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Recommended Resources

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Recommended Resources


(This is a selected list. You may also be interested in seeing a more comprehensive list: College Search Tools.)


The College Board's newly re-vamped search tool, now called "Big Future": http://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/
Still one of the most extensive and comprehensive college search sites on the web.

National Center for Education Statistics ("College Navigator"): http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
Federal government site for information on colleges and universities—reports all data that colleges and universities are required to provide to the US government to receive federal aid, including # of students graduating and in what majors; probably the most comprehensive site on the web.


College Data: http://www.collegedata.com

Another robust -  and comprehensive  - database.


Doctoral Program Resources for Minority Students: https://teach.com/resources/minority-students-doctoral-resources/

The goal of diversity in doctoral education has eluded the US for many decades. This is a well-curated collection of resources around that concern.

Voluntary System of Accountability Program:  (VSAP) http://www.voluntarysystem.org/index.cfm 

Established by a network of public four year colleges to provide meaningful & relevant data on public colleges and universities in the US.

University and College Accountability Network:  (UCAN)  http://www.ucan-network.org/ 

Established on a voluntary basis by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities to provide meaningful & relevant data on private schools in the US.


College Results Online: http://www.collegeresults.org

A robust and interactive database that makes some less-commonly-used search criteria -- e.g. % of students receiving Pell grants, % of underrepresented minority students, 6-year graduation rates, loan default rates -- readily available.


SuperMatch: http://www.collegeconfidential.com/college_search/

Database with multiply adjustable search criteria. (See Shelley's review of this tool when it first came out, here.)


DegreeCast: http://degreecast.com

A specialized search engine that includes information from college course guides so that you potentially have access to more information about the program(s) you're interested in. Especially powerful for those students who have a clear academic focus. 


The Princeton Review:  http://www.princetonreview.com/college-education.aspx
A more subjective look at college search and selection; uses student ratings of various aspects of college life to inform. Your students are probably referencing this site. Also has an extensive section on SAT and ACT preparation.

Peterson’s: http://www.petersons.com  Info not only on colleges and universities but on summer programs (possibly the most extensive data on the web for summer programs).

National Survey of Student Engagement:  http://nsse.iub.edu/html/students_parents.cfm   Housed at Indiana University Bloomington, NSSE (pronounced “Nessie”) provides results from extensive surveys distributed to undergraduate students at schools in Canada and the US. Colleges and universities may choose not to share data so one may be disappointed that certain schools are not listed here. Results are also not yet sortable.

National Association for College Admission Counseling: (NACAC) http://www.nacacnet.org/Pages/default.aspx   Information not only concerning college search and selection but also regarding admissions policies, financial aid and college counseling resources.  Some parts of site restricted to NACAC members

Inside College: http://www.insidecollege.com/reno/home.do  Companion site to The College Finder by Steven Antonoff. Search function not as transparent as it could be, lots of subjective criteria, but still helpful, especially for unusual interests.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act:  http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html  This is the US Dept. of Education site for FERPA (“The Buckley Amendment”) and the most comprehensive resource on this topic

Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data Assessment: http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
If you didn’t get enough from the College Navigator site & you want to create tables/compare data on your own, this is your Nirvana.

International resources:

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada: http://www.aucc.ca/
The most comprehensive site for current information about schools in Canada

University and College Application Service of the United Kingdom: http://www.ucas.com The most comprehensive site for current information about schools in the United Kingdom and the source for the Common Application used by all 153 institutions of higher education in the UK

Sample Financial Aid sites:

Project on Student Debt: http://www.projectonstudentdebt.org

Merit Aid: http://www.meritaid.com/

Sample windows on campus life:

CollegeWeekLive: http://collegeweeklive.com  Comprehensive online college fair that includes good general information as well as multiple opportunities to learn about individual colleges and universities

YouTube Edu: http://www.youtube.com/education Videos and college-specific channels from college and university partners of YouTube.

iTunes U: http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/  “A powerful distribution system for everything from lectures to language lessons, films to labs, audiobooks to tours; an innovative way to get educational content into the hands of students.”

Sample specialty searches:

AACSB-accredited Business Schools: http://bestbizschools.com/


Canadian Universities database: http://www.aucc.ca/canadian-universities/study-programs

Campus Climate Index: http://www.campusclimateindex.org/  Aims to offer an ongoing, effective measurement tool to improve the quality of life for LGBT and Ally people on college/university campuses and to assist campuses in becoming more LGBT-Friendly.

Honors Colleges: http://www.nchchonors.org/memberinstitution.shtml

(Some of these resources initially recommended by Cigus Vanni of Cherry Hill East & Shelley Krause of Rutgers Prep in connection with a PACAC presentation in 2010. The list was then revised and expanded by Shelley Krause in conjunction with a 2010 NJACAC presentation.)

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