Making the Right College Choice
2017 US News and World Report College Rankings
Sites to research Colleges (technical, 2-year, and 4-year)
Advice for Applying
1. Apply to more than one school. 3. Apply to “middle” schools.
2. Apply to a “reach” school. 4. Apply to a “safe” school.
The terms "reach, middle, and safe" schools are very individualized and subjective.
Note: There are application fees (nonrefundable whether accepted or not). These fees cover the cost of processing your application. Be AWARE of application DEADLINES!! These are very strict dates. Some schools may require a portfolio of your best work. Many times these are required for music, art, or design programs.
Suggestion for Organizing College Information: Create a spreadsheet with the various colleges to which you applied, the deadlines for each school and pieces of information needed, required tests (ACT/SAT) and scores needed, etc.
Transitioning to College from High School (Kent State University Libraries)
10 Steps to Getting to College (from PBS)
Common Application (PDF is located under Forms and Documents)
List of Colleges that accept the Common Application
Some colleges (625) accept the common application.
Only 34 colleges accept the universal application; however, among those that do, are Harvard and Princeton. See above links for these applications.
Whatever the topic(s)…
Be sure that the college “hears your voice.” Your qualities and character should shine through in your essay(s). This allows the college admission board to “see” how you would fit into their institution. Remember, they do not know you and you have to give them a glimpse of you and your personality.
Acceptance Letters: Keep track of these.
Schools will require other documentation. These documents will have due dates attached to them. You may want to write the due dates a week earlier than is required just in case a problem arises.
Do NOT take these personally. The board of admissions does not know you. Regroup and move on. You may choose to reapply in a semester or two. You may also go to another college and transfer later to the school you really want to attend.
OHIO Colleges and Universities only LINK (Be sure to scroll down until you see the links.)
Ohio Means Jobs Ohio’s career and education information database. Create and save your documents in your Ohio Means Jobs backpack.
College Portraits is a source of basic, comparable information designed for anyone to learn more about public 4-year colleges and universities. This site is FANTASTIC!! Find everything you need to know and compare your choices with a click of a button.)
College Navigator The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally. NOTE: Instructions on how to navigate this site are located to the right under Forms and Documents.
What Can I Do with This Major? This site will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.
WhiteHouse.gov (Fact Sheet: White House Unveils America’s College Promise Proposal: Tuition-Free Community College for Responsible Students)
StartClass.com Education research website that provides students, parents, and educators with everything thy need to confidently research education options.
BioOhio Information about careers and programs related to bioscience in Ohio
College Reality Check College cost comparison tool offered The Chronicle of Higher Ed
Discover E Information about engineering careers for educators from current engineering students
Federal Student Aid Estimate the cost of college and student loan payments
College Affordability Guide OUR MISSION is to provide clear, correct info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree, and to offer a fresh analysis of which colleges are doing the most to make a high-quality education affordable. We analyzed 10,000,000+ data points from 5,000+ degree-granting colleges and universities across the US, looking for the most affordable colleges and degrees. Less than 10% of those schools made it into our rankings.
Financial Aid Resource
from Consumer Affairs NOTE:
You may need to log into IBoss in order to access the information.
My Future Military careers and other career options for students to explore
Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates Information about internships and careers with the federal government
Real Money. Real World An interactive spending simulation for students to learn about the financial choices they will make as adults –offered by OSU Extension Offices
Smart About Money Budgeting ideas and tools for you now and in the future funded by National Endowment
for Financial Education®
Soft Skills to Pay the Bills Resources offered by the U.S. Department of Labor about soft skills necessary for the workplace.
eCampus Tours eCampusTours makes college a virtual reality at one convenient online location. Offers virtual college tours with 360° x 360° views of over 1300 different schools all in one eye-popping website!
Parchment.com Paper copies of transcripts and other credentials are hard to access and share when you need them most. Parchment builds a virtual bridge to connect learners, educational institutions, associations, and employers who rely on education credentials. The Parchment platform has helped millions of people and thousands of schools and universities to exchange more than 12 million transcripts and other credentials globally.
MyPlan.com MyPlan.com helps students and professionals plan more fulfilling lives by making well-informed decisions about their education and careers. Whether you’re deciding on what college to go to, choosing a major, planning ahead for your first career, or thinking about making a career change, MyPlan.com can help you explore options and bring clarity and insight into figuring out what’s right for you. 100% independent and unbiased, MyPlan.com gives you the truth about colleges, careers and majors. Our research and data are the most comprehensive you’ll find anywhere on the subject. And, with dozens of easy-to-use tools, we’ve made getting to that information convenient, simple and fun.
Get Me to College (Tips on filling out a college application)
Top Tier Admissions (Learn the secrets of getting into elite colleges and graduate schools from the nation's premier admissions experts.)
Comprehensive College Counseling (Universal App versus Common App – article)
College Made Simple (Universal App versus Common App – article)
College View (2-year college info)
Bankrate (Ranking of the Top 25 2-year colleges)
Big Future (tips on transferring from a 2-year to a 4-year school)
National Research Center for College & University Admissions (NRCCUA) (2-year school info)
The Best Schools (This includes 2-year, 4-year, and online degrees)
GetEducated.com (Guide to Online Colleges)
National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)
Scholarship.com (Direct link to the Pros and Cons of 2-year colleges)
American College Counseling Association (Fast Facts about Community College)
Online Colleges.net This resource includes these things: the most affordable online colleges in Ohio, including a complete program-level information available on the web; a curated list of scholarships available to Ohio students, along with a database of nearly 20,000 general scholarships; a searchable database of all accredited online colleges in Ohio.
Online Schools Interested in pursuing a degree from an online college? Our college report cards provide information on program offerings available to students across the country. Research your important education decision by exploring program options from hundreds of schools right here, in one place.
Guide to Online School (Costs)
BestColleges.com A resource for any prospective college student, and we strive to help students make an educated choice about their future. Through the use of student surveys, faculty surveys, independent research, ranking systems and the input of highly credible and authoritative sources, we have created a database of schools to help students and their families learn more about their best options for higher education.
My College Options (Need to create an account) Provides students with the opportunity to create a personal online college and career planning profile. Students can match their individual needs, talents, abilities, goals, and interests with the offerings of over 5,500 accredited post-secondary institutions across the United States .
Along with the college match, students have access to valuable information about paying for college, types of institutions, career exploration, how to apply for college, and much, much more.
As a result of using this FREE service, students can connect with colleges and universities directly. In addition, they may hear from other education and career service providers offering educational opportunities such as college admissions services, financial aid, and career info, as well as extracurricular, enrichment, and recognition programs.
Adventures in Education A public-service website developed to help students plan and complete their journey through higher education. By providing free resources to students, parents, counselors, and educators, AIE encourages individuals to discover and pursue educational opportunities.
Virtual Tours of College Campuses
A2Z Colleges (2-year college information)
PayScale.com (List of 2-year schools that have the highest paid graduates)
Office of the U.S. Department of Education
Scholarships.com This website has helped students find money for college as well as learn about the entire financial aid process. Over the years, they’ve become one of the most widely-used and trusted free college scholarship search and financial aid information resources on the Internet and have been recognized by high schools, colleges and universities nationwide. They’ve built solid relationships with colleges and universities across the country and want to provide students with the opportunity to not only interact with prospective colleges but to be recruited by them as well. And it’s all FREE.
Fastweb.com Fastweb is the premier online resource when it comes to paying for and preparing for school. We have scholarships for every type of student from the high school freshmen to the returning adult. There is no charge to use Fastweb or to access any of the information we provide. When you register for Fastweb and complete your online profile, data is collected that is used to match you to scholarships we have in our database. The information we ask for pertains to scholarships in our database, by providing us with this information we can rule out any scholarships that you don’t qualify for and match you with ones that you do.
NCAA Eligibility Center (High School Portal)
Accredited Online Schools and Colleges
Financial Aid Info FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice, and tools — on or off the web. Access to FinAid is free for all users and there is no charge to link to the site.
FinAid has earned a stellar reputation in the educational community as the best website of its kind. It’s comprehensive, it’s informative, it’s objective — and it’s the first stop on the web for students looking for ways to finance their education.
Every major newspaper and personal finance magazine in the country has reviewed the site. The New York Daily News called FinAid “the hottest site on the Internet for financial aid tips.” It is “the best place to begin a search” according to the Chicago Sun-Times, and “the grand-daddy of all Web sites” according to the Boston Globe.Yahoo Internet Life said to “make FinAid your first stop. This site offers some of the best ‘how to’ guidance on securing financial aid.”
The site has won awards from the College Board, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students and the American Institute for Public Service.
Today’s Military (This site will give you the basic 5-step process for enlisting.)
Careers in the Military (This site is provided as a public service by the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Manpower Data Center.) **Excellent resource**
Army Active Duty Requirements
Army Specialized Training
Green Beret Training
Marine Active Duty Requirements
Marine Specialized Training
Marine Special Forces
Navy Active Duty Requirements
NAVY Training Centers
Air Force Active Duty Requirements
Air Force Specialized Training
Air Force Special Forces
Coast Guard Active Duty Requirements
Go Coast Guard
National Guard Active Duty Requirements
National Guard Careers
Officer Training School (all branches)