College Counseling Resources
How to Choose a College
Click here to review a set of questions that will hopefully be helpful as you determine which colleges to apply to. The options you choose are just that—choices that you believe will best provide the academic environment and culture necessary for you to pursue your collegiate studies. There is no set of “right answers” that these questions presume. What is best for one family and student is not necessarily best for another. With that being said, however, the importance of a strong Christian fellowship group on campus and a student-friendly, biblically sound local church that is easily accessible should be high on your priority list.
- Naviance: Students are encouraged to use their personal Naviance account
- College Board: www.collegeboard.com
- Fastweb: www.fastweb.com
- Princeton Review: www.review.com
- Peterson: www.petersons.com
- College Majors 101: www.collegemajors101.com (This site will give you virtual tours of colleges and universities. Each school is asked the same questions to help prevent bias in the presentation. They are really more like virtual profiles because the college stats are also there. It is fairly new so they are adding colleges almost every day.).
- Brain Track: www.braintrack.com Established in 1996, BrainTrack is cited by thousands of sites, including: universities like Stanford, Harvard, and Yale; libraries like the US Library of Congress; and publishers like the New York Times and Elsevier. Their site features a directory of over 10,000 higher education institutions from over 190 countries, thousands of which have original profiles. They also provide original articles on topics such as financial aid, accreditation, degrees, certifications, transfers, and studying in the US. There are no costs or registrations for linking to or using the information on BrainTrack.
- How to Write a College Application Essay, by Margaret Metzger
- The Art of the College Essay, by Gabrielle Glancy
- Common Application: allows a student to fill out one application form and recommendation form for filing at more than one college or university. While more than 200 selective colleges and universities accept the Common Application, many require a supplement, which can be accessed from their web sites.
How to Write a College Resume
Here is a sample resume to help you get an idea of what you may brainstorm and put into your own resume. Students are required to use the resume builder within Naviance.
- 2015 Guide To FAFSA, CSS Profile, College Financial Aid And Expected Family Contribution (EFC) – Forbes article
- FAFSA: www.fafsa.ed.gov
- To apply for PIN needed for the FAFSA and CSS: www.pin.ed.gov
- CSS Profile (for list of schools who require the CSS and the application): www.collegeboard.com/css
- To calculate an estimate of your family contribution for college: www.finaid.org/calculators
- Florida Bright futures: www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf
- Florida Bright Futures informational chart http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/PDF/BFEligibilityAwardChart.pdf
- Fastweb Scholarship search: www.fastweb.com
- Ten Things You Need to Know About Net Price Calculators
- The Princeton Review – Scholarships and Financial Aid
- Paying for College Without Going Broke, The Princeton Review (2014 addition)
- NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association): www.ncaa.org
- NCAA Eligibilty Center for Student Athletes
Florida Virtual School
- Online courses (no charge for Florida residents): www.flvs.net
Parent/Student–Sites of Further Interest
- College Board www.collegeboard.com: a vast site with a wealth of information beyond the SAT and PSAT
- Virtual Campus tours: www.campustours.com
- CareersandColleges.com: An informational site with helpful search tools and in-depth content on colleges and universities, admissions, scholarships, financial aid, loans, test prep, essays, timelines, athletics, career options, and more. Written by experts with students in mind!
- College Guide: A source providing the whole story—good and bad—on over 200 leading colleges, the new edition of Choosing the Right College 2010-11: The Whole Truth about America’s Top Schools is essential reading…and it’s now available in its entirety online.
- Dorm Brothel: An article written by Vigen Guroian and published in the February 2005 issue of Christianity Today