College Information

Exploring Careers and Choosing a Major

Books

  • 100 Fastest-Growing Careers by Michael J. Farr 331.702 Far
  • Cool Careers for Dummies by Marty Nemko 331.702 Nem
  • Now What?: The Young Person’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career by Nicholas Lore 331.702 Lor
  • Career information center Ref 331.702 Car
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook by The U.S. Department of Labor 331.702 Occ
    (or online)
  • College Majors: A Complete Guide from Accounting to Zoology by Ellen Lederman 378.1942 Led
  • 90-minute College Major Matcher: Choose Your Best Major for a Great Career by Laurence Shatkin 378.1942 Sha
  • How to Choose a College Major by Linda Landis Andrews 378.1942 And
  • The College Board Book of Majors Annual 378.1942 Col

Websites

  • CareerOneStop This is a suite of career and job information websites from the U.S. Department of Labor. It includes America’s Career InfoNet, a resource that will help you explore career opportunities and make informed employment and education choices by using their user-friendly occupation and industry information, salary data, career videos, education resources, self-assessment tools and career exploration assistance.
  • Mapping Your Future Mapping Your Future is a public-service web site providing free career, college, financial aid, and money management information and services. It features CareerShip, a free online career exploration adventure for middle and high school students.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook This is the online version of the printed copy published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job and working conditions. In addition, the Handbook links to information about the job market in each state.
  • Quintessential Careers Quintessential Careers is a comprehensive career, job, and college site, offering free expert career and job-hunting advice through the use of articles, tools, tips, samples, and tutorials. You can search by industry, geography, and job-seeker type. It also includes a section on choosing a college major.
  • CollegeBoard’s Majors & Careers Central This website provides profiles of college majors and the kinds of careers related to those majors.
  • MyMajors.com Take the short My Majors quiz and receive five college majors matching your interests and academic experience. You will receive a free advisement report summarizing your inputs and ten ranked major recommendations.

Finding the Right College

Books

  • Peterson’s Four Year Colleges 378.15 Pet
  • Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges 378.73 Bar
  • The College Board College Handbook 378.73 Col
  • Princeton Review Complete Book of Colleges 378.73 Com
  • U.S. News & World Report Ultimate College Guide 378.73 Ult
  • Cool Colleges for the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different by Donald Asher 378.73 Ash
  • America’s Best Value Colleges by Eric Owens 378.73 Owe
  • Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You by Loren Pope 378.73 Pop
  • America’s Best Colleges for B Students: A College Guide for Students Without Straight A’s by Tamra B. Orr 378.73 Orr

Websites

  • Petersons.com Just like Peterson’s print college guides, their website offers a lot of free information on college profiles, contact information, admissions and college entrance exams.
  • The Princeton Review This website not only gives you information on all aspects of college planning but also includes a quiz to find the college that best fits a student and gives lists of colleges by unique catagories such as most politically active, best sports school, best social life and more.
  • CollegeBoard This is a comprehensive college planning website offering college profiles, financial planning and admissions information. It also offers a chance for you to put in up to 3 college names so that you can do a side by side comparison.
  • Best Colleges – U.S. New & World Report Colleges ranked in many different catagories.
  •  CampusTours.com Take a tour of your college campus of choice from home. The college tours can be online videos about the campus or 360-degree panoramic views.

Getting Accepted

Books

  • Test Preparation
    • Princeton Review’s Cracking the ACT 378.1662 ACT
    • McGraw-Hill’s ACT 378.1662 ACT
    • Kaplan’s ACT Premier Program 378.1662 ACT
    • Peterson’s Master the SAT 378.1662 SAT
    • Kaplan’s SAT Premier Program 378.1662 SAT
    • Princeton Review’s Cracking the SAT 378.1662 SAT
  • College Applications
    • How to Say It to Get Into the College of Your Choice: Application, Essay, and Interview Strategies to Get You the Big Envelope by Linda Metcalf 378.161 Me
    • The College Hook: Packaging Yourself to Win the College Admissions Game by Pam Procto 378.161 Pro
    • What You Don’t Know Can Keep You Out of College: a Top Consultant Explains the 13 Fatal Application Mistakes and Why Character is the Key to College Admissions by Don Dunbar 378.161 Dun
    • Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps: Crafting a Winning Personal Statement by Alan Gelb 378.1057 Gel
    • Accepted!: 50 Successful College Admission Essays by Gen and Kelly Tanabe 378.1057 Tan
    • Writing a Successful College Application Essay by George Ehrenhaft 378.1056 Ehr

Websites

  • Test Preparation
    • ACT Provides all the information you need to take the ACT – test dates and places, fees, how to register, how to prepare and how to review your scores. It even includes some free test preparation quizzes.
    • College Board Provides all the information you need to take the SAT – test dates and places, fees, how to register, how to prepare and how to review your scores. It even includes some sample SAT questions and offers advice on how to answer the question.
    • Princeton Review Information is given about both the ACT and the SAT exams. Free practice tests are available for both.
    • Fair Test – The National Center for Fair and Open Testing This websites discusses the fairness of standardized testing and lists over 700 colleges and universities that do not emphasize ACT or SAT scores in their admission process.
  • College Applications
    • SparkNotes Sparknotes offers an excerpt from the book 10 Things You Gotta Know About College Application Essays to help you step-by-step with an essay. There is also a link to a message board to get advice and feedback about your essay.
    • EssayEdge Here you will find Application Essay Writing 101, a six part essay writing course to help you with each part of your essay.

Paying for College

Books

  • 1001 Ways to Pay for College by Gen and Kelly Tanabe 378.38 Tan
  • College Money Handbook 378.3 Pet
  • Chronicle Financial Aid Guide 378.3025 Chr
  • Paying for College Without Going Broke 378.3 Pay
  • Getting Financial Aid 378.3 Col
  • Get Free Cash for College 378.3 Tan
  • The Scholarship Book 378.34 Cas
  • The College Board Scholarship Handbook 378.3 Col
  • Peterson’s Scholarships, Grants & Prizes 378.3 Pet
  • The Ultimate Scholarship Book 378.34 Tan
  • Ferguson Career Resource Guide to Grants, Scholarships, and Other Financial Resources 378.3 Fer

Websites

  • FAFSA – Application for Federal Student Aid (School Codes) The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for all students who are seeking federal financial aid assistance. You can fill out the form and submit it online.
  • FinAid! FinAid is a public service, award-winning website that has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools — on or off the web.
  • CollegeNET – Scholarship Search This website from CollegeNET offers 2 ways to find scholarships. You can search for scholarships by doing a keyword search or you can create a profile and the database will find scholarships that match your personal profile.
  • Federal Student Aid The U.S. Department of Education has provided all the information you need on Federal financial aid on this user friendly website. It will walk you through all the financial steps of preparing, choosing, applying, funding and repaying your loans.
  • FastWeb This is one of the largest and most reputable scholarship search databases on the internet. To search you will have to create a profile that will match you to over 1.3 million scholarships listed on this database.
  • eStudentLoan After registering and following the step-by-step guide, you will see what types of loan programs you qualify for, both private and Federal. You can then either request an application or apply online. All terms of the loans will be shown in order to make an informed decision.

Surviving College

Books

  • College Success: What It Means and How to Make It Happen 378.198 Col
  • College Unzipped: an All-Access, Backstage Pass Into College Life 378.198 Col
  • The Everything College Survival Book by Michael S. Malone 378.198 Mal
  • College Rules!: How to Study, Survive, and Succeed in College by Sherrie Nist-Olejnik 378.198 Nis
  • How to Get A’s in College: Hundreds of Student-Tested Tips by Frances Northcutt` 378.170281 Nor
  • College Survival by Greg Gottesman 378.198 Got
  • The Adult Student’s Guide to Survival & Success by Al Siebert 378.198 Sie

Websites

  • GoCollege GoCollege brings useful, unbiased and up-to-date college related information to students, parents and education professionals. All aspects of college are covered including a section called College Survival to help you make the best of your college years.
  • Surviving College This is a student’s guide to the ins and outs of college. It offers advice on how to get along with a roommate, have fun on a student’s budget, handle the basics of living on your own, make it through college classes or even figure out what to do when you graduate.
  • College Survival Skills Created by a professor at Clemson University, the advice offered on this web page can be used by students at any college.