College Admissions Tests 


College Board (SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and Advanced Placement)

FairTest (test-optional colleges)

College Research: Student Reviews





Scholarships and Financial Aid

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

CSS Profile (required by some colleges, in addition to the FAFSA, to apply for need-based financial aid)


Going Merry

College Opportunity Fund (for Colorado residents)

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE is an association of public colleges in the Western U.S. Member colleges offer reduced tuition to residents of other states in the association.  Students may have to meet certain academic criteria and/or have a specific major to qualify.)


Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni

Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions by Jeffrey Selingo

The Price YouPay for College: An Entirely New Road Map for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make by Ron Lieber

Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward Fiske

The Best 387 Colleges: 2022 Edition by The Princeton Review (Princeton Review releases a new edition every year so the number of colleges in the title may change)

Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges by Loren Pope

Creative Colleges: Finding the Best Programs for Aspiring Actors, Artists, Designers, Dancers, Musicians, Writers, and More by Elaina Loveland

Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges by Frederick Rugg

The K & W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Differences by Marybeth Kravets, MA and Imy F. Wax, MS

Get In! The High-Success, Low-Stress Guide to College Planning by Lisa L. Ransdell, PhD (Sara Zessar contributed a chapter to this book)