Internet and book resources
As I am sure you know, the world wide web contains a great many resources for university research, so check it out. Here’s a list of websites to get you started. Please contact the guidance office for a more comprehensive list.
College Search Sites
Essential information about applying to British Universities. This is the official UK university website. All UK courses and colleges can be accessed through UCAS.
http://www.studential.com: Great student forum.
http://www.unistats.direct.gov.uk: An official statistical site including the latest National Student Survey.
a lot of useful information about campus visits, interviews, and other parts of the college search process. Downloadable applications for many schools and a solid, comprehensive search engine. Tons of information about the SAT, including on-line registration.
a good search engine for college searches with a wide array of variables, including location, academics, sports, student life, housing, and a school-match profile.
detailed search engine, with wide-ranging criteria that include diversity, field of study, religious affiliation, athletics, and services for disabled students.
campus news, advice on writing application essays, and a college-search engine. Lots of information about summer activities.
interesting discussions about college admissions issues, including early decision.
Financial Aid Resources on the Internet for the USA
FinAid® is a free, comprehensive, objective, and independent guide to all student financial aid resources on the web. It includes numerous home-grown resources such as financial aid calculators, an overview of financial aid, scam alerts, a glossary, a bibliography, and a searchable Title IV School Code database, in addition to annotated links to more than 500 external financial aid sites. There is also a section devoted to resources for financial aid administrators.
NASFAA (National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators) NASFAA Public Page (for students and their families) http://www.finaid.org/nasfaa/
FAFSA Form and Instructions
Scholarship and Fellowship Databases
FastWEB: Financial Aid Search Through the web. The best scholarship search database around.
College Planning Bibliography
(Most of the following texts and many more are available to be borrowed from the Guidance Office)
The Times Good University Guide
Contains the most up-to-date league tables on more than 60 subject areas and over 100 UK universities: one of the most definitive guides available.
Choosing your Degree Course & University by Brian Heap.
With over 1,200 degree subjects and 55,000 courses to choose from, this guide will help in that choice.
The Virgin Guide to British Universities by the Times Educational Supplement
Packed with no nonsense advice, practical information and unrivalled student opinion. This is an honest guide to choosing the best university for you.
USA - Factual, statistics focused guidebooks
Comparative Guide to American Colleges and Universities, James Cass and Max Birnbaum, Harper and Row
Comprehensive guide to colleges, unique for its discussion of academic climate, pressure, unusual academic characteristics, most popular majors.
More opinionated guidebooks
Fiske Guide to Colleges, Edward Fiske, New York Times Press
Edward Fiske is the education editor for the New York Times. In this work Fiske captures the ambience of each school in addition to the statistics. He uses a star rating system to assess the academics and quality of life for each school. He also flags schools that are a “best buy” and provides lists of schools strongest in certain areas of interest. This guide is a “must buy.”
The Best 368 Colleges, Princeton Review
This is a very good resource with lots of statistics as well as opinions about the colleges in a highly-readable format. It includes a breakdown of the student body by ethnicity, a list of each institution’s most common “overlap” of schools that students apply to, financial aid information, and more. The lists of schools ranked by category are both informative and entertaining.
The Public Ivys, Richard Moll
Reviewing public universities that Moll says equal the Ivys, this work includes interesting information about the ambiance of each school, as well as finances, most popular majors, and quotations by students, faculty and administrators. Lots of information on the venerable UC system, as well as public powerhouses University of Michigan, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, and other great public institutions. Helps the student to analyze all of the possibilities.
Cool Colleges – for the Hyper Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Bloomers, and Just Plain Different, Donald Asher
An amusing, highly informative book full of facts, anecdotes, and critical thinking about just how many flavors colleges and students come in, and how to match them up. Includes a list of the “coolest” colleges, which are not surprisingly also some of the best colleges. Check it out!
Harvard Schmarvard, Jay Mathews
Written by a Harvard man, this book blows the myth apart that an Ivy League education is the best one. As the education editor for Newsweek, Mathews has gathered tons of valuable information about: (1) great colleges, (2) insider secrets on writing essays and getting off waitlists, (3) the truth about the US News and World Report rankings, and (4) a personal questionnaire to determine the right college fit for you.
Truth about Getting In and Rock Hard Apps, Katherine Cohen
These books explain the admission process and what you can do to get an edge. Putting together the best application possible is vitally important, and these books tell you how to do it.