A quick reference to sites useful in the college admission process.
1. College Admission Testing and Testing Resources
"SAT" - Scholastic Aptitude Test (College Board)
The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. The College Board states that the SAT measures literacy and writing skills that are needed for academic success in college. They state that the SAT assesses how well the test takers analyze and solve problems—skills they learned in school that they will need in college. However, the test is administered under a tight time limit (speeded) to help produce a range of scores.
"ACT" - American College Testing
ACT, Inc. says that the ACT assessment measures high school students' general educational development and their capability to complete college-level work with the multiple choice tests covering four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.
"TOEFL" - Test of English as a Foreign Language
The TOEFL is a standardized test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers wishing to enroll in English-speaking universities. The test is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions. TOEFL is one of the two major English-language tests in the world.
"FairTest" - The National Center for Fair & Open Testing
FairTest was founded in 1985 by leaders of civil rights and education groups to advance their view that the misuse, overuse and flaws of standardized testing practices may be detrimental to academic achievement and equal opportunity. FairTest has directed campaigns against perceived over-reliance on standardized tests, while advocating for alternatives that they claim may enhance equity and quality in education.
2. College Admission Applications
"Common App" - The Common Application
The Common Application is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of nearly 700 member colleges and universities in 48 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, China, and many European countries.
"Universal App" - The Universal College Application
The Universal College Application is a US-based organization which provides college admission applications that allow students to apply to any of currently 46 participating colleges.
"Coalition App" - The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success
The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success was developed to improve the college application process for all students as they search for and apply to their perfect college. The platform provides a single, centralized toolkit for students to organize, build, and refine their applications to currently 52 institutions of higher learning.
"UC App" - The University of California Application
There are nine UC schools that offer both undergraduate and graduate education. UC San Francisco is only a graduate and professional school. The nine UC colleges are UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, and UC Merced.
"CSU App" - The California State University Application
The California State University (Cal State or CSU) is a public university system in California. Composed of 23 campuses and eight off-campus centers enrolling 460,200 students with 24,405 faculty and 23,012 staff, CSU is the largest four-year public university system in the United States.
3. Financial Aid
"FAFSA" - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.
"CSS Profile" - College Scholarship Service Profile
The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (often written as CSS PROFILE), short for the College Scholarship Service Profile, is an application distributed by the College Board in the United States allowing college students to apply for financial aid. It is primarily designed to give private member institutions of the College Board a closer look into the finances of a student and family. It is much more detailed than the FAFSA.
"FinAid!" - The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
FinAid! is the most comprehensive free resource for objective and unbiased information, advice and tools about scholarships and grants from colleges and universities.
"Fastweb!" - Financial Aid Search Through the WEB
Fastweb is an online scholarship matching and college search service. Fastweb is an acronym for Financial aid search through the web.
Scholarship Owl is an innovative platform designed to dramatically speed up your scholarship application time. All you have to do is fill out one application, and we’ll do the rest. We'll match you with the award opportunities that best match your personality, grades, lifestyle, and more. Once you've narrowed down your options, we’ll take the information from your initial application and put it into the appropriate places on the scholarships of your choice.
4. Test Prep Centers
"Compass" - Compass Education Group
The Compass Education Group has a single goal: to raise scores one student at a time. They fully evaluate each student’s unique testing history in order to make informed, individualized recommendations, and personally oversee every aspect of every program.
"Kaplan" - Kaplan Test Prep
Kaplan Test Prep sells preparation materials for standardized tests through tutoring, on-site classes, asynchronous and live programs, print books, and digital products. With programs for individuals, schools, and businesses, Kaplan Test Prep offers preparation for more than 90 standardized tests.
"Princeton Review" - The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review is a college admission services company offering test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and books.
5. Sports Eligibility/Recruitment
NCAA - The National Collegiate Athletic Association
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a non-profit association which regulates athletes of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations, and individuals. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada and helps more than 450,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports.
NAIA - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics is an athletic association that organizes college and university-level athletic programs among small to mid-size institutions, primarily across the United States but also outside the US.
Recruit Look allows coaches and athletes to connect from coast-to-coast. Recruit Look has evolved into one of the premiere outlets for student-athletes seeking exposure to college programs. Recruit Look Scouts hit the pavement in search of the very best talent across the country. You’ll see Recruit Look Scouts at practices, games, and doing in-home meetings to find out just what kind of potential a recruit might have.