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College Preparation. Who doesn’t want their child to attend a top notch university? Unfortunately, the college admissions process is more competitive and stressful than ever.  I’ve collected some resources to help parents of high school students get started.

Finding the Best College for your Child

The first step to college admissions is actually deciding what schools your child should apply to.  There are many factors to consider including location, tuition costs, financial aid, areas of speciality, class size, overseas programs, quality of instruction and more.  When you are ready to begin researching schools, here are a few resources to help you get started.

Collegeboard.com

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges

The Princeton Review College Rankings

Forbes America’s Best Colleges

Unigo – college reviews by college students

It may also help to stock up on some of the latest books on college admissions.

The Dreaded SAT

Taking (and doing well on) standardized tests is a specialized skill.  You can have an incredibly gifted child who excels in school, the arts, sports and the theatre but can not take a standardized test.  Given the competitive landscape for college admissions, many parents are looking to professionals to help prepare their child for the SAT, ACT and other standardized tests.

Kaplan

The Princeton Review

The EDGE in College Preparation

Scholarships & Financial Aid

The expense of college is only going to grow and grow.  FastWeb is a great place to start.  You can find information on over a million different scholarships worth over a billion dollars. That’s a lot of money.

Recruiting for College Sports

If your child happens to be a phenomenal athlete, this may help open the doors to many colleges. Not only can your child’s athletic skills get your her admitted to college, it might be a great way to obtain financial aid as well. There are a number of online resources to help your child get noticed by college recruiters.

beRecruited.com

PrepChamps

TRUpreps

ActiveRecruiting

College Coaches Network

SportsWorx

Recruit-Me

For more information about the process and to learn more about private consultants, check out National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) and Collegiate Sports of America (CSA-PrepStar).


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