College Planning Resources on the Web

Comprehensive Websites

The US Department of Education’s comprehensive college planning website.

More than 500 colleges and universities subscribe to the Common Application.  Students should be sure to keep track of deadlines and individual college supplemental materials.


Testing Information

The College Board’s websites includes information about the SATs, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, college-level examination programs, and advanced placement (AP) programs. It also offers the CSS/Financial Profile, a financial aid application service that many institutions use in determining family contribution and financial assistance packages.

The ACT test is a widely accepted college entrance exam. It assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple choice test covers four skill areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science.

Information and registration for the Test of English as a Foreign Language.  The TOEFL is a  standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers who wish to enroll in US universities.

Fair Test provides a list of colleges and universities that do not require the SATs or the ACTs.

SAT Subject Test requirements (and options) at American colleges.  Please read the page carefully, and note the cautionary line that appears just before the list:  “Please visit the school website or call the admissions office for the most accurate information.”

Financial Aid

To learn more about the free application for Federal Student Aid and to fill out the application online.

Billed as the internet’s “largest free scholarship search,” this site includes more than 275,000 listings.

A college search service as well as a scholarship database of over 500,000 listings.

Large college scholarship database, frequently updated.

A comprehensive list of links, including financial aid forms and scholarships; provides the best links to sources of information about student financial aid on the Internet.

Higher Education Assistance Authority of New Jersey’s website.  Provides downloadable applications for NJCLASS  loans, which help bridge the gap between financial aid, scholarships, federal student loan eligibility and family contributions.

Information on loans.

The official website of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, another governing body of college sports.

Learning Disabilities Resources

The world’s leading website on learning disabilities and A.D.H.D.

Jewish Life on Campus  Information about religious life on individual campuses, e-mail addresses, direct links to websites.   A good jumping off point to connect with students at the colleges that interest you.

 Reading List for College Planning

Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know about Getting Into College by Sally Springer, Jon Reider, and Joyce Morgan

Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADD, Thomson/Peterson’s

Colleges That Change Lives – 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges by Loren Pope

Colleges That Change Lives – 40 Schools You Should Know About Even If you’re Not a Straight-A Student by Loren Pope

Don’t Miss Out: The Ambitious Student’s Guide to Financial Aid by Anna J., Robert, and Anna Leider

Letting Go – A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn

Looking Beyond the Ivy League by Loren Pope

On Writing the College Application Essay by Harry Bauld

Raising Healthy Kids in an Unhealthy World by David Altshuler

The College Finder – Choosing the School That’s Right for You – Third Edition by Steven Antonoff

The Fiske Guide  by Edward B. Fiske

The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges  by Yale Daily News Staff

The K&W Guide to colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADD by The Princeton Review

The Official SAT Study Guide by The College Board

The Real ACT Prep Guide