College Resources

Researching Colleges


College MatchMaker

College Prowler

U.S. Department of Education Accredited Colleges

The Best 366 Colleges (Princeton Review)


Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools You Should Know About Even If You're Not a Straight-A Student (Loren Pope)

Cool Colleges: For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late-Blooming, and Just Plain Different (Donald Asher)

Fiske Guide to Colleges (Edward Fiske)

The Hidden Ivies (Greenes' Guides)

The Insider's Guide to the Colleges: Students on Campus Tell You What you Really Want to Know (Yale Daily News)

Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That's Right for You (Loren Pope)

The Public Ivies (Geenes' Guides)


Talent Searches

Johns Hopkins CTY (Center for Talented Youth)

Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program)

Pomona College Mathematical Talent Search

St. Olaf ETS (Educational Talent Search)

Portland State Upward Bound Educational Talent Search

New Hampshire Educational Talent Search

San Diego State Pre-College Search

University of Maryland Educational Talent Search


Test Registration and Application Logistics


College Board (SAT & AP)

Common Application

Application Strategies

Alison and Anna downloaded all their tips and tricks for cracking every section of the college application into their book How to Prepare a Standout College Application (available in stores and on Amazon). Readers can stay in touch with us through our book page on Facebook, where we post regularly. We especially welcome photos of your copy of the book, hopefully dog-eared, festooned with post-its, and used. Email us photos here and we'll put them up on Facebook.



Team member Joyce co-authored Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know about Getting Into College. It's the perfect complement to Alison and Anna's book, because it gives a whole overview of the entire admissions process, including picking the right school, navigating the financial aid process, and much more. (Available in stores and on Amazon.)




A is for Admission (Michele Hernandez)

Acing the College Application (Michele Hernandez)

Admissions Confidential: An Insider's Account of the Elite College Selection Process (Rachel Toor)

The Early Admissions Game: Joining the Elite (Christopher Avery et al.)

The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College (Jacques Steinberg)

On Writing the College Application Essay: The Key to Acceptance and the College of your Choice (Harry Bauld)

The Truth About Getting In (Katherine Cohen)

What It Really Takes to Get Into Ivy League and Other Highly Selective Colleges (Chuck Hughes)


Financing College





FAFSA on the Web

Federal Government Direct Loans

State Financial Aid

IRS Topics for Students


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Financial Aid for College (David Rye)

Paying for College (Kaplan)


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