College Connections


ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Grounded in more than 60 years of research, ACT is a trusted leader in college and career readiness.

Research, assessments, and learning solutions to inform decisions and create opportunities for learners around the world.

College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.



Choose a School

How to choose a college in 2023
Students around the country are taking on huge amounts of debt to get access to the education they want and need. By enabling students to fund their education through exclusive funding opportunities, Bold.org broadens access to that education in an affordable and sustainable way.

Common App is a non-profit membership organization representing more than 1,000 diverse institutions of higher education. Who connects applicants and those who support them to a wide array of public and private colleges and universities across all 50 U.S. states, and 20 countries.

Pros and Cons of Using the Common App to Apply for Colleges– By Hilary Cairns – Last updated on December 22, 2022

https://www.collegexpress.com/– Since 1995, our mission has been to help connect students with the right schools for them. Join thousands of other students and start your search with CollegeXpress.


Everything You Need to Know About Applying to College by TheBestSchools.org Staff Updated November 2, 2022


2023 Best Colleges with No Application Fee in America


Supports students through a search and enrollment process that best positions them for college success




Applying to College: Your Step-by-Step Guide- Written by Coursera • Updated on Jun 15, 2023


Understanding the Different Types of College Applications. Types include The Common Application, The Universal Application, Individual College Applications, The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success Application, and A Shared Application for a System of Colleges. -Nicole Kelman-


How to Apply for College | Timeline, Templates & Checklist

Published on October 18, 2021 by Kirsten Courault. Revised on May 31, 2023



https://www.consumerfinance.gov/paying-for-college/ -We explain the ins and outs of student financial aid and repaying loans to help you make smarter decisions about how to pay for school.

https://www.ed.gov/ – ED’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

https://studentaid.gov/ – Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, work-study, and loan funds to students attending college or career school.

https://www.usa.gov/education – Find information about Federal Student Aid for college, how to study in the U.S., and libraries.

https://www.ncaa.org/index.aspx – The NCAA is a member-led organization focused on cultivating an environment that emphasizes academics, fairness and well-being across college sports.

https://www.fastweb.com/ – The leading scholarship database, our platform is designed to simplify the scholarship search for high school and college students. No more digging to find scholarships you qualify for. Students create a profile and get personalized scholarship recommendations.

https://finaid.org/ – Information on financial aid for college and tips on how to help ease the burden of college expenses.


On Campus


12 Ways to Prepare for Your Freshman Year of College Students should follow these steps so they’re ready when classes begin. By Travis Mitchell, Emma Kerr, and Josh Moody – July 13, 2021, at 2:14 p.m.


Thinking about a 4-year college but not sure whether it’s right for you? This is the place to start! Learn more about what happens during college, why it matters for your future, and the wide range of students who have chosen to attend.


Top 10 Things Students Must Know Before Starting College – 26 June, 2018 Maite Halley


A Complete First-Year College Checklist: Are you truly ready for college? Start your first year of higher ed like a pro with this comprehensive college preparation checklist. By Staff Writers – Updated on August 8, 2022


12 Tips to Support First-Year Students on Your Campus – July 27, 2021, Stephanie Chandra


For Parents


Surviving the early weeks as a new college parent -Suzanne Shaffer-


How Parents Can Support the Adjustment to College. College-goers and their parents should talk about communication expectations, academic challenges, and safety. By Sarah Wood | May 30, 2023, at 3:21 p.m.


15 Things Parents of First-Year College Students Should Never Do By Harlan Cohen, Contributor, Author, Speaker, Syndicated Advice Columnist. Aug 13, 2015, 05:21 PM EDT |Updated Dec 6, 2017