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Planning and Preparing for College
Planning and Preparing for College

Helping your graduate to plan and prepare for college can be challenging.  There is a lot of information to take in for both parents and students.  The great news is that all the information you will need is readily available over the Internet. 

What you will find below will give you a place to start.  Each web site contains links to additional resources.  There is also information under the For Students section of this web site.

General Planning Resources

Princeton Review

Help your student with valuable tools such as:
    • Exploring Schools and Careers
    • Improving Scores and Skills
    • SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT, ACT, AP and Academic Tutoring
    • Finding Scholarships and Aid
    • Scholarship search and FAFSA strategies

The College Board

Offers resources for both parents and students regarding:
     College Board Tests
     SAT®, PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test®, AP®, CLEP®
     Plan for College
     Time management, study tips, writing a college paper, questions to ask high school         
     Find a College
     Campus life (rural, urban, suburban), planning college visits, college search tool
     Apply to College
     Application FAQ's, college application requirements
     Pay for College
     Scholarship search, financing options

College for Texans  Everything a Texan needs to know about preparing, applying, and paying for college or technical school.

U.S. Department of Education  Information for students, parents, and teachers including publications targeting all grade levels.

Suggested Reading List  Books that address the identity development of college students, and the adjustments that the entire family must make as students begin their college careers.

Exploring Colleges

Families should always make the effort to visit the colleges that their graduates are seriously considering.  Try to do it when students are actually on the college campuses.  However, as you are narrowing the choices down, you can do "virtual" campus tours.

Campus Tours   This site provides information about colleges, links to their web sites, as well as virtual tours.  You can look up colleges by name or state.

Ecampus Tours    In addition to the virtual tours, this site has a section for parents.  You will need to create an account to access all the tours.

College Opportunities Online Locator  See and compare profiles of universities across the nation.

U.S. News and World Report  The Education section contains information about colleges that includes recent articles and current trends.

Graduation Rates by Colleges

College Results Online 
This interactive Web tool, created by The Education Trust (a national nonprofit organization), allows you to learn more about student graduation rates at four year colleges and universities.

College Results Online allows you to:
• Examine overall graduation rates and see how those rates have changed over time.
• Learn about universities' records graduating diverse groups of students.
• Compare the graduation rates of similar institutions - colleges and universities that share many characteristics and serve similar student populations.