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College Planning Resources

Check Out These Websites As A Way To Start Your Preparation And Planning For College

College for Texans  (sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board). Get the facts, plan, and apply!

Gear Up Texas  Gear Up Texas is a great website with many resources for students and parents.  Find your dream career.  Make college amazing.

Transfer 101
Making the jump from a Texas community college to a four-year university is easier than you think. Whether you’re a high-school student or currently attending a community college, this portal provides a wealth of resources that will walk you through the process step-by-step.

Princeton Review  Offers invaluable resources covering topics such as:

  • Exploring Schools and Careers through an advanced search engine that combines your academic and extracurricular history with your preferences to help you find the right college.

  • Improving Scores and Skills  SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT, ACT, AP and Academic Tutoring

  • Scholarships and Aid  Scholarship search and FAFSA strategies

ACT®  Providing educational and career planning for students and teachers at every level.

The College Board  Offers many resources regarding planning, applying, and paying for college, as well as information about SAT, PSAT, AP, and CLEP exams.

Know How To Go  A website to help you navigate the road to college, helping you with timelines and resources.

First in the Family  A website highlighting advice and strategies from first-generation college students that addresses money, cultural, and academic hurdles they face on the path to a four-year degree and how colleges can help.

First Generation Student  Content features writers and blog articles from university presidents, and first generation students, as well as information from the other college resource sites available in one place.  Site offers advice on preparing, applying, paying for and succeeding in college, with a specific focus on first generation college students.

College Searches

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

U.S. News and World Report  Tons of information, including national college rankings.

Online U Site focuses on affordability, quality, and access of attending online colleges across the nation and making access to online college information more transparent.


Public universities and colleges in Texas accept the Texas Common Application.

The Common Application is used by more than 500 members of The Common Application, a not-for-profit organization of colleges and universities. Check to see if the college(s) that you are interested in are members.

To find out a particular college's application procedure and admissions policies, see its website.

Free Online Test Prep Websites

SAT/ACT: - Sample ACT test - SAT, ACT  - SAT, ACT - SAT

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) :

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) was mandated through action of the 78th Texas Legislature to replace the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP). TSI requires students to be assessed in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics prior to enrolling at a Texas public college or university. Institutions have the flexibility to determine the appropriate path for individual students to take so as to be considered college ready and thus ready for college-level courses.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board requires all Texas public colleges and universities to administer the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment. Any student that has not completed college course work prior to 8/26/13 or met a state approved exemption will be subject to the TSI Assessment requirements.

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Exploring Majors

SUGGESTED READING LIST FOR CHOOSING YOUR MAJOR  Check out a wide variety of books that are available through the Collin College Library for use in exploring your major!

Value of a College Education