• Big Future – Use this comprehensive search engine for college searches with multiple criteria, along with guidance on financial aid, scholarships, and career searches.
  • Campus Security & Safety (CSS) – Go to this Department of Education site for up-to-date statistics on campus safety.
  • California Colleges – Use this comprehensive website to learn about college options in California.
  • College Confidential – Look for student forums on a variety of topics including college life.
  • College Data – Use this fantastic resource to easily peruse colleges’ Common Data Sets.
  • College Results Online – Find up-to-date data on 4-year college graduation rates by The Education Trust.
  • Colleges That Changes Lives – Visit the CTCL website to learn more about these 45 life-changing liberal arts schools that are unknown to many families; the schools host traveling college fairs as a group.
  • CollegeXPRESS – Online resource that contains well-researched college lists expanded from Steven Antonoff’s The College Finder, along with a search engine for private scholarships.
  • Educate to Career – Go to this non-profit’s site for data relating to college admissions, educational attainment and career outcomes.
  • Mark Moody’s Quick & Dirty College List Builder – See how your grades and test scores match up with colleges with this color-coded matrix.
  • Noodle – Noodle is an easy-to-navigate college directory with brief overviews, student comments, and even Tweets from colleges.
  • Parchment – Calculate your chances of admission using Parchment’s huge database compiled from their transcript services.
  • QS World Ranking – Use the QS World Rankings by Subject for the most accurate data on the top schools in a variety of majors.
  • Test Optional Schools – FairTest is the definitive resource on the 1,000+ schools that now have test-optional or test-flexible admissions policies.
  • Unigo – Get college reviews by students and calculate your chances of admission, though with less accuracy than at Parchment; look for scholarships, too.
  • US News & World Report College Search – While the relationship between the US News rankings and educational quality is debatable, their rankings by major can jump-start a college search.
  • Campus Sherpa – If you want to hire a college tour company, this is a great choice for personalized campus tours led by students.
  • GoSeeCampus – Use this free online tool to help plan your campus visits.
  • A Pocket Guide to Choosing a College – Use this fantastic resource from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to help prepare for college visits; it includes questions for students to ask during visits.
  • YouVisit – If you can’t visit campuses in person, use this site to find authentic virtual tours of colleges.
  • Academic Info – A great resource, created by a librarian, to search for online learning programs.
  • Academic Earth – Find open online courses in any subject.
  • California Student Aid Commission – Apply for Cal Grant aid that can be used at California colleges.
  • CollegeBoard EFC Calculator – Use this calculator to get an early estimate of your Expected Family Contribution.
  • CSS Profile – Over 200 mostly private schools require submission of the CSS Profile to apply for financial aid.
  • FASFA – If it isn’t free, it isn’t the real FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid; beware similar websites that ask for payment of a fee.
  • Federal Student Aid – Learn more about Federal Aid, including student loans, and the FAFSA at this site.
  • National Association of Financial Aid Administrators – Go to the NASFAA website for the most up-to-date information about applying for and receiving financial aid.
  • NCAA Eligibility Center – Registering is the first step for aspiring DI college athletes.
  • NAIA Eligibility Center – Register here to play DII sports in college.
  • Be Recruited – Create a profile on this site for coaches to see.
  • MaxPreps – Sign up with MaxPreps if you are an athlete seeking recruitment in team sports.