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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 In the fourth edition of The College Finder, Dr. Steven R. Antonoff hascompiled 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.

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!


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




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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 
College Planning Planning, applying, deciding, and financing college
College Planning Investigate college majors
College Planning Plan and investigate college options
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
College Search College profiles, majors, viewbooks, applications, has great articles
College Search Colleges That Change Lives
College Search Resources for college search, admissions & Scholarship Unigo
College Search Specialty schools & opportunities around the world
College Search College search, test prep, and financial aid Fiske Guide
College Search Colleges of Distinction
General College Search Info Niche
College Search The Community College option
College Search College admission/search info Big Future College Search
SAT Testing SAT and SAT registration info
SAT Testing STA Score Reports: Which colleges want what? - PDF
ACT Testing ACT and ACT registration info
Testing How do ACT and SAT scores compare? - PDF
Testing Test-optional colleges by state and A - Z
Athletes NCAA recruitment rules, and eligibility infoNCAA Clearinghouse
Athletes National Assoc. of Intercollegiate Athletics
LD College planning for students with learning disabilities
LD College planning for students with learning disabilities college.planning.LD.html
LD College planning for students with learning disabilities
Canadian Schools Search programs and info on Canadian universities
Accelerated  Med Programs Combined BA-MD programs
Career Occupational Outlook Handbook - Up to date info on hundreds of careers
Career/College opportunities
Connecting high school students of all backgrounds to a proven selection of exceptional opportunities for college and life.
Career Connecting College Majors to Careers
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
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
College Catalogs College and University Catalogs
Financial Aid Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
Financial Aid Merit Aid Database

Sponsored by the Association for Pre-College Program Directors


Current high school students, parents, guardians, and education professionals are invited to register for the 2021 Summer Pre-College Virtual Program Fairs, taking place beginning in January 2021. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with representatives from leading US colleges and universities to learn more about Summer 2021 academic programs for high school students. 


  • Visit virtual booths, where you can ask questions via video or text chat with summer program representatives. 
  • View helpful webinars on how to choose a summer program, how to strengthen your application, how to make the most out of your summer program experience.

Registration is FREE to all attendees. Limit one event registration per household. 

Click to Register for the February 3 or February 20 Fairs!

Downloadable Documents

Download a Summer Pre-College Virtual Fair Flyer here.

Need help finding programs and institutions that are right for you? 

To identify colleges and universities that have programs you may be interested in, visit Summer Study in the USA, a searchable database of summer and short-term programs. This website allows you to search for summer programs by your current grade, subject area, location, financial aid, and more. Quick links take you right to more information about the programs that fit your interests.

Virtual Fair Dates

Virtual Fair Dates Times Registration Opens
Saturday, January 9, 2021 11:00am to 1:00pm EST This event is closed.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST Click Here to Register for the February 3 event
Saturday, February 20, 2021 11:00am to 1:00pm EST Click Here to Register for the February 20 event
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021 11:00am to 1:00pm EST Thursday, March 4, 2021


Participating Institutions

To prepare for attending a fair, visit to find institutions that have programs which fulfill your needs. You can search by credit, academic area, financial aid, and more.

Institution Jan 9 Feb 3 Feb 20 Mar 3 Apr 10
American University        
Barnard College, Columbia University      
Boston College
Boston University    
Bowling Green State University        
Brown University  
Carnegie Mellon University    
Colorado College  
Duke University      
Emory University    
Georgetown University    
Harvard University
Illinois Institute of Technology        
Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering  
Johns Hopkins University, Summer and Intersession Programs
Loyola Marymount University
Marist College    
New York University      
Northeastern University      
Northwestern University
Point Park University      
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
School of the New York Times    
Skidmore College      
Sotheby’s Institute of Art      
Stanford University        
Stevens Institute of Technology      
Syracuse University
Temple University
UC Santa Barbara  
UC Santa Cruz
UMass Amherst    
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)    
University of Chicago    
University of Connecticut
University of Miami
University of Montana        
University of Notre Dame        
University of Rochester    
University of Southern California (USC)        
University of Virginia        
University of Wisconsin, Madison    
Wake Forest University      
Washington University in St. Louis  
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania  
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Yale University

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
 2021 Summer Immersion Program - COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY 
First, we are planning to deliver the Program in two ways for the summer: 
  • For all three sessions, students can participate face-to-face through a commuter option.  While the option does not include on-campus housing, it will allow students to experience in-person instruction and co-curricular activities. To ensure the safety of our community, the University is closely monitoring COVID developments and adjusting our on-campus attendance policies as necessary. At this time, we plan to hold our on-campus 2021 NYC summer immersion programs and are excited to welcome students to campus.
  • Students can attend through online immersion, as with last summer and the Academic Year program, being assured of the same rich, virtual engagement with instructors and fellow students.

Second, students who apply and complete their application by February 11th will have access to early registration:

  • Students may apply to one of three sessions and should indicate their program and session preference on the application:
    • Session 1: June 28–July 16, 2021
    • Session 2: July 20–August 6, 2021
    • Session 3: August 9–August 13, 2021
  • Admitted students will register themselves for one course per session. Courses meet for four hours per day. As your past participants may have experienced, courses fill early, so we encourage your students to submit their completed application by February 11th to best ensure a spot in their top choice course.

Cornell University Precollege Summer Program, offers courses online and on campus.*


As one of the nation's longest running and most highly regarded precollege academic programs, it gives motivated students the chance to


  • Get a head start on college by earning 3 to 6 credits and a Cornell transcript
  • Immerse themselves in rigorous university courses taught by top Cornell faculty
  • Prep for college applications with a college fair and one-on-one admissions counseling
  • Connect with a diverse group of high school students from around the world

Students choose from undergraduate Cornell courses in Arts and Architecture, Business and Hospitality, Engineering, Health and Humanities, International Relations, Social Change, Veterinary Medicine, and more. You can also create your own six- or nine-week program.

Courses are offered between June 1 and August 3, 2021. Limited financial aid is available.

Please contact us if you have questions. We hope your advisees can join us at Cornell this summer!

 Loyola Marymount University's Summer Programs.


This transformative pre-college experience is offered to a selective group of boldly imaginative rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. In following with our Jesuit Catholic identity, we encourage our participants in their pursuit of the magis (Latin for "more"). This philosophy inspires a relentless desire to do better and strive for more.  We are proud to feature many of our most popular undergraduate courses at the pre-collegiate level, allowing high achieving, thoughtful and creative high school students like yours the opportunity to experience a summer sneak peek at the LMU experience.

Summer with LMU is the perfect opportunity for students to test drive a class in their future major of choice, meet and collaborate with peers and LMU student mentors, and network with professionals who can help them navigate not only the college admission process, but also introduce them to the many student services available at the undergraduate level. This summer, LMU will offer sessions in acting, entrepreneurship, sports and entertainment business, political science, 3D art, graphic design, stage design, environmental science, screenwriting, film production, and a study of comic books and graphic novels! I am happy to share a link to the summer program finder below where you can discover more details about each of our programs.

Pre-College Summer Programs for high school students will be offered exclusively through online instruction in summer 2021.    EXPLORE SUMMER PROGRAMS!

Students who participated last summer enjoyed a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities that enhanced their academic studies. Whether competing for first place in our virtual “House Competition,” receiving daily 1-on-1 and group support from current LMU undergraduates, or dropping into nightly social activities with peers – students felt that the aspect of summer they loved most was the sense of community they built during their time online with LMU.

The application deadline is March 15, 2021. Should you have any questions, please contact Ashley Okimoto, Director for LMU's Summer Programs office, at We hope you can share this exciting experience with your students and we look forward to welcoming pre-college scholars from around the world to our program this summer.


Take your summer to the next level.

Enrich your summer experience by exploring our Pre-College programs in Computing and Technology. This summer, Illinois is offering several online programs for high school students who are interested in learning more about information technology, computing, and next-generation technologies. Check out our program selection, and prepare to discover with us at Illinois Tech—Chicago’s only tech-focused university—this summer.

What are your plans for Summer 2021?

Spend your summer with Notre Dame either on campus, online, or around the world! You'll earn college credit, experience college life, and make new friends along the way.

Study Abroad
Application Deadline: January 25, 2021

  • Travel abroad to Italy, Ireland, or South Africa for a taste of the global ND community.
  • Available to current high school juniors 

Leadership Seminars
Application Deadline: January 25, 2021

  • Participate in one of four seminars focusing on current issues.
  • Tuition, room, and board are funded by the University in this highly competitive program.
  • Available to current high school juniors 

Global Scholars Online
Application Deadline: February 8, 2021

  • Choose from one of 13 online courses, all taught by Notre Dame International faculty from the ND Global Gateways.
  • Gain an international perspective on popular course topics. 
  • Available to current high school sophomores and juniors


Summer Scholars Online
Application Deadline: February 16, 2021

  • Get an introduction to college-level academics in one of 20 online course tracks all taught by ND faculty. Participate in fun virtual activities with other students from around the world. 
  • Available to current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors

Summer Scholars

Application Deadline: February 16, 2021

  • Study one of 25 program tracks on Notre Dame's campus. You'll experience the world-class academics, community, and spirituality that make ND so unique.  
  • Available to current high school sophomores and juniors

Apply Now

Participants receive one college credit upon completion of any Notre Dame Pre-College program. Financial aid is available to students who qualify.
Students can join TEMPLE UNIVERSITY this summer to explore college-level academics, meet new people from all walks of life, and get a feel for what it's like to be a college student. With some programs, students can even get started earning credit towards their degrees. 
Students entering grades 9 through 12 in fall 2021 can choose from three flexible, customizable programs and hold their space with just a deposit. Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, all pre-college programs will continue to be offered virtually this summerRead on to learn more about the programs we are offering this summer.

Pre-College Workshops

  • Open to students entering grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 in fall 2021.
  • Two weeks
  • No application required to enroll
  • Choose from three (3) available sessions.
  • Pick two non-credit workshops from a list of over 30 options in health, law, STEM, business, the arts, college prep, sports management, politics, and more.

Summer Academy

  • Open to students entering grades 11 or 12 in fall 2021.
  • Four weeks
  • Choose one college course and two non-credit workshops and get started on their college career alongside other high school students.
  • Earn a B or better in their college course and secure a tuition grant towards their future college education.

Summer Scholars

  • Open to students entering grades 11 or 12 in fall 2021.
  • Six weeks
  • Choose two college courses from Temple's full undergraduate summer catalog.
  • Earn as many as 8 credits this summer in this rigorous, academically competitive program.
Learn more about pre-college at Temple
GRAMMY Camp® is a 5-day nonresidential summer music industry program for high school students interested in having a career in music. Students from across the country can apply to one of the many career tracks offered during the 2021 session. GRAMMY Camp faculty of music professionals as well as guest industry professionals provide valuable insight to give the campers the best chance at achieving success in their chosen career. For more information and to access the application, please visit our website today!

Questions? Email Julie Mutnansky at
Stevens Institute of Technology
Pre-college 2019 at Stevens
Stevens Institute of Technology's Virtual Summer Pre-College Programs.
We want to invite students to apply today, as our priority application is officially open!!! 
Students can expect to...
  • Conduct Evening Research Projects 
  • Attend Professional Workshops 
  • Leave with a Stronger College Application
  • Explore a Potential Major
  • Make new friends through Social Activities
You can view our Pre-College offerings here. Each of our programs give students the opportunity to explore a college major and test drive the college experience. Our programs have been creatively designed by a world-class Stevens faculty member who is an expert in their field. Our goal is to get  students thinking strategically about their future! 

March 1st, 2021 is the priority deadline to apply to our pre-college programs, so we hope to encourage students to submit their application and supporting documents by this date. 
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call us at (201) 216-3683 or email
B-BAY is excited to share that they have added a virtual High School summer program to their programming. The curriculum for the high school program is designed for that grade level and offers students a bridge to developing new skills and interests, successful academic and personal behaviors, identifying areas of interest and strength and a place to be with their friends in a fun, productive and safe environment.
Session I: July 11-23, 2021 Session II: July 25- August 6, 2021. Please check it out!
We're excited to announce our Summer 2021 application is now OPEN! 
Begin your application today and be part of a dynamic online community of USC faculty, staff and students from around the world. This summer, USC Summer Programs for high school students will offer dynamic virtual classes with community building activities, and a rigorous academic environment.
Beginning June 14, join the Trojan Family online! With a supportive and engaging community, students are exposed to diverse ideas in university-level classes taught by world-class faculty and instructors. In class sessions, students are transported to LA based businesses and attractions through virtual field trips and our socially enriched events. Students develop connections from the classroom with peers from around the world!
Our four-week courses will run June 14 - July 9, 2021.
Explore our Course Options and deepen your knowledge on a particular subject or discover something completely new while earning college credit.
Note: If you are having trouble viewing our video or accessing our student stories, you may watch our short video and dive into stories from our alumni on our website.

Looking for the most popular summer programs for high school students this year?

Look no further. This article covers TeenLife’s top 100 most popular summer programs for high school students, organized by category.


What Do We Mean by Popular?

We reviewed all summer programs for high school students listed on TeenLife and selected the top 100 programs with the most page views on our website.

We then broke those programs into categories and arranged them alphabetically to create the list you find on this page. Use the menu below to jump to each category.

The Top 100 Most Popular Summer Programs for High School Students—Organized by Category

The EVE and GENE BLACK SUMMER MEDICAL CAREER PROGRAM is an opportunity best described as a medical mentor program. Students work under the supervision of a health care educator shadowing various medical professionals (nurse, nutritionist, pharmacist, lab technician, and/or physician) who together provide a range of patient care and services. The program accepts applications from high school students who are current 11th and 12th graders AND born ON or BEFORE 7/1/2005. Online sessions will take place July 5-15 and July 19 -29. 
There is no fee to participate. Application deadline is March 15.
For more information and applications log onto
(Previously LA BioMed) provides LA County graduating high school seniors and high school juniors the opportunity to explore careers in the field of biomedical science. Selected students will spend eight weeks assisting their assigned mentors, who are accomplished medical scientists involved in cutting edge biomedical research. Fellowships begin on June 14 and continue through August 6. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Summer Fellows Program will continue to be conducted virtually, with an enhanced curriculum of lecture and discussion sessions, followed by small group research projects culminating in a virtual project presentation. 
Application deadline is March 15. More information and applications can be found online at 
The Lawrence J. Ellison Institute of USC has developed a unique program to foster scientific achievement for rising high school seniors interested in clinical or research oncology. They believe that passion, coupled with outstanding aptitude, are the hallmarks for success. This is a highly competitive, FREE program that fosters scientific education by incorporating hands-on experimentation in a collaborative environment. Applications are now open and can be found at: 
 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 or, or use the "Contact Us" form on this website.  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