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Preparing for College

If you're starting to think about your life after high school, you may be looking at your options for college. It may seem overwhelming at first, but there are a lot of sources online and in print that will help you figure it all out.


We have a large collection of college prep books in both our teen nonfiction collection, ranging from help with applications, choosing colleges, test prep, and more.  Additional books can also be found in the adult reference collection.  You can search for these books in our catalog or ask a librarian at the Youth Services or Adult Reference desks.  Below are some of the titles that you can find in our collections.




College Board

A not-for-profit organization that helps students prepare for colleges by providing information about AP and standardized testing, comprehensive information about various colleges ,and financial aid options,

College Navigator

Part of the National Center for Education Statistics, this website allows you to search colleges according to very specific paramaters.

Peterson's Directories

Provides guidance for collegebound students through all steps of applying for college, including test preparation, scholarships, financial aid, and school selection.

The Princeton Review

Renown for its annual rankings of colleges across the country, this website provides reviews of schools based on a number of criteria, including your planned area of study, location, social atmosphere, and more.


From the creators of Spark Notes, SparkCollege provides video tours & information for schools in the United States.

US Department of Education

A helpful overview of choosing a school with proper accreditation and avoiding "diploma mills."

US News & World Report's College Rankings

Another site that offers rankings of colleges based on a number of criteria. 




This website provides the application for applying for federal student aid.

Fastweb: Scholarships, Financial Aid, Student Loans, and Colleges

A resource for finding scholarships, including finding which ones are the best match for you.

Federal Student Aid

Learn about which types of fiederal student aid that you qualify for, including loans and grants.




The official website of the ACT, which provides information that you will need before and after taking the test.

Brainfuse: HelpNow

Receive real-time tutoring via an online classroom. Other services include: 24/7 Help Center, Writing Lab, and Standardized Testing practice, including AP subject tests, the ACT, PSAT, and SAT.

The Princeton Review

Although most known for being a resource for researching colleges, this website also has a number of links for test preparation.


The official website of the SAT, which provides information that you will need before an after taking the test.