Real Life: College

Career Information Center

College search, career search, scholarship search, examination testing dates, and test preparation information.


Guide to colleges and universities in the U.S. and selected other countries.

Common Application

The Common Application is the recommended form of 195  independent colleges and universities for admission to their undergraduate programs. Fill out the application online or download it to your computer.

North Suburban Higher Education Consortium

Access to a directory of degrees and programs in the north suburban Chicago area.

Peterson's Education Center

From the publishers of the Peterson's Guides comes a web site with college information, a financial aid Q&A, how to write a college essay, and distance learning opportunities.

Princeton Review Online

Study for the SAT, LSAT, or GRE online.

Career Information Center
College Blue Book
Highland Park Public Library College Information Subject Guide

A list of resources for those considering attending college.

Outstanding Books for the College Bound

This list, divided into five sections: fiction, biography, nonfiction, drama, and poetry, is revised every five years by a committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association. 

Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans
College and University Rankings

From the Education and Social Services Library of the University of Illinois, this site provides annotated lists of online sources of information on the ranking of institutions of higher education, as well as a well-designed section titles "Caution and Controversy" on the validity and usefulness of such rankings.

U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools

Programs in business, law, medicine, engineering, and education are surveyed every year. Programs in other fields are surveyed on a rotating basis, usually every three years.


U.S. News & World Report's yearly college ranking.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans
College Illinois!

Powered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).

FAFSA--Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Look here for government loans and grants and to file the FAFSA electronically.


"The Internet's largest free scholarship search."

FinAid: The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

Information on a wide array of grants and scholarships.