Advising Resources

The Guide to Success in College Admissions: Year by Year resources…

This page provides essential resources for all high school students and their families including immigrant families and first generation students (students who will be first in their family to go to a four year college).

Getting oriented

Understanding the American Education System

Understanding the US education system
Get to know the American academic system
Study in the USA article

High School: the transition. What should I expect?

Ensuring a Smooth Transition Into High School
Differences Between Junior High and Middle School
Advice from MS/HS Teachers
10 Differences Between Middle School and High School
Transitions from Moddle Grades to High School
Online Tutoring

Staying sane and staying safe in high school

School Stress: Helping your teen deal
Transition to High School
How You Can Deal With High School Stress
Top 10 School Stress Relievers for Students
Staying Safe in High School

Frequently used terms in high school and college admissions

Educator’s Resource Guide
College Admission Glossary: Learn the Lingo
U.S. Higher Education Glossary

Understanding your high school graduation requirements

California High School Graduation Requirements
Princeton Review

Public university/college admission requirements (compared to HS graduation requirements)

Graduation Requirements
A-G Guide

Your school counselor

School Counselors Help Ease the Process
3 Ways High School Counselors Can Help Students, Parents
20 Questions to Ask Your School Counselor
Working with Your High School Counselor for College Success
Applying to College: Your Counselor's Role

Making your summer count in high school

The Best Summer Plans for High School Students
Summer Programs for High School Students

Independent Educational Counselor — do I need one?

Finding An Independent College Counselor
Private College Admissions Consultants: Does Your Child Need One?
College Consultants For The Arts Need 6 Qualities
12 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Independent Educational Consultant

College Planning Timelines for Students and Parents

College Planning Timelines
High School Planning Timeline

Standardized tests/ college entrance exams

College Entrance Exams

College Application and Admission Process

College finder and for comparing colleges

College Match at College Data
Fisk Guide
US News

College application and financial aid resources

Common App
Universal College App
University of California
Financial aid profile (collegeboard)
Financial aid calculators
Understand College Costs scholarship engine
Guide to Securing Your Child's Credit Future
Guide to Securing Your College-Student's Credit Future
Scholarship Search

Making the right decision: college list and final admission

College Chances
Top 15 Mistakes to Avoid in Choosing a College
Top Ten Rules for Selecting a College or University - See more at:
How to Decide What College to Attend

Preparing for success in college

What Will College Life Be Like?
College Time Management 101 Empowering Academic, College, and Career Success