Top College Websites for Students and Parents
College Information and Search Engines
Cappex.com* - a great interactive collegiate matchmaking resource that, in addition, maintains a valuable database of more than 79,000 college scholarships. Home of the “scattergram”.
CollegeConfidential.com* “SuperMatch” – Offers detailed college searches including maps, comparison tools and the ability to rank preferences. Unique internship and summer program search.
CollegeNavigator (https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/) –provides a refined search on college eligibility, majors, and side-by-side comparisons of various schools.
https://www.collegeboard.org/ - a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity.
College Scorecard (https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/) –
US Dept. of Ed.’s interactive site helps students and families search schools based on interests, costs, and career goals.
Princetonreview.com – helps students prepare and practice for major educational moments including the PSAT, SAT, ACT and graduate school exams.
Petersons.com - find information about colleges and universities, graduate programs, distance learning, executive training, summer opportunities, study abroad, financial aid, test preparation, and career exploration.
Californiacolleges.edu - explore colleges in California.
Collegeview.com - gives students and parents a general view of colleges, plus a direct e-mail option for requesting additional information.
Myroad.com – College Board’s college and career planning website.
Thecollegenavigator.com - a monster database containing valuable statistics on colleges and universities across the country, and financial award analyzer.
Collegeparents.org - dedicated to helping parents prepare to put their children through college easily, economically, and safely.
Unigo.com - find tons of student reviews, photos, videos and forums that focus on specific colleges.
Collegeresults.org - find four, five and six-year grad rates of any college; grad stats by gender or ethnicity.
Nsse.iub.edu - find student engagement report cards for lots of colleges and universities
Ucan-network.org - find information on more than 700 private institutions courtesy of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
Collegeportraits.org - provides information on more than 300 state colleges and universities.
Campustours.com - browse college campuses without ever having to leave your seat
InLikeMe.com - a free self-help resource hub designed to bring together the disparate aspects of the college planning, application and student aid processes
Wiche.edu/wue* – California students can reduce out-of-state tuition expenses by attending a “WUE” college or university in one of 14 member states out West.
Collegexpress.com - free resource for finding colleges and scholarships
Ncaa.org - National Collegiate Athletic Association
Playnaia.org - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics - guide section for the college bound athlete.
www.CollegeWeekLive.com - an online college fair where you can chat with college reps and connect to colleges from all across the country!
NACACnet.org – College fairs offered nation-wide including performing and visual arts fairs
*Mrs. Marchant’s favorite!
Career and Major Exploration:
CollegeMajors101* – Explore a wide variety of majors through detailed descriptions, fresh video content and unique web content
California Career Zone – Customized career explorations with self-assessments to know yourself better, job families and related occupations research, and
CaCareerCafe.com – Free career assessments to identify your unique strengths and abilities
Educationplanner.org - provides practical and easy-to-understand advice to help prepare students for the important decisions they will face in the future.
Mynextmove.org - an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options
Csumentor.edu CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY – comprehensive guide to the California State University’s 23 campuses.
Ucop.edu/pathways UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - University of California’s online undergraduate admission information and application network.
Commonapp.org THE COMMON APPLICATION – allows students to fill out a single application and send it to any school that is a member.
Cccco.edu CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES – information on the California Community Colleges.
Financial Aid and Loan Information:
Fafsa.ed.gov - complete the FAFSA form, an absolute requirement for any student seeking federal loan dollars.
Studentaid.ed.gov - assists in college planning; provides information about the products and services needed throughout the financial aid process.
FAFSA4caster - Preview government financial aid eligibility
Collegecost.ed.gov - US Dept. of Ed. College Affordability and Transparency Center. Take the guesswork out of computing college’s net price of attendance
Finaid.org – provides the most comprehensive, annotated, free collection of information about student financial aid on the web.
Salliemae.com - provides federally guaranteed student loans originated under the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP), and offers comprehensive information and resources to assist students, parents and professionals with the financial aid process.
Scholarships.com* - assists students in obtaining scholarships for college and help them explore the many financial aid opportunities available to students as well as parents.
Fastaid.com – provides over 20 years of scholarship research including myths, facts, step-by-step guides, scams, glossary, bibliography and links.
Fastweb.com – provides access to over 1.5 million scholarships
Clerycenter.org (formerly Security on Campus) - educates prospective students, parents about the prevalence of crime on our nation’s college and university campuses.
Ope.ed.gov/security - a direct link to reported criminal offenses for over 6,000 colleges and universities in the United States.
Studyguidzone.com* - Free resources for students, beginning professionals, and anyone else who wants to improve scores on many standardized tests.
provides a variety of suggestions and resources for maximizing students’ academic experience.
KhanAcademy.org – This non-profit organization allows students to make use of the extensive library of content, including interactive challenges, assessments, and videos from any computer with access to the web.
*Mrs. Marchant’s favorite!