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General Guidelines for Getting a Recommendation Letter adobe reader symbol - Each school will have its own policy, but these are consider general and respectful of people's time when writing a letter of recommendation.

Student Recommendation Brochure: microsoft word symbol This brochure is designed for students to complete a picture of their high school experience for teachers. The more time put into the brochure, the better the results will be in receiving an excellent letter from the teachers.

Student Brochure Worksheet: microsoft word symbol Designed to help student brainstorm what they have done over their four years in high school.

Sample Student Brochure: adobe reader symbol A student we recently worked with.

School Comparison Chart: microsoft word symbol An easy way to compare schools.

Activities Resume - microsoft word symbol List out your activities, time, roles and responsibilities with this easy word document.

Resume Template - microsoft word symbol This is a simple resume template to follow and fill out.

Writing the Essay: Sound Advice from an Expert - Tips from Parke Muth, Senior Assistant Dean and Director of International Admission, Office of Undergraduate Admission, University of Virginia.

Essays That Work - What does the Admissions Committee look for in a successful essay? It’s one of our most commonly asked questions. Since the essay is an important part of the application process, the Admissions Committee has selected examples of essays that worked, written by members of the Johns Hopkins Incoming Classes. These essays represent just a few examples of essays we found impressive and helpful during the past admissions cycle.

"Imagine: Big Ideas for Bright Minds" - This is a comprehensive list of academic summer programs compiled by Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth.

Why It's Important to Think About Your Career in High School - The sooner you begin making plans for your future career-wise, the better off you'll be. Considering how competitive the job market has become, it’s never too early to start to think about your career. “What are you going to do when you grow up?” is a common question, even for elementary school children, but today, high schoolers are reportedly planning ahead and seeking internships to help them get into college and land job opportunities down the road.

The 100 Best Jobs - All jobs aren’t created equal. In fact, some are simply better than the rest. 


Campus Tours - Provides an opportunity to tour campus when the time and distance might be too much.

College Board - For college searching, SAT registration and more.

College Fairs Online – CollegeWeekLive! - College fairs held weekly online where students can search colleges and visit admissions experts online!

Colleges that Changes Lives - Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. We support the goal of each student finding a college that develops a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college.

Education Corner - Education that Matters - Billed as "The most comprehensive database of colleges, universities and higher education institutions."

Financial Aid Award Letter- What financial aid should you accept?

Historically Black Colleges and Universities - This is the website from the White House Initiative with HBCUs and their 2020 Goal.

GoCollege - get ready for admissions, find financial aid, become a better student, and survive college.

Peterson's - Your comprehensive guide to college information

US News and World Report - For those that need to know rankings of schools. In the end, what really matters is the fit of the school for your child and what they do while they are on campus.

The ACT - Register for the ACT Assessment.

Test Optional Schools - The National Center for Fair & Open- A site that provides those schools who are SAT/Testing optional in making college decisions.


College Board's Financial Calculator's - Do the Math and have an idea where you stand. Remember that you will not know what you receive until you have an offer in your hand from a college. A great set of calculators to look at different aspects of financing college and making loan payments.

Student Loan Calculator - Imagine you've just graduated from college. Do you know how much your monthly loan payment will be? This calculator will help you understand your student loan repayments in relation to your possible starting salary. Enter the amount(s) you have borrowed or expect to borrow for college, graduate, or professional school in the form below. Then, enter the amount you expect to earn when you graduate. Submit the form electronically to get an analysis of whether the amount you have borrowed or expect to borrow is manageable or potentially burdensome.


Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool - The Clery Act also requires the U.S. Department of Education to collect and disseminate campus crime statistics. Use this tool to find safety statistics about specific schools.

Parents - Please remember that you can obtain the campus crime statistics from the college/university police department. It is your right and required to be given to you when it is requested. If there are any problems obtaining the report, you should question whether you would want your son or daughter attending that school. The Security on Campus site is an excellent resource for assisting you in campus security, information and your rights.

"Thinking about my options during my sophomore year has opened up my eyes to the possibilities that exist. My parents and I are talking about it and feel very confident in what we have to do!" 

Parent of a High School Sophomore - Enfield, Connecticut




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