This free college planning website provides a simplified way to navigate
the college process. You will find answers to your many college planning
questions and you won't be asked to provide your name or any other
personal information.


How to begin the college process.

What it takes to get into a Highly Selective College.

How to appeal a college decision.

How high a score you need to qualify as a National Merit Semi-Finalist.

How to increase your chances if  you are wait listed.

Tips and strategies for the college essay.

College opportunities for students with learning disabilities.

Options if you don't want to go to college.

Academic summer programs for high school students.

And much more.

How To Begin

You may want to begin with the category
Choosing A College. This section
will cover the basic information you need in order to get started.

If you are a junior or senior in high school, you should take a look at the
College Planning Calendar. This calendar includes a monthly check-list of
important things to do in the area of college planning.

As you continue your research, you may explore each category that interests
you.  If you have questions that are not answered, you can check the
Frequently Asked Questions section.

After working for many years as a college/career advisor in a public high
school where 98% of the students attend college and 85% attend a four year
college, I have gained a great deal of knowledge about the college process
and I would like to share it with you.

Good luck with your college search!


SAT and Subject Test Dates

October 1, 2016
November 5, 2016
December 3, 2016
January 21, 2017
March 11, 2017  
May 6, 2017
June 3, 2017

Sign up for the SAT at: www.collegeboard.com


Wednesday, October 19, 2016 public schools
Saturday, October 15, 2016      private schools

Check with your high school for the test date at your school.

Students sign up for the PSAT at their high school.

ACT Test Dates

September 10, 2016
October 22, 2016
December 10, 2016
February 11, 2017
April 8, 2017
June 10, 2017

Register for the ACT at: www.actstudent.org

What's New for 2016-17?

Seniors may begin filling out the FAFSA for financial aid on Saturday,
October 1, 2016.

Information from 2015  federal tax will be reported on the form.

See the Financial Aid page for more information.

WHAT'S NEW On The SAT......

The current vocabulary section has been replaced with common words
used in context and more relevant to college course work.

The math section concentrates on proportional reasoning, linear
equations and linear functions. It  includes pre calculus and trigonometry.  
Calculators will not be allowed for one math section.

An optional 50 minute analytical writing section is included. Direct
evidence and arguments will be required.

The new SAT is 3 hours and 50 minutes with the essay.  
There will not be a penalty for guessing.


College Board: http://www.collegeboard.com

Khan Academy: http://www.khanacademy.org

KHAN ACADEMY created practice problems and free instructional videos.



The essay questions for the Common Application:

Select one and write no more than 650 words.

1. Share a story that is central to your identity.
2. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.
3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.
4. Describe a problem you solved or would like to solve.
5. Discuss an accomplishment or event that marked a transition from
childhood to adulthood within your culture, community or family.



New information on Gluten Free College Dining Experiences
(See the Frequently Asked Questions Section)

Colleges with strong gluten-free support:


Gluten-Free College Student Toolkit   http://www.celiaccentral.org


Many college fairs will be held throughout the country.

Check www.nacacnet.org for a location near you.


Academic Resume: Highly Selective Colleges Page
Appealing A College Decision: Appealing A Decision Page
Common Application: College Essay Tips Page
FAFSA: Financial Aid Page
Gap Year: Gap Year Page

Gluten-Free kitchens on college campuses: Frequently Asked Questions
Letters of Recommendation: Highly Selective Colleges Page
Learning Disabled Information: Colleges for Learning Disabled Students
National Hispanic Recognition Program: National Merit Scholarships Page
National Merit Scholarship Cut Off Scores: National Merit Scholarships

PSAT Information:   National Merit Scholarships Page
Summer Programs: Summer Programs Page
Testing Information: How To Choose A College Page
Wait List Information: Getting Wait Listed Page

Also see the Index on the left side of the page.
College Planning Simplified