admissions; an alternative to the SAT
AP: Information about Advanced Placement testing

Test prep resources

Coach: Test prep resources presented by Triumph Learning
ACT Online Prep School Edition: Online registration and prep for ACT
Eureka One on One Review: Take a practice SAT or ACT
vocabulary.com: Fun ways to improve your vocabulary
admissiontests.org: Test prep resources
Kaplan: Free online resources available for SAT, ACT and PSAT prep

Search for colleges

National Center for Education Statistics: Links and searches to colleges and universities
U.S. University Directory: Profiles of state universities and other colleges by state
University of Phoenix: Links and searches to all Phoenix campuses by state
Peterson’s: Find colleges by degree programs of interest

Reading lists for students

Young Adult Library Services Association: Outstanding books for the college bound

Online education links

University of Phoenix Online: Degree and program information
American Intercontinental University (AIU) Online: Earn a degree online
DeVry University: Technical programs available
Jones International University: Specializing in business and computer courses

Two-year college resources

Community College Review: Profiles of community and junior colleges
League for Innovation in Community Colleges: International consortium of community colleges
American Association of Community Colleges: State-by-state information on community colleges

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Scholarship search

Read this before searching for financial aid.

Scholarship.com: Find money for college
FastWeb: Financial aid and scholarship search
College Board: Search for scholarships to pay for college
School Soup: Free search of available scholarships
Sallie Mae: Free scholarship search
Tuition Funding Sources: Scholarships, college and career information
FinancialAidTips.com: Tips and resources for a financial aid search
Debt.org: Information for parents and students on a variety of topics including financial aid planning and managing student debt

Financial aid calculators

Financial Aid (Estimated Family Contribution): Estimate your expected family contribution for college tuition and expenses
FinAid: Financial aid calculator
ACT: Financial aid need estimator

Financial aid links

Federal Student Aid: An Office of the U.S. Department of Education focusing on post-secondary education (or call 1-800-433-3243; TTY 800-730-8913 for hearing impaired)
FinAid: Student guide to financial aid
FAFSA: Online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application
College Scholarships, Colleges, and Online Degrees: Scholarships including contact information

Financial aid information

Overview of Financial Aid
Middle Class Scholarship
Understanding the True Cost of College
Definitions of Dependency and Parent for Financial Aid
The Scoop on Merit Based Scholarships
Senior Checklist for Financial Aid
Financial Aid for Community Colleges
Types of California Colleges

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Career Resources and Vocational Information

Military careers

Today’s Military: General information about the military as a career option
Army: Official website of the U.S. Army
Navy: Official website of the U.S. Navy
Coast Guard: Official website of the U.S. Coast Guard
Marines: Official website of the U.S. Marines
Air Force: Official website of the U.S. Air Force

Personality and career assessment

Ageless Learner: Learning style assessment
The Princeton Review: A brief test to learn more about careers (users must set up a profile before accessing the test; search the site for “Career Test”)

Vocational information center

Career Guide to Industries: Link your favorite subject in school to a possible career

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Resources for Minority, Low-Income, First Generation Students

First Generation Student: Information and advice for first-generation students (trying to be the first in their families to go to college).
Pathways to College: Help for underserved communities
White House initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans: Outreach to Hispanic-American students and their peers (also accessible in Spanish)
Congressional Spanish Caucus Institute: English and Spanish information on planning for college and obtaining scholarships; free publications
Hispanic College Fund: Helping Hispanic students obtain college degrees and professional careers
United Negro College Fund: Help for African American students wishing to attend college
FinAid: Financial aid site for minority students
American Indian College Fund: Providing scholarships and support for American Indian students
American Institute for Managing Diversity: Advancing diversity through leadership, education, and research
American Indian Higher Education Consortium: Provides a unifying voice for the nation’s tribal colleges and universities
U.S. Department of Education/Office of English Language Acquisition: Working to ensure that English language learners and immigrant students attain English proficiency and achieve academically
The Black Collegian: A magazine targeted to African-American students and other students of color seeking information on careers, job opportunities, graduate/professional school, internships, and study abroad programs.
Black Excel: A college network helping African American students
Hillel: Jewish resource for colleges
Gates Millennium Scholars Fund: Providing scholarships for outstanding minority students
Hispanic Scholarship Fund: Providing college scholarships and educational outreach to the nation’s Latino
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities: Championing Hispanic success in higher education
Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Promoting fair and unbiased college admissions for African American students
Quality Education for Minorities: Dedicated to improving the education of African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Mexican Americans, and Puerto Ricans.
Tribal Colleges, Native Studies Programs, and Indian Education: Links to Native American educational institutions and resources

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Resources for Students with Disabilities

Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD): Providing services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education
Attention Deficit Disorder Association: Dedicated to providing information, resources, and networking opportunities to adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders: Serving individuals with AD/HD and their families
Learning Disabilities Association of America: Advocating for individuals with learning disabilities
Learning Disability Resources: A collection of resources on various aspects of learning disabilities
National Center for Learning Disabilities: Working to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life
Federation for Children with Special Needs: Working on behalf of children with special needs and their families
Learning Disabilities Online: Helping children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD

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