Important Websites

Colleges and Universities

Best Colleges - provides college search, rankings, college advise and much more

College Scorecard - college search, graduation rates, costs, financial debt, average earnings after graduation

Historically Black Colleges and Universities - A searchable database of all  HBCUs and their academic programs

Community Colleges with Housing - A listing of two year colleges with dorms

U.S. Two-Year Colleges - Links to over 1,000 two year colleges

College Atlas - College rankings by major and other important college search criteria

College Campus online Tours - Free website offering virtual tours of over a thousand college campuses, etc.

Hillel: Foundation for Jewish Campus Life - Provides information for Jewish students about college campuses across the United States

Independent Colleges of Art and Design - Links to independent Art and Design schools by specific programs/majors

College Theatre Directory - a searchable database featuring college theater programs in the U.S.

College Affordability Guide - list of most affordable schools by state and subject, in-depth financial aid resources and advice for transfer students

Accredited Online Colleges - Links to a complimentary database that provides in-depth information and details about the accreditation and availability of degree programs offered by colleges and universities throughout the US.

Affordable Online Colleges - Ranks the most affordable non-profit, accredited institutions in Maryland that offer ONLINE college courses leading to a degree.

Affordable Online Colleges Rankings and Reports - Edudemic ranks over 180 online colleges based on student value, price, and reputation

The Khan Academy - Gives step by step guidelines for the college admissions process, motivational videos, timeline & test prep for both current and new SAT.

UNIGO - search for colleges, scholarships and internships here.

Guide to Not-For-Profit Online Universities - This Website created this guidebook to help new and returning students understand the online academic landscape and how best to succeed in an online degree program

Applying to College Online

Common Application Online - Provides instructions for downloading and completing the Common Application form.

HBCU Common Application Online - Apply online to 43 Historically Black colleges for one $35 fee.

  Coalition Application Online -  Apply online to a diverse group of private and public colleges.  The University of Maryland is coalition application exclusive.

College Entrance Tests

SAT Reasoning Test & SAT Subject Tests - Register for the SAT Reasoning Test and SAT  Subject tests on-line.

SAT - Services for Students with Disabilities - For students with documented learning disabilties.

SAT Optional Colleges/Universities - List of schools who may not require SAT scores for admissions purposes.

ACT On-line - On-line registration for the ACT + facts about the "other college entrance test".

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - College entrance test for those students whose native language is not English.

ACT Academy & Khan Academy - excellent Free Test Prep websites for the ACT and the SAT

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Links to Major Scholarship Searches - Search thousands of scholarships online.

FAFSA On The Web - Apply for FSA ID & complete the FAFSA Online.

Maryland Higher Education Commission - Information on financial aid and scholarships in Maryland.

College Affordability & Transparency Center - U.S. Department of Education site that includes college scorecard; net price calculator; college ratings

College Affordability Guide - list of most affordable schools by state and subject, in-depth financial aid resources and advice for transfer students.

Resources for Hispanic Students - scholarships and financial aid for Hispanic students

Career Awareness

College Majors 101 - Explore college majors, what colleges offer a specific major, employers that hire students with that major, etc.

ASVAB Program - Information on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery for career planning and assessment.

The Career Key Assessment - Measure your skills, abilities, values and interest for help in identifying career areas.

Private Career Schools and Programs - Listing of Private Career Programs in Maryland.

O*Net Online - U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational information and skills search.

UWANNADU - matching people to careers, colleges and companies; your future revealed.

Reality Check - interactive budgeting/financial planning for students based on their chosen life style.

UNIGO - search for colleges, scholarships and internships here.

Special Programs and Opportunities

Job Corps - Information on Job Corps programs, eligibility requirements and addresses and telephone numbers of sites across the US.

AmeriCorps - Information on AmeriCorps as part of the Corporation of National Service.

Peace Corps - Information about the Peace Corps and how to become a volunteer.

Outward Bound - Information about the Outward Bound program and a listing of Outward Bound schools in the US and Canada.

Student Service Learning - Volunteer Opportunities for Montgomery County students (MCPS graduation requirement: minimum 75 SSL hrs).

Maryland GED Application - Information & application for the General Educational Development Test (GED) and Maryland High School Diploma.

NCAA Eligibility Center- Information & registration for students who plan to participate in intercollegiate athletics at an NCAA Division I or II school.

Websites for Finding Jobs

Snag-A-Job - Search for jobs based on your zip code, etc.

Student Government Jobs - Any student government jobs are listed here; apply early; testing may be required.

Printable Job Application - A Resource Website called that focuses on providing downloadable and printable application forms for large companies, like retail chains, grocery stores, pizza shops, pharmacies, fast food restaurants, and coffee shops.