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Mrs. Joanne Lewis
Director, College & Career Center
310-378-8471 Ext. 43618
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Mrs. Teresa Hoffman
Scholarship & Financial Aid Coordinator
310-378-8471 Ext. 43347
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The College Tour

 

 If students and parents want to gain EXCEPTIONAL INSIGHT into some great colleges, their programs and (most important) the STUDENT EXPERIENCE on these campuses, please check out

The College Tour 

 

that is now in its Fourth Season, as it provides an inside look into college campuses around the world.

 

About The Show…

The College Tour is a TV series brought to you by Emmy-nominated and multi-award-winning producers.

Hosted by Alex Boylan, each episode of The College Tour tells the story of a single college through the lens of its students.

The College Tour is truly a one-of-a-kind series featuring colleges and universities in a way they have never been seen before!  For example, here is a look into the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: https://www.thecollegetour.com/episodes/university-of-illinois/

 
 

 

 

PVHSCCC College & Career Library

 

Below you will find a number of great books that offer helpful information on College and Career Planning for parents and students! (Descriptions via Google Books)

 

 

The College Finder: Choose the School That’s Right for You!  The College Finder

Fourth Edition

 
By Steven R. Antonoff, Ph.D.

In the fourth edition of The College Finder, Dr. Steven R. Antonoff has compiled nearly 700 lists that will help students zero in on the colleges where they can get in and fit in. As the author notes, “The primary goal of The College Finder is to expand the pool of schools that students consider, extend the possibilities they envision, and magnify their sense of power as they research colleges.”  College guides tend to be thick compendiums offering “snapshots” of hundreds of schools. Much of this information is available on individual college websites, and little of it will help a student differentiate among the thousands of choices out there.

 

The College Finder is in a class by itself. Essentially, it is a book of lists. The latest edition features lists of schools organized by essential categories (Academics, Student Life, Athletics, Costs, Admission, and Expert Opinions) as well as unexpected classifications (Where Most Students Live On Campus, Great Colleges For Cyclists, Colleges With the Most Computers Available to Students, Great Value Colleges, and Hidden Gems). Want to find out which schools charge no tuition, combine undergraduate degrees with a medical degree, offer toy design, are committed to the environment, love their football teams, seek diversity in their student body, or have unusually accessible teachers

 

Who Gets In and Why

 

Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions        

By Jeffrey Selingo

From award-winning higher education journalist and New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Selingo comes a revealing look from inside the admissions office—one that identifies surprising strategies that will aid in the college search.

In Who Gets In and Why, journalist and higher education expert Jeffrey Selingo dispels entrenched notions of how to compete and win at the admissions game, and reveals that teenagers and parents have much to gain by broadening their notion of what qualifies as a “good college.” Hint: it’s not all about the sticker on the car window. Selingo, who was embedded in three different admissions offices—a selective private university, a leading liberal arts college, and a flagship public campus—closely observed gatekeepers as they made their often agonizing and sometimes life-changing decisions. He also followed select students and their parents, and he traveled around the country meeting with high school counselors, marketers, behind-the-scenes consultants, and college rankers.


While many have long believed that admissions is merit-based, rewarding the best students, Who Gets In and Why presents a more complicated truth, showing that “who gets in” is frequently more about the college’s agenda than the applicant. In a world where thousands of equally qualified students vie for a fixed number of spots at elite institutions, admissions officers often make split-second decisions based on a variety of factors—like diversity, money, and, ultimately, whether a student will enroll if accepted.  One of the most insightful books ever about “getting in” and what higher education has become, Who Gets In and Why not only provides an usually intimate look at how admissions decisions get made, but guides prospective students on how to honestly assess their strengths and match with the schools that will best serve their interests.  

 

The Truth About College Admission

 

The Truth about College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together

By Brennan Barnard, Rick Clark

Is your family just starting to think about visiting colleges? Maybe you are in the throes of the experience, feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. Did we miss a deadline? Should we be looking in-state or out-of-state, big school or small school? And what is a "FAFSA" anyway?

The Truth about College Admission is the easy-to-follow, comprehensive, go-to guide for families. The expert author’s “with inside knowledge from both the high school and university sides of the experience” provide critical advice, thoughtful strategies, helpful direction, and invaluable reassurance during the long and often bewildering college admission journey. From searching for colleges and creating a list of favorites to crafting an application, learning what schools are looking for academically and outside the classroom, and getting insight into how colleges decide who to accept, this book covers every important step. Helpful sections like "Try This," "Talk about This," and "Check In" show your family how to have open and balanced conversations to keep everyone on the same page, feeling less stressed, and actually enjoying the adventure together. The Truth about College Admission is the practical and inspiring guidebook your family needs, an essential companion along the path to college acceptance.

College Admission EssentialsCollege Admission Essentials: A Step-by-Step Guide to Showing Colleges Who You Are and What Matters to You

By Ethan Sawyer

 

You may think that getting an acceptance letter from selective colleges and universities is a mad dash to the top that only the very best students survive, and those who make it are just the lucky ones. Stress levels soar as it feels like the bar is rising higher and everything is out of your control.  But that's not true! You can take control, and you can do it in a way that's as effective as it is empowering. From describing your extracurriculars to interviews with admission officers, it comes down to two questions:

What matters most to you?   How does it manifest in your life?

The answers will give direction to every part of the admission process. Ethan Sawyer (the College Essay Guy), along with dozens of top admission experts, will help you stand out by showing colleges and universities how your values and your drive will change you, your alma mater, and the world.

Inside you'll find...Advice and insight from a team of counselors, advisors, and deans of admission, Interactive exercises that quickly and easily provide the best content for your application, Access to a massive database of online resources, including organizational tools and in-depth guides, Guidance for veterans, students with learning differences, LGBTQ+ students, students interested in women's colleges or HBCUs, and more!

 

 

The College Conversation by Eric J. Furda and Jacques SteinbergThe College Conversation: A PRACTICAL COMPANION FOR PARENTS TO GUIDE THEIR CHILDREN ALONG THE PATH TO HIGHER EDUCATION                                By ERIC J. FURDA and JACQUES STEINBERG                                    The College Conversation is a comprehensive resource for mapping the path through the college application process that provides practical advice and reassurance to keep both anxious parents and confused children sane and grounded. Rather than adding to the existing canon of “How to Get In” college guides or rankings, Eric Furda and Jacques Steinberg provide a step-by-step approach to having the tough conversations on this topic with less stress and more success.  The book is organized around key discussions and themes that trace the chronological arc of admissions and financial aid–beginning before the assembly of a list of potential colleges and continuing through the receipt of decisions–with a final section that includes advice on the first year of college. The topics include preliminary conversations about the search, and specifically how parents can think about their children’s interests and what kind of college would best suit them; choosing a college (based on its curriculum, culture, and community); writing the most effective essays; assessing acceptances, including considerations of finances and aid; and making the transition from high school to college life.

Teen's Guide to College  & Career PlanningTeen's Guide to College & Career Planning

By Justin Ross Muchnick

 

With input from teens, parents, and numerous experts, Teens' Guide to College & Career Planning knows just how to talk to high school students about the important decisions involving life after graduation. This easy-to-read guide, with updated content, enables busy students to hone in on the right information for them. Whether it's mapping the road from high school to college, figuring out financial aid, determining if joining the military is the right move, preparing for an interview, or developing early career skills, Teens' Guide addresses each option available to young adults with meaningful information. Inside you'll find valuable advice from guidance counselors, instructors, college admission officials, military officers, and most importantly-other high school students!

 


Helpful Websites

 
Target Issue Description or Special Features Website Address
College Planning National Assoc. of College Admission Counseling’s links to resources for college planning www.nacacnet.org 
College Planning Planning, applying, deciding, and financing college www.collegeanswer.com
College Planning Investigate college majors www.mymajors.com
College Planning Plan and investigate college options www.collegegrazing.com
College Planning Considering a gap year?
College Planning  What Can I Do With A Major In...??
College Planning Which College Major Should You Be?
College Planning NY Times 4 Steps to Choosing College Major
College Planning The Students Guide to Choosing a Major
College Planning Guide to Choosing a College Major
College Search Investigate colleges, college majors, test prep for SAT and AP classes www.collegeboard.com
College Search College profiles, majors, viewbooks, applications, has great articles www.nextstepmagazine.com
College Search Colleges That Change Lives www.ctcl.com
College Search Resources for college search, admissions & Scholarship Unigo
College Search Specialty schools & opportunities around the world www.collegeview.com
College Search College search, test prep, and financial aid Fiske Guide
College Search Colleges of Distinction www.collegesofdistinction.com
College
Search
General College Search Info Niche
College Search The Community College option http://bit.ly/1DeG7cF
College Search College admission/search info Big Future College Search
SAT Testing SAT and SAT registration info www.collegeboard.com
SAT Testing STA Score Reports: Which colleges want what? - PDF www.collegeboard.com
ACT Testing ACT and ACT registration info www.actstudent.org
Testing How do ACT and SAT scores compare? - PDF www.act.org
Testing Test-optional colleges by state and A - Z www.fairtest.org/univ/optional.htm
Athletes NCAA recruitment rules, and eligibility infoNCAA Clearinghouse www.ncaa.org
Athletes National Assoc. of Intercollegiate Athletics www.naia.org
LD College planning for students with learning disabilities www.chadd.org
LD College planning for students with learning disabilities college.planning.LD.html
LD College planning for students with learning disabilities www.ldanatl.org/
Canadian Schools Search programs and info on Canadian universities www.schoolfinder.com
Accelerated  Med Programs Combined BA-MD programs www.aamc.org
Career Occupational Outlook Handbook - Up to date info on hundreds of careers http://stats.bls.gov/ooh/
Career/College opportunities
Connecting high school students of all backgrounds to a proven selection of exceptional opportunities for college and life.
PeerLift
Career Connecting College Majors to Careers career.berkeley.edu/Plan/MajorToCareer
Career A guide created by UC Berkeley to help you learn  more about the careers you’ve been considering. Career Center 
Career  Guide into career descriptions with links to the“real” world. Provides links to resources. Occupational Outlook Handbook
Career The most extensive career resource library online. Smart career decisions start here! Career One Stop 
Career Personality assessment provides detailed report on your personality type. Explore a list of suggested careers and majors that fit your personality and strengths. My Road Career 
Career Career exploration defined by you.  Check this out on your Naviance Family Connection as well! Road Trip Nation
Career Princeton Review Career Search Tool https://bit.ly/2LavLH0
U.S. Colleges Alphabetical list of colleges in the United States. Provides links to International schools. American Colleges 
California Junior Colleges List of community colleges with addresses, phone numbers, and Internet links. California Community Colleges 
Campus Tours Scheduled regional college tours www.college-visits.com
College Catalogs College and University Catalogs www.collegesource.org
Financial Aid Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) www.wiche.edu/wue
Financial Aid Merit Aid Database

Helping students increase college success by planning transformative Gap Years based on life skills and real world learning


Click here to read Gap Years During a Global Pandemic by Katherine Stievater, published December 31, 2020

Click here to access Katherine’s webinar hosted by the Belmont High School PTSO (60 minutes including Q&A)

Click here for Katherine’s interview with Belmont Media Center (12 minutes)

Are you thinking of majoring in Business?  Please check out this business exploration series that was put together by Oklahoma State University... it will give you a good idea of what different avenues you can take or specializations you might be interested in like accounting, hospitality, international business and more: Watch Now
 Find the Higher Education Disability Resources You Need.
In October, 2019, the NCCSD sent out a survey* to every degree-granting institution of higher education in the United States, asking them for information about disability services, programming, courses, and resources on campus.  The information was entered into this free, publicly-available database that can be used by prospective students and their families when making decisions about enrolling in higher education transition programs, undergraduate degree programs, or graduate schools (including law and medical schools).  The database can also be used by current students, faculty, and staff to find resources on their campus.  Researchers and policymakers may also find the information useful.
 
Examples of some information that will be available:
  • Contact information for learning about disability services, counseling, and/or health services on each campus (if available)
  • Whether the campus has any types of student organizations about disability or Deaf culture
  • If the campus has disability studies or American Sign Language programs
  • Accessibility of major buildings on campus
  • Experience providing various types of disability accommodations in the past three years

This project is being done in collaboration with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

If you have any questions, please contact the NCCSD at [email protected] or [email protected]Please feel free to download and print out the CeDaR Poster for your offices.
 
The FREECeDaR Database has disability information for every degree-granting college and university in the United States 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Self-Survey for the College-Bound

 

This worksheet is from College Match: A Blueprint for Choosing the School for You, Dr. Antonoff’s how-to guide for students and parents. In this new, revised self-survey, students rate 54 short statements about their educational attitudes, goals, and perspectives. As they score their responses, students will better understand their growth mindset, enthusiasm for school, emotional vocabulary, time management, and much more.

In addition to this worksheet, readers can find a dozen more forms and surveys to help young people plan in College Match. The book provides a step-by-step approach to assisting students in defining what they want in a college and discovering schools where they can be happy and successful.

Counselors, students, and parents: We hope you find the new, shortened version useful and that you use it! If, however, you want to use the older, 80-item version, it is available here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

College Planning Values Assessment

 

Dr. Antonoff developed this worksheet to supplement those included in College Match: A Blueprint for Choosing the Best School for You, his how-to guide for students and parents. Because every young person has different reasons for going to college, this worksheet asks students to consider 12 core reasons or values most important to teens as they think about college. For students, defining the values that matter to them is an essential first step in identifying colleges where they can best fit in and thrive.

In addition to this worksheet, readers can find a dozen more forms and surveys to help young people plan in College Match. The book provides a step-by-step approach to assisting students in defining what they want in a college and discovering schools where they can be happy and successful.

 
 
 
 
 

Audit of College Success Traits

 

Dr. Antonoff developed this worksheet to supplement those included in College Match: A Blueprint for Choosing the Best School for You, his how-to guide for students and parents. The questionnaire prompts students to take an honest look at their personalities and preferences. It then suggests ways to build on their strengths and overcome weaknesses as they proceed through college selection. Finally, students are asked to self-evaluate in areas such as study skills, self-advocacy, wellness skills, and resourcefulness.

In addition to this worksheet, readers can find a dozen more forms and surveys to help young people plan in College Match. The book provides a step-by-step approach to assisting students in defining what they want in a college and discovering schools where they can be happy and successful.

 
 
 
 
 

Qualities That Will Make A College Right For You

 

This worksheet is from College Match: A Blueprint for Choosing the Best School for You, Dr. Antonoff’s how-to guide for students and parents. What is a student looking for in a college? What factors should a student consider to find a great fit college? The worksheet allows students to think about the major considerations (cost, academic programs, location, size, etc.) and consider the importance of other variables such as internships, study abroad, campus safety, spectator sports, and available activities. This worksheet helps students identify what they want by assessing 15 qualities that differentiate universities and colleges.

In addition to this worksheet, readers can find a dozen more forms and surveys to help young people plan in College Match. The book provides a step-by-step approach to assisting students in defining what they want in a college and discovering schools where they can be happy and successful.

 
 
 
 
 

Activities/Experiences Record

 

This worksheet is from College Match: A Blueprint for Choosing the Best School for You, Dr. Antonoff’s how-to guide for students and parents. Colleges ask students to list their extracurricular activities and honors on their college applications. The Activities/Experiences Record encourages students to track their high school involvements and experiences.

In addition to this worksheet, readers can find a dozen more forms and surveys to help young people plan in College Match. The book provides a step-by-step approach to assisting students in defining what they want in a college and discovering schools where they can be happy and successful.

 
 
 
 
 

College Visit Worksheet

 

This worksheet is similar to the one in College Match: A Blueprint for Choosing the Best School for You, Dr. Antonoff’s how-to guide for students and parents. Visiting a campus helps students visualize the match between their interests and the qualities offered by the college or university. It is up to the student to go behind the weather the day of the visit and the likeability (or lack thereof) of the tour guide to assess whether a college is a great match. Productive visits involve several hours on campus and lots of discussions with students. This worksheet can help keep track of the features that make a particular college a good fit.

In addition to this worksheet, readers can find a dozen more forms and surveys to help young people plan in College Match. The book provides a step-by-step approach to assisting students in defining what they want in a college and discovering schools where they can be happy and successful.

 

 
 
 

Thinking of College in Europe?

You will find an abundance of free information on this site, but here is the Cliff Notes version:

 

  • You don’t need to know a foreign language!
    There are 3000+ bachelor’s degree programs taught entirely in English-offered at universities in EU/EEA countries.  There are even more options for master’s degree programs!
  • College in Europe is much more affordable than you might think.
    The average tuition for international students is right around $8,000 per year. There are hundreds of options under $4,000 per year and 50 that are tuition free-even for international students!
  • There are transparent and attainable admissions requirements providing an escape from the US admission rat race.
    College in Europe helps provide a competitive edge in the job market-not only due to the emphasis many schools have on internships, but also due to the development of soft skills that employers are seeking.
  • College in Europe will change your life in ways you can’t even imagine!