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Advanced Placement (AP) - The AP Program offers 38 courses in 23 subject areas, with challenging course guidelines developed by the College Board. The site has useful materials for increasing rigor in academic programs plus information on AP workshops and institutes for teachers, sample exam questions for students, and information on AP-related grants and fee reductions. The site also provides subject specific content and preparation resources for teachers.

Adventures in Education – High School – The theme of this site is College is Within Your Reach and it features resources on planning for and applying to college, FAFSA, and career explorations. There is always a monthly Things to Do This Month checklist that is especially useful for high school seniors. There is a similar Adventures in Education – Middle School site and Spanish versions are available. The site is sponsored by the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation.

Adult Education – California Adult Education serves more than two million students annually through public adult schools, community colleges, libraries, community and faith-based organizations, and correctional institutions. This site provides information on California’s adult schools and programs as well as the California Adult Education Students Succeed project.

American College Testing (ACT) - A nonprofit organization that provides educational services to students and their parents, to high schools and colleges, and to various professional organizations and government agencies. ACT is best known for its college admissions testing program, but has other programs as well. The web site includes information on registering for the ACT test; test prep tips; sample questions and score information; a financial need estimator; and tips on college and career planning. In addition, the site offers a student planning guide and year-by-year college planning checklists to help students choose high school classes and take the actions needed to successfully apply for college. ACT has also developed tools for teachers to use in assessing student work, tracking academic progress, and identifying what students need to learn to succeed in college.

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American Indian College Fund – Information on scholarships as well as other resources, including online (downloadable) guides. The series of four handbooks is entitled Developing Your Vision While Attending College and is co-published by the American Indian College Fund and the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). Handbooks include: Making the Decision to Attend College, Paying for a College Education, Managing your Money, and Choosing Your Path.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) -- largest non-profit organization devoted solely to providing scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Has links to scholarship information.

Assist – Provides information on course transfers for students who plan to transfer from a California community college to a University of California or California State University campus. Resources include a tool to identify transferable courses for specific colleges and majors. Another tool allows a student to explore UC and CSU majors.

Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) – Provides links to all of California’s independent colleges and universities. There is also a downloadable 180-page Guide with profiles of each independent college and university as well as graduate/professional schools. Additionally, there is information on affiliated colleges in Mexico and an index of CA Independent College/University degree programs.

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Black Colleges Search – An online resource for prospective African-American students looking for information on historically black colleges and universities. There are links to numerous black colleges.

Black Excel: The College Help Network - Especially dedicated to African-American families and students. It includes information about preparing for college, scholarships, historically black colleges (including virtual tours), and summer enrichment programs. There is also a free newsletter.

Bridging Multiple Worlds Toolkit – Includes activities to help students build pathways to college and careers in partnership with their families, schools, and cultural communities. Materials are available in English and Spanish. There is an emphasis on student choice and on building a college identity.

California Apprenticeships – While this is not exactly a college pathway, apprenticeship programs are a pathway to further education and to viable careers for interested students, and many apprenticeship programs require strengths in math, science, technology, and reasoning. This site has links to apprenticeship programs in fields ranging from civil service to culinary to surveyors to more traditional trades such as carpenter and electrician. The typical apprenticeship involves three to five years of both on-the-job-training and classroom learning. Many apprenticeship programs are connected to adult education and/or Regional Occupational Centers/Programs. Others are based in community colleges. The California Department of Education has links to additional apprenticeship resources.  Please see  Also visit the California Apprenticeship Coordinator Organization:

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California Careers – The home page of the California Career Resource Network (CalCRN), this site provides career information and resources, including self-assessment tools. Some featured (and downloadable) resources include: The California Career Planning Guide, California Career Zone, California Reality Check (lifestyle budget), and The Real Game California

California Career Zone – This interactive web site is student-friendly and includes self-assessment instruments, an overview of 15 California industry sectors with 900 occupations, over 300 videos, a reality check section for financial calculations, a search option for finding your favorite career, and more.

California GEAR UP Resources Clearinghouse – Sponsored by the Federal GEAR UP program, this site includes resources for parents and educators. One especially useful tool is the School Self-Assessment Rubric used to measure progress toward developing a college-going culture and becoming an effective middle school community. The Rubric identifies six conditions of a college-going culture, as: development of a college-going culture, rigorous academic curriculum, high quality teaching, intensive academic and college-going support, multicultural college-going identity, and family-neighborhood-school supports. It is easily adaptable for high schools.

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California Colleges - Provides a summary of the requirements for all kinds of colleges in California as well as resources on planning for college. There is a special section for high school students.  There are also several useful tools, including an undergraduate student-campus matching section, a high school planner that helps you compare your high school courses to the subject requirements for the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU), a Student-Career Matching Assistant, a Career Portfolio, and a Scholarship Search.

California Community Colleges Disabled Students Programs and Services – Features support services on college campuses, educational accommodations and specialized instruction for students with disabilities.

California Community Colleges System – The official site of the California Community College System, the largest higher educational system in the nation, comprised of 72 districts and 109 colleges with more than 2.5 million students. Community colleges supply workforce training and basic skills education, prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions, and offer opportunities for personal enrichment and lifelong learning. The site has links to all of the California Community Colleges.

California Department of Education (CDE)  - The core purpose of the California Department of Education is to lead and support the continuous improvement of student achievement, with a specific focus on closing achievement gaps. You can find many resources and links here. A few highlights include resources on closing the achievement gap, information on the California High School Exit Examination, plus links to college/career counseling resources.

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California Education Roundtable/ Intersegmental Coordinating Committee (ICC) - The California Education Roundtable (Roundtable) is the vehicle for CA education coordination. Members include the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the President of the University, the Chancellors of the State University and the Community Colleges, the President of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, and the Executive Director of CPEC. The operational arm of the Roundtable is the Intersegmental Coordinating Committee (ICC), which is composed of staff, faculty, and student representatives from all sectors of education. One of the Roundtable’s current projects is College: Making It Happen, a program designed to communicate to families and school educators the importance of early academic and financial planning. The materials here were designed for parents and educators of sixth to ninth grade students but can be adapted to other grade levels. Downloadable resources on the site include California Colleges & Universities; The Complete Pocket Guide; College: Making It Happen (English and Spanish); and Futures: Making High School Count (English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Hmong, Khmer)

California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) – All California public school students must pass the CAHSEE exam, as well as meet other state and local requirements, in order to receive a high school diploma. This CDE link provides an overview of the exam and a link to resources for the CAHSEE. These include exam blueprints, released questions, student study guides, and teacher guides in Language Arts and Mathematics.

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California High School Proficiency Exam – California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) is a program established by California law. If eligible to take the test, students can earn the legal equivalent of a high school diploma by passing the CHSPE. The CHSPE consists of an English-language Arts and a Mathematics section. If a student passes both, the California State Board of Education awards a Certificate of Proficiency, which by state law is equivalent to a high school diploma (although not equivalent to completing all coursework required for regular graduation from high school). The site includes information about the requirements and contents of the exam.

California Maritime Academy - Located in Vallejo, CA, the California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) is a unique and specialized campus of The California State University that offers students bachelor’s degrees in business administration, facilities engineering technology, global studies and maritime affairs, marine engineering technology, marine transportation, and mechanical engineering. Cal Maritime is one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States, and the only one on the west coast.

California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) – CPEC integrates policy, fiscal, planning, data, and programmatic analyses about issues concerning education beyond high school to the legislative, executive branches of California government and to the general public. The site has many useful resources, including: a College Guide (to 467 degree-granting CA colleges and universities and vocational institutions), Transfer Pathways, and College-Going Rates: Public High Schools by Assembly Districts

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California State Universities (CSU) – The main CSU site ( has extensive information on all 23 of the CSU campuses. There are links to each of the CSU campuses and an online application. There is a related How to Get To College site ( for middle school and high school students and families. Users can learn more about applying to CSU and order a free copy of the How To Get To College poster. Information and resources are provided for each grade level in English & Spanish. The site provides an online CSU application and information on English/Math placement tests, a high school planner, transfer planner, and middle school resources. The online application is the preferred method of application.
CSU awards bachelor and master degrees in more than 200 subjects. Campuses include: Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Channel Islands, CSU Chico, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU East Bay, CSU Fresno, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Monterey Bay, CSU Northridge, CSU Sacramento, CSU San Bernardino, CSU San Marcos, CSU Stanislaus, Humboldt State University, San Diego State University, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Sonoma State University.

California Student Aid Commission - The California Student Aid Commission is committed to make education beyond high school financially accessible to all Californians. The is the official site for information about Cal Grants and other student aid programs, their requirements, and how to apply for them. Publications include Fund Your Future, a Student Financial Aid Workbook, and Fact Sheets (in English, Spanish, and 7 other languages.)

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California Virtual Campus – Provides information on online courses and programs that are available at the California Community Colleges as well as at California’s public and private four-year colleges and universities.

California Vocational and Technical Schools - Available on the website, RWM, a database of Private Postsecondary Vocational Schools in California. (The site provides similar databases for all 50 states.) Listings are organized first by State, then by Training Occupation. Included are private schools that offer certificates, diplomas, associate (junior college) degrees, and bachelor (college) degrees in various business, trade and technical disciplines.

Campus Tours – Links to over 800 colleges/universities with virtual tours, interactive campus maps, pictures, videos, web-cams, admission requirements, fields of study, and tuition costs. Users can search alphabetically or by state. 

Careers and Colleges: Your Guide to a Successful Future – Includes virtual tours and information on over 4000 colleges, a scholarship search function, test prep information, information on loans, and related articles. Because the sponsor also publishes the widely distributed Careers and Colleges magazine, there are links to and useful articles on college admissions, financial aid, test prep, special interests, and careers. (This site was previously called CollegeXPress)

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Careers Org - offers an extensive directory of links to careers, jobs, education, employment and career reference resources sorted by topic and region. You can search for colleges and/or career training schools by state plus there are excellent resources on resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and more.

Cash for College – Includes information on Cal Grants, how to apply, Cash for College regional workshops where students and parents can get help filling out the FAFSA (and even win an additional $1,000 scholarship).

Center for Educational Partnerships, UC Berkeley – A variety of resources to support building a college culture, including Realizing the College Dream: A Teacher-Advisor Guide; Power Point presentations (in English and Spanish) on Debunking the Myths of Financial Aid and Preparing for College: A Guide for Families. Also presentations on the FAFSA application; college-going checklists by grade level; A-G posters for classroom display (with the a-g requirements, and a place to post your high school a-g list from Doorways (; Education is Key posters; and the Fast Forward to College (FFWD) newsletter, a good resource for articles and materials for classroom College and Career corners. 

College Admissions at - A sampling of articles and links includes: Essay Madness, The Value of AP and IB Courses, Colleges Still Debating SAT Writing Test, College Essay Help, Employer-Based College Counseling, A Well-Rounded Application, Being Realistic About College Options, Should You Study for the PSAT?, Top Colleges, and How to Survive the SAT and ACT.

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College Admissions at How Stuff - Topics include: Introduction to How College Admission Works, Selecting a College, College Applications, SAT Scores and Minority Students, College Admissions, Lots More Information. Visit

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College and – One of several popular College and University search sites.  Users can search by school type (campus, online); subject/ program of interest; and/or zip code. Other resources include free career assessment, scholarship search, and Canadian schools. - Sallie Mae's provides a wide array of free tools useful for students and parents to plan for all aspects of higher education, especially with respect to paying for college. The scholarship database includes information in both English and Spanish. Named Forbes’ Best of the Web multiple times in the college-planning category; has the NACAC Seal of Approval.

College Board Online – The College Board is a national association of schools, colleges, and educational organizations dedicated to increasing access to college. The site includes college planning and college search tools. Students can find free SAT and PSAT Practice Tests; SAT Questions of the Day; information about the SAT I, SAT II and PSAT; information on registering for the SAT exams; SAT prep materials; plus information on applying to college and paying for college. There is a college scholarship search with a database of over 2300 sources of funding. There are also resources to boost student skills in time management, use of study groups, homework, and more.

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College Bound – This is one of several sites that helps students search accredited colleges and universities nationwide by state, program, or degree.

College Data - This site is sponsored by 1st Financial Bank and includes sections on Making Your College Match, The Goods on Getting In, and Financing Your College Education. There is a searchable college match feature and a link to the Common College Application.  The site also links to College Buzz, an online magazine with stories about getting into college and college life. The site is one of several approved by National Association for College Admission Counseling.

College Edge – This site is for high school, international, and transfer students who want to find the right college and/or inform colleges about themselves. It also has information on colleges, careers, financial aid, and majors.

College Financial Aid at How Stuff - Topics include: Introduction to How College Financial Aid Works; What is Financial Aid; How Do I Apply for Need-Based Aid?; Formulas and Applying: A Financial Aid Example; What Happens If I Qualify?; Scholarships: Merit-based; Scholarships: Local and National; What If I Have to Get a Job?; Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC); What About Loans?; Student Loans; Parent Loans; Some Words of Wisdom; Lots More Information.

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College is Possible (CIP) – Features materials from the American Council on Education's (ACE) K–16 youth development program. ACE works to motivate middle and high school students from underserved communities to seek a college education. Types of Resources include: Choosing the Right College, Community Engagement; Jump Start Your Education; Parental Involvement; Preparing for College, Paying for College, and Recognition Events. Several resources are also available in Spanish. There is a comprehensive financial aid glossary, a guide for parents to choosing a college, and links to college searches.

College Navigator - Offered by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, this site has an impressive database with information on colleges and universities nationwide. College Navigator allows future students to evaluate and compare institutions’ prices, financial aid, enrollment fees and academic disciplines.

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CollegeNET – This site offers searchable information and links to college work sites. It has financial aid and scholarship information and opportunities to file online applications.

College Next - College Next is an organization formed by university and college presidents of California schools who are committed to building a better future for the students of California by encouraging them to attend college. Many of the resources on this site can be applied to any school in the country.

College Quest – This site (launching in Winter 2008) is sponsored by Peterson’s and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. It features a college search program as well as information on financial aid and admission tests. Each student can create a free profile and be matched to schools which best fit their profile.

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College-Scholarships – Has free college scholarship and financial aid searches, SAT and ACT test preparation tips, information on accredited online degrees and distance learning, career education, colleges with programs for learning disabled students, colleges for women, religious colleges, historically black colleges, and more.

College Toolkit One of several college and scholarship search sites that are free to students. Includes an extensive database of 4000+ colleges, scholarship searches, student loan comparisons, financial aid calculators, career-interest surveys, downloadable resources for counselors, and more. There are also articles, such as Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a College Admissions Essay, College Transfer Guide, Educational Savings Guide. And career-interest surveys and searches, resources for counselors, and more.

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CollegeView – Allows students to take virtual college tours, find scholarships and financial aid information, and apply to college electronically. Includes an extensive list of California colleges and universities and provides information about admissions, financial aid, and student life. One of the sites recommended in a National Association of College Admissions Counseling newsletter.

Common Application - The option of applying to colleges online is readily available and some colleges even require this. This site is home to the Web-enabled Common Application, which is accepted by hundreds of colleges across the country. An emerging practice involves having each student complete the Common Application – or another college application -- as part of her/his College and Career Portfolio.

CSO College Center - CSO College Center is an initiative of Center for Student Opportunity, a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote college access and opportunity among first-generation and historically underserved student populations. The website targets first-generation, low-income, and minority students, and includes an “ask the experts” section where you can send in questions online. There is also a college guide with information on college bound culture, college search, the application, and paying for college.

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East Bay Consortium of Educational Institutions - one of fifteen California Student Opportunity and Access Projects (Cal-SOAP) administered by the California Student Aid Commission.  The site has extensive resources for students interested in applying for college, including links to college resources on the web, junior and senior checklists, guide to financial aid, steps to go to college, online college planning, SAT & ACT information, California college admissions requirements, black universities, choosing a college campus, and more.

E Campus Tours – This site features 360-degree virtual campus tours of over 1200 colleges. Each tour allows you to see what college life is like through unique panoramic photographs. You can also search the college website, contact the college's admission office, or save the virtual college tour in your eCampusTours portfolio.  There is also information re. planning for and choosing a college, student financial aid, campus life, career exploration, student loans, and scholarships. Approved by National Association for College Admission Counseling.

Ed Fund Information to help students and parents make financial decisions about paying for college, plus resources related to college planning, career exploration, and money management. Ed Fund also has an online financial aid planning guide: EdWise. Other resources include: Fund Your Future: Student Financial Aid Workbook; and Fund Your Future: Counselors’ Guide, a free workbook for counselors about financial aid.  One version of this workbook is specific to California; the other takes a national perspective.

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Educational Testing Service (ETS) = As the world's largest private educational testing and measurement organization, ETS develops, administers, or scores more than 50 million tests annually in more than 180 countries at more than 9,000 locations internationally. There is information on AP, PSAT, SAT , and other tests plus resources for test takers, test takers with disabilities, English language learners, parents, and others.

El Puente Project - El Puente is a project of the Center for Urban and Multicultural Education (CUME) in the School of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in collaboration with Indianapolis area schools, and community members and organizations. The website has some useful materials on applying for college admission, including Guidelines for Undocumented Students. While the steps described apply to Indiana applicants, they are adaptable elsewhere. There are other useful tools and materials.


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