Beyond Graduation

College Selection Resources

‘’ is a one-stop shop for college planning information:

The U.S. Department of Education recently launched a new web site that is intended to be the go to source for information and resources to help students and their families plan, prepare, and pay for college. The site gives reasons why students should go to college, explains the necessary steps to be accepted and enroll at a two- or four year institution, gives financial aid advice, and has sections devoted to parents/family and teachers/counselors. It also features inspirational stories of students who are already attending college. “Why go?” the site asks. “It can make a huge difference in your life—and your family’s. More education can open doors of opportunity, financially and personally.”

‘Campus Explorer’: Like for college applicants:

“Campus Explorer” is a new college search engine that aims to help students determine which college is the best match for them. Students enter information such as their SAT or ACT scores and grade-point average, and the site determines which schools they are eligible for. The site then matches students with specific schools on this list, based on the preferences they indicate on topics such as distance from home, academic interests, and their financial situation. The site lists both two and four-year institutions, as well as trade schools and career education options, with more than 6,000 schools included in its database. The site’s creators say they wanted to help students determine which college fits them the best in an education system where the student to counselor ratio is often 250 to 1.

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