Another way to gain an inside look into specific admission procedures is to review available admission blogs. Here are a few examples:

MIT Admission Blogs

Princeton University Admission Blogs

Vanderbilt Admission Blogs

University of Michigan Admission Blog

Tulane Admission Blogs


Websites on Applying for Admission and Financial Aid

College Board/ SAT


The Common Application  

The Coalition  

The Universal Application

CSS Financial Aid Profile      

Federal Student Aid

National Center for Education Statistics

Online Education Database – A resource for online college programs that has pages by state for students at any stage of the college process.

Choosing the Right College: A Guide

College for LGBTQ students: A Guide

GRE – The GRE Tests.

GRE Prep Guide– Compare GRE Prep Course Reviews as rated by consumer affairs.

GRE Test Prep Ohio University– Information about the GRE.


Websites for Students with Specialized Interests


NCAA – Eligibility Center

Colleges That Change Lives

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

Jesuit College and Universities

Hillel International   

Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Women’s Colleges and Universities

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities


Websites on Independent School Admission and Financial Aid

SSAT (secondary schools)

Gateway for Prep School Application Center

The Association for Boarding Schools      


Suggested Resources and Guidebooks

The Best 377 Colleges (Princeton Review)

The Fiske Guide to Colleges:  (Edward Fiske)

The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges  (The Staff of the Yale Daily News)

Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools You Should Know About  (Loren Pope)

Profiles of American Colleges (Barron’s Guides)

Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities

The College Handbook (College Board)

UCAS Guide to Getting Into University and College, United Kingdom.

Four-Year College Admissions Data: Index of Majors and Sports (Wintergreen Orchard House)


For Student-Athletes

Advising Student Athletes through the Recruitment Process (Michael Koehler)

Student Athlete’s Guide to Colleges (The Princeton Review)


For Visual and Performing Artists

The Complete Guide to American Film Schools (Ernest Pintoff)

Professional Degree Programs in the Visual and Performing Arts (Petersons)

Dance Magazine College Guide (Dance Magazine, Inc.)

The Performing Arts Major’s College Guide (Carole Everett)

Guide to Architecture Schools in North America (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture)

Directory of Art and Music Colleges (Roberta Carr)


For Students with Multicultural Interests

Guide to Colleges for African American Students (Thomas LaVeist)

The Black Student’s Guide to Colleges (Barry Beckham)

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Wintergreen Orchard House)

The Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Students’ Guide to Colleges, Universities and Graduate Schools (Jan Mitchell-Sherrill, Craig Hardesty)

Hillel Guide to Jewish Life on Campus (Ruth Cernea)

Jewish Life on Campus (B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations)

Guide to Catholic Colleges and Universities (The College Connection)