College Links

Listed below are a variety of websites that we feel will be helpful to you. We have tried to compile sites that will cover all aspects of the search and selection process. The most important sites on the Internet are listed here. Of course, we do not necessarily agree with the content on each site, but we feel that each site will be useful to you. Good luck!

Be sure to check the Career Links page for connections with many other websites that offer online career testing, salary and employment projections in many fields, relationships between college majors and careers, and many other career-related ideas to help you make your college experience a success.

For your convenience, the links on this page are divided into four sections:

If you missed the College Planning Seminar on January 28 you can peek at the slides here.

Websites Content Summary
College Searches, College Planning, General Resources
ACT Register for the ACT, do college searches.
Adventist Colleges and Universities Resource for students and parents for schools with Adventist backgrounds
American Association of Medical Colleges General information on medical schools, this site also contains a list of accelerated programs.
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Good answers about pharmacy programs, including the accelerated entry programs are included.
American Universities It has links to every college web page in the United States.
Association of Colleges and Universities of Canada A good site for Canadian schools – these are currently a great value.
British Council Students can locate study programs within the United Kingdom.
Campus Security Crime statistics are included for any college in the United States
Campus Tours Virtual tours of many colleges are featured. It might be useful to explore some schools that you will not be able to visit.
Cappex Free college and scholarship search engine
Career Cruising This comprehensive site purchased by the district allows students to create a portfolio that will stay with them throughout their high school years. Includes comprehensive career information, college searches, and resume building tools. User Name: wfremd Password: vikings
Catholic Colleges Searches can be done by region of the country for families who wish to focus on colleges with Catholic backgrounds.
Christian Colleges and Universities Try the “Resource Center” for a search program that will help families look for schools with Christian backgrounds.
College Board Register for the SAT, do extensive college searches, and learn about financial aid.
College Guide for Parents This site contains nice resources for your parents. There are many free resources on this site- you do not have to pay to get the help.
CollegePortrait This site allows students to compare costs, locations, academic programs, grad rates, activities, safety, etc.
CollegeProfiles This custom search allows students to select colleges by cost, location and academic majors
College Rankings 1 This is a very good source for links to accrediting groups; use this information to assess the relative strength of a college program in your major field of study.
College Rankings 2 This is similar to College Rankings 1. This site helps you find colleges with professional accreditation.
CollegeNet Listings of colleges and universities are included; many college applications are here; some aspects of this site may require a fee, so it may not be the best for you.
College Sports Scholarships Use the “Tools” section for helpful advice about constructing an athletic resume and other issues of importance to athletes. We are NOT endorsing the recruiting services provided by this site. Those are fee-based services.
Collegezone This is the main planning site sponsored by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, our state agency for college financial aid.
Collegiate Information “The source for all collegiate information” says it all.
CollegeView Extensive college search information is here. The searches are exhaustive and accurate.
Common Application The Common Application, used by 255 selective colleges and universities as an application. DO NOT use this form unless the college to which you are applying is on the list to accept it.
CyberGuidance High School HS Guidance site contains extensive lists of college and career sites on the web. It’s good, but there may be too many links here for the average person. The careers section is good.
District 211 Links to the Post High School Planning Guide, College Guide for Parents of Freshmen, and College Guide for Parents of Sophomores, our own publications.
Graduation Rates Use this site to check the graduation rates at any school or schools. It also finds similar schools to the one you are thinking about.
High School Hub Lots of good links to various options are included, and the site is written for the high school student. A nice section on test review practice is included.
Hillel Campus based organization for Jewish students offers information and support.
iTransfer This unique site lets students research which college courses are transferable within Illinois; see also “Transfer Courses” site below for the same information nationally.
Illinois Universities- at a Glance This brochure gives basic admissions information about our state universities and features a chart which graphically illustrates each major field of study and which of our state universities offers it.
Learning Disabled This contains a collection of links and information explaining the issues unique to the student with a learning disability. Try the “search LD online” section for the quickest and most relevant answers.
Learning Disabled 2 Links and information for students with learning disabilities are also available here.
Midwest Student Exchange Program The Midwest Student Exchange Program, or MSEP, is a multi-state tuition reciprocity program. Through the MSEP, public institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for specific programs.
My Majors Fill out a brief survey about your experiences in high school, and this site will suggest up to 6 college majors that might be good for you.
NCAA This is the site for potential athletes. However, all parents should check for college graduation rates as a way to evaluate colleges. For easiest use, click on “Site Index” at the top right side of the page.
NCAA Eligibility Center Eligibility Center for NCAA sports: this contains the form that all potential college athletes must complete. You will need to do this during your senior year.
Residency for In-State Tuition This site allows you to view the residency requirements to pay in-state tuition at each of the 50 states.
Simple Tuition College Tuition’s College Cost Adjuster allows students to customize their financial aid to find a monthly payment they can afford when they graduate.
StudentEdge Follow the link to an excellent source for students to take practice ACT, SAT, PSAT tests. Users must create a profile. Fremd’s Access Code is: EQUURBZN There is also a college and scholarship search engine.
Study in Canada This is a comprehensive site for Canadian schools.
Trade and Technical Schools in Illinois Lists of every trade, technical, and proprietary school in Illinois are included for your use.
Transfer College Courses Transfer courses from one college to another across the nation are indexed here.
2-Year Colleges Listing of 2-year colleges across the United States, this can be useful for students considering a move to another part of the country.
U.S. News and World Report U.S. News and World Report puts their college rankings magazine issue online.
U-CAN Provides concise, comparable, colorful, web-based, and user-friendly profiles of hundreds of private colleges and universities.
College Sites for Minority Students
Black Excel Scroll to the middle of the page for great resources.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Excellent resources for Hispanic students are available on this site.
Hispanic Outlook More resources for Hispanic students are included.
Hispanic Scholarships 1 Sponsored by the National Education Association, it is designed to uncover aid opportunities.
Hispanic Students Further resources for Hispanic students are here; it includes scholarships unique to Hispanic students.
Historically Black Colleges 1 Links to home pages of Historically Black Colleges and Universities are easy to find.
Historically Black Colleges 2 Links to all HBCU websites are here- it’s another option.
Latino Web Popular web site for college-level Hispanic students, this one is undergoing some renovation. Subject matter may or may not be appropriate.
Thurgood Marshall Fund Scholarships for African-Americans are sponsored by this well-known organization.
College Testing
ACT Register for the ACT, do college searches; order additional score reports.
College Board Register for the SAT, do extensive college searches and locate financial aid information. You can also order additional score reports.
Number 2 One example of online test review sites for ACT and SAT, it is useful.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Bright Start This is a “529” savings plan sponsored by the State Treasurer of Illinois. It is an excellent alternative for college savings. Read about your options and review some of the other related sites below.
College Board There is excellent financial aid information here, along with a link to the Profile service, required by some private colleges.
College Illinois This is a 529 savings plan administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. This is a special type of 529 plan that allows parents to purchase tuition contracts. Also, please see “Independent 529 Plans,” below.
College Savings This site explains 529 college savings plans. It is sponsored by state treasurers throughout the country.
CollegeZone Website for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Contains many links to state scholarship programs and to state-sponsored financial aid programs. You can calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for financial aid- confidentially- at this site!
FAFSA This is a direct link to the FAFSA: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is required by every college and university in the United States. You can also calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for financial aid- confidentially- at this site!
FastWeb This is one of the best known and most useful sites for doing scholarship searches.
FinAid There is a vast wealth of information on scholarships, scholarship scams, and financial aid programs. Parents: for some excellent help, type “maximize aid eligibility” into the search box on this site.
Federal Student Aid Good explanation of all federal financial aid programs and options for parents and students
Financial Fit Lewis University has sponsored all current juniors/seniors at FHS to receive the Financial Fit Program. This website contains tutorials, worksheets, and spreadsheets aimed to help families consider multiple factors (including FAFSA) in making an informed decision about their student’s college education. The username for each student is d211 followed by their 6-digit student ID (denoted by the “9”s). The password is “lewis”.

EXAMPLE LOG-IN Username: d211999999 Password: lewis

After successfully logging-in, go to “My Tools” and click on “Financial Fit Program”.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission This is the home page for our own state financial aid agency. It contains many links and good explanations of college financing options.
Independent 529 Plans This is a variation on the 529 plans described above. This particular site highlights a special plan that is sponsored by 240 different private colleges.
Profile This is the service offered by the College Board and required by some colleges. DO NOT use this service unless it is required by your college.
Saving for College This thorough guide explains and compares 529 plans.
Scholarship Scams A direct link to good information for parents about scholarship scams is here.
Scholarship Search 1 FASTWEB: This is one of the best known and most useful sites for doing scholarship searches.
Scholarship Search 2 FINAID.ORG: There is a vast wealth of information on scholarships, scholarship scams, and financial aid programs.
Scholarship Search 3 College Answer includes a scholarship search service.
Scholarship Search 4 Scholarship Resource Network is a legitimate scholarship search site. Because it is a business, it may send you additional advertising.
Scholarship Search 5 Scholarships.com is a legitimate scholarship search site. Because it is a business, it may send you additional advertising.
Scholarship Search 6 Free Scholarship Info is a legitimate scholarship search site. Because it is a business, it may send you additional advertising.
Scholarship Search 7 This is a newer entrant in the scholarship search category.
Understanding Financial Aid Awards Part of the College Board site, this page allows families to compare aid awards to see which ones are really best. Easy-to-understand pages explain the components of award letters.