College Info & Resources

Finding a School

Library Sources

Title Call Number
Petersons Guide to Four Year Colleges
378 PETERSON
Barron’s profiles of American colleges 378.73 BARRON’S
The college handbook REF 378.73 COLLEGE

Online Sources

Website Name
Website Description
Accredited Online Schools & Colleges Ranks American universities by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission rates, graduation rates, retention rates and contains resources useful for the prospective student.
Big Future An exhaustive site for comparing colleges.
College and University Rankings Links to various ranking sites, from the University of Illinois’s Education and Social Science Library
College Net Forms for admission, tuition, financial aid, and scholarships (privacy protected)
Quintessential Careers College Planning Resources for Teens – Directory of college and job information on the web
College View Search for colleges that meet your requirements: costs, majors, services, computing resources, types of residence, city size, etc.

Admissions & Writing an Application Essay


Library Sources

Title
Call Number
How to Write Your College Application Essay
378.1616 NOURSE
Acing the College Application
378.1664 HERNANDEZ (Freedom)
The Admissions Essay
808.0663 POWER
Learning Express Library (Online)
Take practice tests (use WPL card # as username when registering)

Online Sources

Website Title
Website Description
ACT Assessment
“A curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college.”
College Board Online
Includes sections on SAT, AP, and College Planning.
Common Application Online
Apply simultaneously for colleges that use the common application form. You must register to use the site.

Financial Aid & Scholarships


Library Sources

Title
Call Number
College Board Scholarship Handbook
378.3025 COLLEGEB
Peterson’s how to get money for college
378.3025 PETERSON
Scholarships, grants & prizes
378.34 PETERSON

Online Sources

Website Title
Website Description
Financial Aid
U.S. Department of Education Student Guide
FAFSA
U.S. Department of Education Free Application for Federal Student Aid
College Affordability Guide A guide about the affordability of college education
College Net
Forms for admission, tuition, financial aid, and scholarships (privacy protected)
Scholarship Help
Website that covers the facts about scholarships as well as advice on how to succeed in winning scholarships.
Educators for Fair Consideration
“We provide scholarships and advisory services to low-income immigrant students who have gained admission to and/or are currently enrolled in U.S. colleges. We help immigrant students become catalysts for change, by creating mentorship, arts, and service opportunities in their communities.”
Financial Aid for Minorities
Part of FinAid.org
OnlineSchools.org
A guide to Financial Aid
Best Colleges Financial Aid
Tuition can add up, but students rarely have to pay the full sticker price for their higher education. Learn about the financial aid options available that can help you lower the cost of your degree, and utilize our comprehensive scholarship database to search for more aid opportunities.

California Information

Website Title
Website Description
California Colleges
Provides information on financial aid and admissions planners for first-year and transfer students and virtual tours of CA campuses
California Student Aid Commission
Resources and assistance in obtaining a higher education