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For most of us, five areas of spending will consume over 50% of the money we earn during our lifetime, ....The five areas are: Home, car, children, education and retirement". Manisha Thakor, Forbes Magazine
 

information is power. 

“The better information one has, the more one will be able to control events.”

Sir Francis Bacon

For students and families starting their college journey, it has never been more critical to access information to learn about colleges to discover which schools align with their aspirations.  Investing in the college search is as important as your investment in your child's college education. Looking at rankings or a single source for college admission information may not be enough - even a school's website. We've collected our favorite resources and put them in one place to help you get started. You'll find college.u advice and tips on exploring and touring colleges- virtually and in-person, books that provide context and sometimes an inside peek of the admissions' world, links to sites like FAFSA and Scorecard to help clarify financial aid, and search tools to help you start a college list. If you're a DIY student or family, having the right tools is a good beginning. Start here with the college.u college resources & book page and then take advantage of the other free resources: 

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Helping students find their best-fit colleges, whether working together privately or providing free resources, continues to be essential to the college.u approach. The world of college admission evolves with each application cycle- look for updates. Come for the tips, stay for the resources.

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college.u On the Road - Exploring Colleges

Learning about colleges takes preparation and planning. college.u On the Road tips will help get you started. Download this pdf as part of your tool-kit for in-person or virtual tours.

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college visit not possible? become a virtual sleuth 

Detective, researcher, and explorer are some of the hats you may wear during your college journey. Not every student can have an in-person college tour. Taking advantage of virtual information sessions, Ambassador Chats, and college fairs in the comfort of your home can expand your knowledge of colleges familiar and soon to be discovered.

virtual college fairs & tours

Visiting colleges is not always possible. Using online tools and virtual tours that can be found on many college websites will help your college detective work continue without delay. 

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Strive Virtual College Exploration Week

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NACAC Virtual College Fairs

WACAC Spring College Fairs

Colleges That Change Lives College Fairs

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find your major

Whether you know precisely which majors you want for college or are hoping to explore majors, this Tableau Tool created by Jon Boeckenstedt will help you find majors by school that fit your goals. click image to search.

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recommended reads

“Read.” It is my favorite word (other than “accepted.”)[1] Being “well-read” provides an essential foundation for comprehension, critical thought, and communication. The amount of parenting and college admission books intended to help students and parents navigate the college journey may seem endless. Here, I share my favorites and must-have books. Look for seasonal “Recommended Reads” throughout the year and occasionally in newsletters.
[1] Read Patrick Sullivan, English Professor’s “An Open Letter to High School Students about Reading”posted on Stanford University’s Tomorrow’s Professor Posting page