Initial NCAA Eligibility (please note upcoming changes to applicants enrolling in college in 2018)
Chegg - Chegg offers admissions information on all US Universities. This sight is a must when creating your College lists. Compare your GPA, and test scores with their admittance scores and you will be able to determine what are your reach, target and safety school. Experts say you should have 2-3 reach, 4-6 target and 2-3 safety school on your list.
Colleges of Distinction - As their website says, “Colleges of Distinction is a college guide with a unique approach. Instead of looking for the richest or the most famous schools, we ask about what really matters: Which colleges are the best places to learn, to grow, and to succeed?” This site has in-depth write-ups for over 100 colleges, most of which are not highlighted in the mainstream guidebooks.
Fairtest - Do you have a student who does well academically but struggles with the SAT? Fairtest, an organization that works to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing, maintains a list of over 800 schools where SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission.
Unigo - Unigo is mostly based off of student reviews of schools around the country. Type a college’s name in the search bar, and you’ll be directed to a page packed with information about that school – everything from a student ranking of professor accessibility to their frank opinions on campus food. Stick to the “At a Glance” and “Summary” sections to get an in-depth overall look into what the college is like; also check out the cool student-uploaded “Campus Pics” and “Video” section. Just a heads up: college students, just like high school students, usually aren’t shy about sharing their opinion, for better or for worse. So when you’re reading any student-based reviews, keep in mind that you should read multiple reviews and form your own opinion based off of all the information.
Youniversitytv - If you can get past the strange spelling of the name, you’ll find a website kids like. Youniversitytv offers online tour guides who give personal tours through campuses all over the country. The tour guides interview current students, admissions officers, faculty, and professors while highlighting notable information about each college. Like unigo.com, this site is new and still adding colleges, so it’s not quite as robust as we’d like. But we’ll use and recommend just about any college resource that kids will actually use as long as the information is good (which, in this case, it is).
College Lists - This is a public site where college counselors can post and edit lists of colleges based on specific criteria. Need to find a list of 3-2 architecture programs? How about a list of schools that have good dance programs for students who don’t want to major in dance? Or schools with a snowboarding team? Someone else has probably found—and posted—it for you.