Online Resources for the virtual High School student
1. Finding the Right Career Path
o Start this research as early as possible (Freshman/Sophomore year is not too early)
o Find out which entrance exams you need to pass in order to fulfill entrance requirements
o Ask yourself these questions:
§ What type of careers interest you?
§ What majors are in line with those career choices?
§ What is the growth/salary potential for those careers?
o Website: MyMajors.com
· Online assistance that accesses your interests and provides guidance in picking out your major and helping you prepare for the colleges best suited for you and the major you chose.
o Website: www.asvabprogram.com
· The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Career Exploration Program is no cost assistance to high school and post-secondary students. It provides aptitude testing to those students interested in military as well as civilian career within the Armed Forces (Marine Corp., Air Force, Army, Navy, and Coast Guard)
o Website: http://www.actstudent.org/
· Register for the ACT test and submit your scores, as well as get lots of free studying resources- study tips, sample questions and previous tests
o Website: https://www.collegeboard.org/
· Register for the PSAT and SAT test, as well as have free access to countless studying resources
o Website: https://www.number2.com/
· Take free practice tests for ACT, SAT and GRE
2. Choosing the right college/university
§ Which college/university should I choose?
§ Should I attend a college nearby or out of state?
§ Which college would be a better fit for my career choice?
· To help narrow down the list of college options to choose from by taking into account cost, location, housing options, athletics, academics, major specialties, etc.
· View how your college choices rank amongst others within the same categories (public vs private, liberal arts college rankings, business schools, medical schools, etc.
3. Narrow your list of choices
§ Take a virtual visit of the colleges/universities that make up your top choices
o Website: http://www.collegeweeklive.com/
· Learn more about the colleges/universities that interest you most and chat live with current students, admissions officers and counselors. Learn what they have to offer you as an incoming student.
· Opportunity to compare your choices of schools by categories that matter to you most…majors, costs, location, etc. Provides information on school activities such as Greek life (Sororities/Fraternities), religious affiliations, student body population, etc.
o Website: http://www.ecampustours.com/
· Take a 360° x 360° tours of over 1,300 colleges. See actual campuses virtually at no cost.
4. Other sites to help you make informed decisions
o Website: https://colleges.niche.com/
· Student reviews and polls that provide insights from current and former students themselves. Find out what they liked most and least about the schools you’re interested in attending.
o Website: https://www.unigo.com/
· College ratings and rankings by current and former students. Find out how it feels to attend their school from their points of view.
5. How to apply to the schools you’ve chosen
§ Most schools have on-line submission applications
§ Save yourself a lot of time and check first if the schools you what to apply to allow submission through a common website
o Website: https://www.commonapp.org/
· A one-stop site to fill out a college application which is accepted by over 600 colleges.
· One application for all University of California (UC) s schools.
6. Don’t forget to apply early for financial aid, student loans and scholarships
§ Remember to be submit app. early and get all required documentations in before any deadlines. Snooze…and you just might lose out on assistance you were eligible for!
· From the Office of the U.S. Department of Education, this site provides families the resources needed to apply for U.S. Federal funded scholarships, grants, and loans.
o Website: https://fafsa.ed.gov/
· This site allows you to submit a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a requirement for most colleges.
o Website: http://www.aessuccess.org/
· American Educational Services (AES) website helps you prepare financially for college by explaining the process of financial aid, helping you seek out which ones you might be eligible for as well as the guidance on helping you paying off your loans.
o Website: http://www.fastweb.com/
FastWeb! Helps you search for scholarship opportunities.