Applying to College This Fall? Check Out These Helpful Resources
The college admissions season is officially underway, and there’s a lot that high school seniors need to do between now and application deadlines on Jan. 1. The college application process can be confusing, but there are a number of online resources that can help students and parents navigate the process this fall.
There’s a lot of information out there about the US admissions process, including what to expect when applying and how to navigate the Common App or the Coalition application. What students and parents have to be mindful of, however, is how reliable those resources are. It’s important when learning about the college admissions process to investigate your sources in order to ensure that you’re getting the most recent and accurate information available. Luckily, we’re here to share with you a few of our favorite online college admissions resources for seniors.
Here are a few online resources that can help you make the most of your college admissions experience this fall.
IvyWise’s team of expert counselors is made up of former deans and directors of admission from some of the country’s most selective colleges and universities. The team at IvyWise has a wealth of knowledge about the US college admissions process, and you can find college admissions tips and advice from our expert counselors in the IvyWise Knowledgebase. The Knowlegebase includes free resources like our database of informational articles, College Planning Checklist, College Admissions Guide, Academics and Test Prep Checklist, and our US College Admissions Guide for International Students. We also have information on admissions statics, and a video library with dozens of videos with expert tips and advice from our team of counselors. The IvyWise College Admissions Blog also has the most recent and relevant college admissions tips, news, and advice, including information on statistics, the Common App, decision notification dates, and more.
The College Board
The College Board is responsible for developing and administering the PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP courses and exams, so it’s very likely that you’ll encounter one or more of College Board’s resources throughout high school. In addition to study materials for all of the exams mentioned above, the College Board also offers free college search tools to help you research schools in order to build a balanced college list.
Another great college search and research tool is College Navigator. This resource is managed by the Department of Education, and includes data and statistics provided directly by colleges and universities in the US. Students can research information on admissions statistics, average financial aid, average test scores of admitted students, and more all in one place.
Grades and test scores are the important factors that colleges consider when evaluating college applications, so it’s important for students to take advantage of academic and test prep resources – especially free ones. Khan Academy offers free SAT test prep resources, as well as lessons for subjects like math, science, US history, computer programming, and more.
US News & World Report
US News & World Report is known for their college rankings, however, the publication also has a wealth of articles about the admissions process that can be informative for students applying to college this fall. While we never advise students to make college decisions based on rankings lists, the data compiled to calculate the rankings can be useful. US News also frequently interviews admissions experts, including those at IvyWise, to bring the latest advice and news to readers.