College & Career Info

College & Financial Aid Search

This link provides a plethora of information on almost every college & university in the US

These links list a number of neat web sites that provide different perspectives on US colleges & universities as well as financial aid:

PeerLift has links to Scholarships, Internships, Summer Programs, College Fly-ins, and Study Abroad:

College Application

There are multiple channels through which to apply to colleges these days:

  • Common Application (accepted by 600 colleges)
  • Universal Application (accepted by 45 colleges)
  • Coalition for Access, Affordability & Success Application (accepted by 58 colleges)
  • System-wide applications (such as HBCUs, ApplyTexas, and University of California application)
  • An individual college's own application

If you want to know a bit more about the CFAAS Application, this document from Eden Prairie School provides a succinct description

Click here for a concise description of Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA)

Click here for a quick early Decision self-assessment tool

College Lists

Click here for a great listing of accelerated MD programs

Here are three excellent college guides:

  • Fiske Guide to Colleges (objective evaluations from professionals)
  • The Insider's Guide to the Colleges (subjective evaluations from on-campus students)
  • Colleges That Change Lives (50 great, small colleges)

College Fair Links

NACAC & MOACAC college fairs are the biggest and broadest. They also have specialty fairs (e.g., performing arts). The MOACAC link also lists some local St Louis college fairs:

Infinite Scholars has several excellent (though smaller and more regional) fairs, with a minority student orientation

Colleges That Change Lives is a group of 44 small colleges. CTCL comes to St Louis every year in August or September

Exploring College Options is a group of 5 highly competitive universities that tour together. They come to St. Louis annually:

Parkway, Burroughs, MICDS, Westminster and other schools and districts conduct their own college fairs as well. Contact them directly for information

Useful Books to Read

-The College Finder, Fourth Edition, by Steven R. Antonoff, Ph.D.

-Admission Matters, Fourth Edition, by Sally P. Springer, Jon Reider, & Joyce Morgan

-Looking Beyond the Ivy League by Loren Pope

-Colleges that Change Lives by Loren Pope

-Acceptance by David L. Marcus

-The Insider's Guide to the Colleges 2015, 41st Edition, by the Yale Daily News

-The Enlightened College Applicant by Andrew Belasco & Dave Bergman

-Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018 by Edward B. Fiske

ACT/SAT Test Prep Info & Programs

  • Click here for an article discussing the differences between the current SAT and ACT
  • Click here for access to ACT test prep and courses
  • Click here for access to SAT practice tests and test prep
  • Click here to access Testive.com

Naviance Training Links

Apprenticeship Links

  • SLATE (St Louis Area Training & Education Apprenticeships Directory)
  • Click here for the U.S. Department of Labor, St. Louis Office of Apprenticeship Map of Available Apprenticeships
  • Here is the link to the St. Louis Community College List of Programs
  • Click here for Ranken Technical College Programs, Certificates & Degrees