Education Quest: Headquartered in Lincoln, EducationQuest Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve access to higher education in Nebraska. Services include free college planning services, outreach services, need-based scholarship programs, and college access grants.
College reality check: This site helps parents and students calculate the likelihood that a particular institution will graduate students within four years, the net cost of attending a given school, and whether the degree program is likely to pay off financially.
College Board’s site enables comparisons of tuition, size, selectivity level, and typical ACT/SAT scores used.
Colleges That Change Lives: This collection of 40 small, residential, student-focused liberal arts colleges have holistic admissions (meaning the college considers a range of admission factors beyond GPA and test scores). The site offers advice ranging from student stress to various points along the admissions process.
Considering the admissions essay
Tufts University provides an admissions officer’s perspective on what sells, particularly with the essay prompts that have very short word limits. See their blog for more insight.
The University of Pennsylvania also describes what works, this time geared more for those who like an analytical approach.
The Undergraduate Admissions Dean at Yale also provides insight on the application essay.