College Search Resources
Fall 2012 College Fairs
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from 8:15 - 8:45 a.m.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 from 8:15 - 8:45 a.m.
Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 have the opportunity to attend these College Fairs in the Gym. Over 75 colleges will be represented!
Ursuline Academy's College Road Program
College Road is a summer program designed to eliminate college preparation stress during a student's senior year. The week-long program covers important steps in the college application process:
- How to write your college essay (brainstorming, writing and reviewing)
- How to write a personal statement
- How to prepare a resume
- How to prepare for the interview
- How to review the college for you
The program is free of charge and led by Ursuline Academy Guidance Counselor Kathy Sullivan.
Dates: August 13-17, 2012 from 9 a.m. - noon in Room 120 at Ursuline. Bring a notebook and a pen; laptops are optional. Please contact Mrs. Sullivan with any questions or to register.
The more information you have at your disposal the easier your eventual decision will be. There are many resources from which you can gather valuable insights. Here is a sampling of those resources:
Current college students
Alumni of the colleges
The Fiske Guide to Colleges
The College Board's College Handbook
Barron's Profile of the American Colleges
Peterson's Guide to Four-Year Colleges
Colleges That Change Lives
The Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool
Helpful Websites for the College Process:
- Naviance - All Ursuline students are registered on Naviance and must list their colleges on this site. Naviance also is a very helpful college search tool as it gives students a history of statistical data about previous UA students applications to colleges.
- The Common Application Online
- The College Board - The College Board conducts the SAT and SAT Subject Tests.
- The ACT - The ACT is an alternate to the SAT. Many colleges will permit students to submit the ACT with the optional writing section in lieu of the SAT. The multiple choice test covers four basic skills areas - English, mathematics, reading and science. We recommend that the optional writing test should always be taken.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- CSS/Financial Aid Profile
- FinAid.org - The SmartStudentTM Guide to Financial Aid
- MeritAid.com - A comprehensive directory of merit scholarships and academic scholarships from colleges across the country.
Books for Parents of Adolescents:
- The Mindful Child by Susan Kaiser-Greenland
- Full Mouse, Empty Mouse: A Tale of Food and Feelings by D. Zeckhausen
- Buidling Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings by Kenneth R. Ginsburg