All students have unique sets of needs and interests. Regardless of your specific circumstances, there are likely helpful tools to get you the information you need. Below is just a sampling of what some students seek to help with a specific aspect of their college planning. These resources have been carefully selected and we believe they are among the best available to assist you on the web.
NCAA Eligibility Center
Students considering NCAA Division I or II athletics must complete the NCAA Clearinghouse process. Visit the Eligibility Center to create an account and learn if your athletic goals will require completing this step.
Athletic Scholarships Research
Athletic recruiting and scholarship availability are not as simple as some advisors make them seem. This website provides basic information and points athletes in the right direction to find additional help with the recruiting process should they wish to access it.
DISABILITIES & COLLEGE ADMISSIONS
Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
Yale University provides a robust resource for anyone looking for information on dyslexia. Topics covered include policy, advocacy, educational resources, success stories, and more.
LD Online In-Depth College Planning
LD Online is an online community for families managing learning differences or learning disabilities. They have compiled detailed college planning resources answering many questions specific to parents and students managing learning differences.
College and the Autism Spectrum
College Autism Spectrum provides information for students with autism as they prepare to finish high school and go on to higher education or join the workforce. It is a good resource for families looking to find targeted programs to meet a student’s specific needs and goals.
Health Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center
George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education manages the Heath Resource Center, now part of the National Youth Transitions Center. This website is an information clearinghouse on postsecondary education for students with disabilities.
EduPASS: Smart Student Guide to Studying in the USA
This is a good point of entry for beginning to learn what the international student application process looks like.
International Student Guide
This guide is helpful for setting expectations regarding funding, travel, proper documentation, and all of the other challenges that international study can present students. They have a strong social media presence as well.
The TOEFL Exam is required for international students whose education was received primarily in a language other than English. Use this resource to learn about the exam and how it will be used in the US college admissions process.
National Portfolio Day for Art Students
National Portfolio Day is actually a season of events throughout the US where art students are invited to present their portfolios to admissions representatives from art schools and programs all over the country. The fall schedule of events is announced each March.
Unified Auditions for Theatre Students
Unified Auditions hosts events in several major cities each winter. Students looking to earn a BFA in Theatre can audition for several schools in a single weekend.
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER & ALLY
Campus Pride/Campus Climate Index
The Campus Pride Index measures the safety and inclusivity of the LGBT community on individual college campuses.
RACIAL OR ETHNIC DIVERSITY
Native American Education Resources
The Bureau of Indian Education provides information on scholarship opportunities for students of Native American descent.
United Negro College Fund
The United Negro College Fund provides access to scholarships and information on Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the US.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
The CHCI helps provide education and leadership opportunities to future leaders of the Latino and Hispanic community. Scholarships are available in some areas.
Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
THE APIASF provides scholarships for Asian American and Pacific Islander American students.
FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS
First in the Family
First in the Family is a site intended to help students planning to attend college whose parents do not have college degrees. As this can present unique challenges, the site focuses on addressing common concerns. Checklists for each year of high school are provided to keep students on track.
College NOW at UMass-Dartmouth
UMass Dartmouth has offered a tremendous program for low-income and/or first-generation college students for over twenty years. The program helps students at risk for not graduating to develop the skills they need for college success right from their first semester. Massachusetts residents who meet eligibility guidelines can apply.
The Women’s College Coalition
Women’s colleges provide a unique opportunity. Students interested in learning more about the benefits of single-sex higher education will find this resource valuable.