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College and Career Planning Resources

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There are many worthwhile publications and websites about college and career planning - too many, it may seem. With that in mind, Laurie Kiguchi draws on her experience as a college and career advisor to select those that seem most relevant and user-friendly (see also Hot Topics).

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Stevens Institute of Technology
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Stevens Institute of Technology

Beware of college rankings!

College Rankings insights the National Association for College Admission Counseling

The Order of Things — What College Rankings Really Tell Us article by Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker

Who’s No. 1? As College Rankings Proliferate, It Depends article by Nick Anderson in The Washington Post

Here’s a New College Ranking, Based Entirely on Other College Rankings article by Nick Anderson in The Washington Post

Why College Rankings Are a Joke article by Frank Bruni in The New York Times

“You can slice and dice it any way you like, but this isn’t like Consumer Reports, which tests something to see if it does or doesn’t work,” he said.
“The interaction between a student and an institution is not the same as the interaction between a student and a refrigerator.”
author Frank Bruni quoting Willard Dix

“Reviews and Opinions” Guides (user-friendly)

The Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward B. Fiske (counselor input) **included in Guided Path college planning program for clients

The Best 381 Colleges by The Princeton Review

The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges:  Students on Campus Tell You What You Really Want to Know - Yale Daily News - info direct from students

America's Best Colleges for B Students by Tamra Orr

Cool Colleges for the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late-Blooming, and Just Plain Different by Donald Asher

Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope, Revised by Hilary Oswald (4th edition, 2012)


 “Objective Data” Guides (encyclopedic)

College Board’s College Handbook

Peterson’s Guide to Colleges

Concordia University Portland
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A Message from Concordia University Portland

The Value of a Liberal Arts Education and Perspectives on Life After College

Liberal Arts Grads Win Long-Term Inside Higher Ed article on future success of liberal arts grads

Students Struggle for Words Wall Street Journal describes need for writing skills

Buying a Refrigerator, Choosing a College The Chronicle of Higher Education weighs in on “buying” a college education

In an Age of Metrics, Liberal Arts Education Still Holds Value — Duke University president addresses the future of liberal arts education

College (Un)bound — The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students by Jeff Selingo (2013)

There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow by Jeff Selingo (2016)

Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses by Richard Arum (2011)

Credentials and Competencies: Demonstrating the Economic Value of Postsecondary Education Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce article by Dr. Anthony Carnevale, Director

Avoiding the Frenzy — Finding a Match and Keeping Perspective

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni (2015)

Less Stress, More Success by Marilee Jones and Kenneth Ginsburg (2006)

College Admissions Shocker – a wry look at reality of college admissions

Reasons for Hope While Applying to College — real life approaches to thinking about college admissions and college choice

The Passion of Parenting — thoughts about keeping perspective on raising children

How to Be a High School Superstar:  A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out) by Cal Newport (2010)

The Match Between You and MIT — apply these ideas to match with any college or university

State of College Admission — report by the National Association for College Admission Counseling

Developing Strengths for Success

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth (2016)

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough (2013)

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck (2007)

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin Seligman (2006)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


College Search Engines and Databases – official website of the College Board Big Future college planning site – official website of the ACT – Colleges That Change Lives – info about the CTCL colleges – online reviews, documents, videos, and photos created by students at more than 1600 colleges across the country – college search, lists, scholarships, and summer programs – one-stop shopping for videos of colleges, student reviews – College Navigator – U.S. Dept. of Ed. college data and search engine – U.S. Dept. of Ed College Scorecard for college fit and affordability – SuperMatch college search, college profiles, scholarship info – college search, college profiles, scattergrams, scholarship info – college search by region, college profiles, admissions chances – college search aimed at lower income students with fewer resources, run by Professor Rebecca Joseph of Cal State LA – search for colleges and universities that are test-optional in admissions by FairTest, The National Center for Fair and Open Testing – official website of the Common Application

College websites – general and admissions info, admissions office blogs, twitter, facebook

College Safety – U.S. Department of Education Campus Safety and Security searchable database Safety Magazine – Armed Campuses data on campus gun laws/control – user rankings of safest colleges

College websites – colleges must publish a report on crimes/safety by Oct. 1 of each year to be compliant with the Clery Act

College Visits – free tool for planning college trips plus college videos – resources for planning college visits plus ratings/comments by students who have visited – mobile app for planning college visits, including tour days and times!

Tip Sheet: A Family's Lessons From the College Tour from the New York Times The Choice blog with links to related posts – Diversity College Weekend Visits compiled by Get Me to College organization, run by Professor Rebecca Joseph of Cal State LA

UC Merced
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University of California Merced

California and Western Colleges/Universities – official UC admissions website – check individual campus websites also

UC In the News – breaking news from the University of California – UC database for a-g courses for high schools, community colleges, and approved online providers and – official California State University admissions websites – check individual campus websites also – website for CA public college/university transferability and majors – overview of CA private and public colleges

wue.wiche.ed – Western Undergraduate Exchange, offering reduced out-of-state tuition at participating two- and four-year institutions

College Admissions Testing, How to Choose, Accommodations – official website of the College Board for PSAT, SAT, and SAT Subject Test information – official website of the ACT – LOTS of useful info

Who Should Choose the SAT Over the More Popular ACT? What if Practice Test Scores Are Inconclusive? – ideas to consider when choosing the SAT or ACT by Compass Education Group

ACT: Request Accommodations – guidance from ACT

Services for Students with Disabilities: Ensuring Accommodations on College Board Exams – guidance from the College Board on SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and Advanced Placement exams

Sweeping Changes to SAT and ACT Accommodations – Jed Applerouth provides an overview of the changes in the accommodations approval process for college admissions testing

Test Prep and Tutoring Resources Where Students Have Had Good Experiences – dynamic online individualized test prep in association with the College Board; keys to student's own PSAT and test prep results; free short video tutorials on math, science, humanities, and test prep – Compass Education Group. Individual test prep in your home. – Catalyst Test Prep. Individual test prep in your home. Also offer boot camps but these are not recommended. – Applerouth Tutoring Services. Interactive one-on-one tutoring in online format for academic support and test preparation; not inexpensive but a high quality online option. – ArborBridge Tutoring and Test Prep Services. Interactive one-on-one tutoring in online format for academic support and test preparation; not inexpensive but a high quality online option. – free practice SAT tests and prep including strategy – The Tutoring Club. Individual tutoring and test prep at locations in Santa Cruz County. – Higher Standards Academy test prep and math tutoring. Small groups and private instruction. – Search engine for individual tutors, by subject and location.

Colorado School of Mines
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Colorado School of Mines

Financial Aid and Scholarships

College websites!!!look for financial aid policies plus scholarship opportunities

Nine Signs That Your Teen Graduates with Student Loans – guidance on avoiding huge student debt – Fund Your Future - guide to financial aid from CA Student Aid Commission – federal website for student aid – FAFSA, grants, loans –official website for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), link to estimator for Expected Family Contribution (EFC) – federal College Affordability and Transparency Center – College Board website for CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE application – info on financial aid, scholarships, financial aid calculators – easy to use info on the financial aid process — tips for understanding aid, getting, aid, filing the forms, student loans, loan repayment – interactive tool to compare college costs across institutions by the Chronicle of Higher Ed and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,,,, – register to be matched to many private scholarships – merit aid search engine

The College Solution – resources and a blog and about financial aid news and advice

Need financial advice about paying for college? Try Stephen Shapiro, CPA - Tuition Solutions Now

St. John's College Santa Fe
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St. John's College Santa Fe

Transition to College - For Students

Been There, Should Have Done That, 3rd ed. by S. Tyler, 2008. Lansing, MI: Front Porch Press. (funny, easy to read)

How to Survive Your Freshman Year, 4th ed. by S.C. Silverman and F. Northcutt, 2010. Atlanta, GA: Hundreds of Heads Books. (funny, extensive, conversational)

How to Win at College: Surprising Secrets for Success from the Country's Top Students. by C. Newport, 2005. New York: Broadway Books. (some counter-intuitive suggestions to consider, conversational)

Cal Newport's blog is interesting too: – observations and advice that cut to the chase.

Textbooks can be bought new or used, sold back after use, rented, and also accessed as e-books. Read about Google selling them online.

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Transition to College - For Parents

The Passion of Parenting — thoughts about keeping perspective on raising children

The Launching Years: Strategies for Parents from Senior Year to College Life. by L. Kastner, 2003. Three Rivers Press. (thoughtful ideas from clinical psychologist and clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington)

Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years. by H. Johnson and C. Schelhas-Miller, 2011. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. (funny but comprehensive, useful advice from and founder of Cornell Univ.'s first Parents' Program and a former Cornell Dean)

Empty Nest, Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College by A. Van Steenhouse, Ph.D., 2002. Denver: Simpler Life Press (practical advice from a psychologist mom)

Parenting Secrets of a College Professor – amusing take on sending your children off to college

I'm Going to College – Not You! Surviving the College Search with Your Child edited by J. Delahunty, Dean at Kenyon College, 2010. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. (writings by admissions directors, college professors, authors, and journalists addressing issues from how a parent can be less of a "helicopter" and more of a "booster rocket" to how will you keep from wanting to kill each other)

Graduation Wisdom – Look Behind You – thoughts on appreciating what's past

Getting Your Legal House in Order Before Your Adult Child Leaves for College – tips for being able to serve as legal decision-maker for medical and educational issues regarding your child

Stay calm. There are very few true emergencies.

Don't just do something, stand there. Let your children learn to take care of themselves.

St. Joseph's University
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St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia

Careers and Majors – CHECK THESE OUT! Forbes Top 100 Websites for Your Career – My Road college majors and career planning tool – ACT career planning, college majors, World of Work – occupation information and career preparation, based on data from the U.S. Dept. of Labor – all you want to know about college majors – career planning tools and information – a look at the many types of jobs required for one particular project: Rebuilding Alvin – Conversations with the People Who Designed and Built the New and Improved Version of the Submarine

Local Schools

Public High Schools

Aptos High School

Ceiba College Prep

Cypress Charter High School

Harbor High School

Oasis High School

Pacific Coast Charter School

Pajaro Valley High School

Renaissance High School

Santa Cruz High School

Scotts Valley High School

Soquel High School

Watsonville High School

Pacific Collegiate School

Pacific Coast Charter School

Private High Schools

Bellarmine College Prep

Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School

Monte Vista Christian School

Presentation High School

Robert Louis Stevenson School

Colleges and Universities

Cabrillo College

California State University Monterey Bay

San Jose State University

University of California Santa Cruz

Your future depends on many things, but mostly you.
— Frank Tyger