College and Technical Schools

Articles

U.S News & World Report   ranks best colleges, graduate schools and online programs
2014 Best Online Program Rankings   U.S. News & World Report
Skills Every College Student Needs   U.S. News & World Report
What is a 21st Century Liberal Education?   Association of American Colleges and Universities, be sure to read their pdf:  Essential Learning Outcomes

Blogs and Such

The Choice   New York Times college blog
College Confidential   a college forum praised by the New York Times
Inside Online Degrees   read interviews of online college students
 

College Knowledge Centers

Applying for College   U.S. News & World Report site
College.gov   prepare for college
College Planning Center   Fox Business
Homeschool College USA   for home-schooled high schoolers to work on college credits
Peterson's   college, grad school, continuing ed., and international students
Goodcall    Scholarship engine
 

Finances

FAFSA   Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid
FinAid   powered by Monster
Paying for College   U.S. News & World Report site
Survival Guide to Personal Finance for College Students    provides tips for students on how to manage their finances before, during and after college. It explores questions such as “When Should I Fill Out My FAFSA?”, “How Do Student Loans Work?” and “Should I Consider Early Investing Options?”

LoveYourMoney   a money site geared toward college students

Graduate School

Find a graduate school by ranking
Graduate School Directory
Peterson's   find a graduate school with this tool

 

MOOCs

If you are new to the term "MOOCs" please read my blog post or browse my MOOCs page.

How to Succeed in College   a free Coursera.org course from the University of Kentucky

 

Scholarships

Peterson's   scholarship finder
Scholarship.comaccredited by the Better Business Bureau
The Scholarship Book    national database of scholarships
 

Technical Schools and Training

CNAclasses.org   These people worked with 50 state health agencies to create several features including:
     1) a comprehensive list of training facilities
     2) career and job information
     3) practice test resources
     4) specific training information.
     This site also has a page providing information specific to certification in each state.
Medical Assistants


Tests and More Tests

Magoosh offers online practice questions for GRE, GMAT, SAT, and TOEFL
Economist GMAT Tutor offers preparation materials and tutoring services. Click on their ad if you are interested in reviewing their services.

ACT Test Prep   a tutorial from Sophia online learning
What is the GRE?   several webpages of answers to GRE questions, includes sample questions
What's on the GRE?   Princeton Review free resources
GMAT   Graduate Management Admission Test for those who are aspiring to hold an MBA
The Princeton Review   a market leader in test preparation which offers SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT, GRE and MCAT courses and tutoring to help students improve their scores on admissions tests.
Spark Notes   free test prep for SAT, ACT, and GRE
College Test Prep   free from U.S. News and World Report
Virtual Math Lab  prep for the GRE, THEA, and Accuplacer

Economist GMAT Tutor

 

 

Tools

Online Courses from Approved Colleges

Approved Colleges   a premier provider of online education resources, courses, degree programs and skill assessment tests with one of the web's largest catalogs of higher education data serving both businesses and consumers. I have placed an ad here for you to click on if you are interested in reviewing their resources.

Accredited Institutions and Programs   U.S. Dept of Ed. database

Calculate your GPA
College Navigator   is our National Center for Educational Statistics. It Includes information on programs offered, retention and graduation rates, prices, aid available, degrees awarded, campus safety, and accreditation.
College Toolkit.com   info on the search for colleges and scholarships
Frugal Dad   find the most affordable online colleges
Healthcare Virtual Career Network   provides career exploration and training tools to help job seekers prepare for healthcare careers.  Identify education and training programs and search for jobs. From the U.S. Dept. of Labor.
InternMatch.com  also has a blog and forum
Rate My Professors   check out what students have to say
study.com  low-cost online courses for all academic levels
Think College

  • Resources and a searchable database of post-secondary education programs for youth with intellectual disabilities
  • This site includes resources for students, family members, and professionals
  • Think College! is speech-enabled. Your computer can read the site aloud.

Transferology   multi-state online tool which helps you determine course/credit equivalency when transferring
U.S. College Search   also has financial aid info and an occupations guide
World Mentoring Academy   these guys probably have a free course related to every major you are considering.  Check out their course list, sign up for one and see if it really interests you!

 


Book Suggestions

Check these out at your local public library -- woohoo! (insert more fanfare here!) or purchase a copy online from one of these booksellers.

Barron's Pass Key to the GED by Murray Rockowitz  2011

The Best 371 Colleges by Robert Franek  2010

The Best Value Colleges by Robert Franek  2011

College Unzipped: an all-access backstage pass into college life from all-nighters and exam nail-biters to tuition fees and getting your degree  by Cynthia Lerardo  2007

Community College Companion: everything you wanted to know about succeeding in a two-year school by Mark Rowh  2011

Cracking the ACT by Geoff Martz  2009

Cracking the New GRE  2012 by Doug Pierce  2012

Debt-Free U: how i paid for an outstanding college education without loans, scholarships or mooching off my parents by Zac Bissonnette  2010

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2010 by Edward Fiske  2010

GRE: a graduate record examination by Sharon W. Green  2007, 17th ed.

GRE for Dummies   Woldoff and Kraynak, 2012

Homeschoolers' College Admissions Handbook: preparing 12-18 year olds for success in the college of their choice by Cafi Cohen  2000

How to Win at College   Cal Newport

K & W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADHD by Marybeth Kravets & Amy Wax  2010

Master the SAT   Peterson's

Major in Success: make college easier, fire up your dreams, and get a great job! by Patrick Comb  2007

Master the ASVAB Basics  (Peterson's)  2010

Master the SAT  2010

Own your education!  A student's guide to greater success in school and life  by Megan Stone
FT Press

Prepared Parents Operational Manual by Marie Pinak Carr  2009

The Secrets of College Success by Lynn Jacobs  2010

Secrets to Winning a Scholarship by Mark Kantrowitz  2011

Teens Guide to College and Career Planning (Peterson's)  2011