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Visit our college section on the upper level of the Library near the Reference Desk for test prep books and other books about college admissions.  You can also find a limited number of books in the Teen Zone non-fiction area 371.


The Michigan College Access Portal (MichiganCAP) is a statewide initiative which provides free support for all students and families in Michigan to simplify the process of transitioning from high school to college and career. MichiganCAP will offer students, parents, counselors and adult learners easy-to-use web-based, personalized tools to insure that each step in the process of choosing and applying for college is completed successfully.

Choose a College

iStock_college_studentsACT Inc.--Information for Life's Transitions -- Information on the ACT Assessment, plus sample questions. Also has information on choosing a college, applying for financial aid, and careers.

Accredited Online Colleges and Disability Education -- Information and links regarding online colleges and disabilities.

College Board (SAT Homepage) --  Information on testing dates, advice on test-taking, essay writing, and interviewing, plus financial aid tips and information.

College Night --  Register to gain entrance to a slew of colleges.

American Universities --  An alphabetical list of American universities, with links to community colleges, as well as Canadian and international universities as well.

CollegeNET -- A searchable index of two-year, four-year, technical, vocational, and specialized colleges.

Colleges --  A list of U.S. university home pages arranged by state.

The College Solution - Written by Lynn O'Shaughnessy, author of The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price, this blog covers the whole spectrum of issues involved in choosing a college and paying for it.  Lynn O'Shaughnessy has written or been interviewed about college issues for every major media outlet.  Prior to concentrating on college issues, she was a Financial Journalist for publications such as such as BusinessWeekForbesMoney  and Bloomberg publications.

CollegeView --  College profiles and links, online applications, and scholarship information.

Educational Testing Service -- The ultimate testing site, with links to colleges and careers, information for disabled students, and financial aid advice.

My College Guide --  College application advice, essay writing guidance, and answers to your college questions can be found here.

Kaplan Education Center -- Test preparation, college guides, tips on getting into the college of your choice, and financial aid information.

Noodle - A life-long education related search company founded by the founder of The Princeton Review.  Find detailed, aggregated data on 150,000 schools including things like class size, financial aid, or career outcomes, and insider information.

Peterson's Education Center --  Search all of the Peterson's four-year, two-year, private, and career information, plus get tips on financial aid.

The Princeton Review --  As well as test preparation guides, you can find ifnormation on colleges and their various rankings.

Study Abroad Directory - -- ht A directory of opportunities for you to study in another part of the world.

Test Prep 

Learning Express Library - Take practice tests and access tutorials for ACT, SAT, AP, and more tests. 

Educational Testing Service -- The ultimate testing site, with links to colleges and careers, information for disabled students, and financial aid advice.

College Board's Full Practice Test - SAT practice test for the current year. Note: The SAT unveils a new format in 2016.

I Need a Pencil -- 60 lessons, over 800 practice questions and an SAT score projector

ProProfs: Build and Test Knowledge -- Online SAT study resources

Financial Aid - Compare Student Loans and Apply Online! --  Register to get instant student loan comparisons (private and government loans) and even apply online. Also includes advice, news, and a scholarship search tool.

U.S. Department of Education - FAFSA on the Web -- Print out or fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form right form the Department of Education website.

CBS Report on scholarship search engines and another evaluation of scholarship search engines. What you need to know about which sites that claim to help you find scholarships are worth your time and sharing your information. 

FinAid --  Comprehensive guide to student aid.

Financial Aid Finder -- Comprehensive guide on where to find money for college including how to save for college, announcements of scholarships, and news from Washington that affect Federal Aid for students.

Michigan Department of Education: Grants and Finances -- Financial aid, grants, scholarships, and other state financial aid information.

Nellie Mae -- A subsidiary of Sallie Mae, Nellie Mae lets you calculate college costs, learn about student loan basics, and even download a blank application for federal and private student loans. Also has planning features, and allows you to check the status of your loan online.

Sallie Mae: Student Loan Marketing Association -- Calculate your college costs, then search for scholarships or loans using this site. If you have a loan through Sallie Mae, you can check your account on-line.

Scholarship Tracker -- A spreadsheet to help you track deadlines and deliverables for scholarships. (Also a useful way to track college applications.)

Student Guide to Financial Aid from the Federal Government -- The nuts and bolts on preparing your education, getting financial aid and repaying it.

The U.S. Department of Education Home Page -- Fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and get information directly from the government regarding loans and grants.



ACT Inc.--Information for Life's Transitions  -- Information on the ACT Assessment, plus sample questions. Also has information choosing a college, applying for financial aid, and careers.

JobStar-Guides for Specific Careers  -- Links to professional and educational sites that provide introductions to various careers.

Mapping Your Future -- Plan your career, from selecting a school to paying for school to writing your resume.

Michigan Occupational Information System (MOIS) -- Take the MOIS self-assessment test, then find out about which careers are right for you. Also has information on Michigan schools.

Military Career Guide Online -- Created by the U.S. Armed Forces--Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard--this site discusses the many careers available in the U.S. military.

Occupational Outlook Handbook -- Search on your career of interest to find out its history, educational requirements, job requirements, how much current workers earn and other job-related statistics, plus a forecast of job growth (or decline), earning potential, and opportunities in that field for the next millenium.