At Old Worthington Library and Northwest Library, most reference books on college-related topics are shelved together in special areas. At Old Worthington Library, they are kept on the business reference tables; at Northwest Library, they are kept on the consumer reference tables.
Most of the circulating books on college-related topics can be found in the general non-fiction area under call numbers beginning 378.
- Big Future
This website by The College Board allows you to search colleges by major, explore careers and has step-by-step guidelines on scholarship applications and college entry.
- College Blue Book. Revised annually. [R 378.73 COL]
This six-volume set includes information about four-year colleges, vocational schools and financial aid.
In addition to a directory of schools, Collegenet offers two unique features. College Search quickly focuses on schools best suited to your interests and personality. Scholarship Search looks for scholarships that match your personal profile.
EDUregistry is a no-frills site that provides basic contact information for colleges and universities in the United States. It includes four-year colleges, two-year colleges, vocational schools and technical schools. General overviews are provided for issues like admissions, financial aid and housing.
- My College Guide
Information about colleges and financial aid. You may submit questions to the site through their "Ask the Guru" section and search an archive of previous questions and their answers.
- National Application Center
This online resource helps students and their families select a college, apply for admission and plan to finance higher education.
- Ohio Career Information System
Use this website from the Ohio Department of Education to find information about occupation and employment options including training, schools, majors, careers and financial aid. Requires a valid library card for access outside the Library.
- Peterson's Guide to Four-Year Colleges [R 378.73 FOU] and Peterson's Guide to Two-Year Colleges [R 378.73 TWO]Revised annually.
Peterson's Guides give information on enrollment, academic programs, expenses, student-faculty ratio, application deadlines and contact information for four- and two-year colleges.
- Web US Higher Education
This section of the University of Texas at Austin web site contains links to the home pages of universities, colleges and community colleges across the United States. Browse two-year and four-year schools alphabetically or by state, and link directly to the home page of any listed school.
Many directories identify and profile schools by cultural affiliation, location or programs offered. The titles below are only a selection of what is available at the Library. Ask a librarian for help finding a directory that meets your needs.
- College Blue Book: Distance Learning Programs. 2013 [R 378.73 COL]
This guide has profiles for over 900 colleges that offer degrees through distance learning (online education). Each profile contains accreditation information, availability of financial aid, degrees and awards offered, course subject areas and contact information for programs.
- HBCU Network
This site includes a directory of Historically Black Colleges & Universities. From the home page, click on "School Profiles."
- IIEPassport Study Abroad Directory: the complete guide to studying abroad. [378 IIE]
The annual IIEPassport directory highlights over 9,500 programs offered by U.S. and foreign universities and providers, making it the most comprehensive resource to planning study abroad for students, parents and advisers.
- Best Colleges. Revised annually. [378.73 AME]
This annual publication from U. S. News and World Report uses its own evaluative equation to rank colleges. Factors taken into account include academic reputation, graduation rate, freshmen retention, faculty quality, selectivity of admissions and financial resources. Look also at the website, which includes best colleges, as well as rankings of specific programs, such as best engineering programs.
- The Best...Colleges. Revised annually. [378.1056 BES]
Student comments about campus life dominate each school's profile, giving the potential applicant a real sense of what it would be like to attend the school in question. Also includes information about admissions, financial aid and the academic performance of the incoming freshmen class.
- The Fiske Guide to Colleges. Revised annually. [R 378.73 FIS]
Multi-page essays on each of the more than 300 schools chosen by the Fiske staff as the "best and most interesting" in the country. Essays cover academics, housing, food and social life.
Financial aid comes in different forms (scholarships, loans and grants) from different sources (state governments, the federal government, schools and private foundations) and is often designated for different groups (athletes, women, minorities, etc.). The resources below should help you navigate this complex topic.
Most circulating books on financial aid can be found under call numbers beginning 378.3.
- College Board Getting Financial Aid. Revised annually. [378.3025 COL]
An overview of various sources of college funding is followed by a section of individual school profiles with contact information for the financial aid officer and a breakdown of the sources of money available to the student body. Published by Peterson's/Thomson Learning.
This site is a subject directory to a wide range of financial aid sources on the Web.
- FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid
The most popular section of the U. S. Department of E Education's web site, these pages include guides on locating and applying for student aid for college. You can use this online form to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Ohio Higher Ed
The Ohio Board of Regents provides information about the grants and scholarships they administer, with a "Students" section that helps individuals prepare for and pay for college in Ohio.
- The Ohio Tuition Trust Authority's College Advantage
Find out about this state program that allows you to pay for future tuition at today's prices.
- U. S. Department of Education
Use this site to stay current with federal financial aid programs. Includes a Find Aid section as well as Grants and Contracts.
- Athnet: Athletic Scholarships
This website offers free scholarship information for several sports. There is more financial and recruiting information available with a paid subscription to the page.
Reference Service Press puts out a biennial series that covers financial aid for specific groups. These include:
- Directory of Financial Aids for Women [R 378.3025 DIR];
- Financial Aid for African Americans [R 378.3025 FIN];
- Financial Aid for Asian Americans [R 378.3025 FIN];
- Financial Aid for Hispanic Americans [R 378.3025 FIN];
- Financial Aid for Native Americans [R 378.3025 FIN];
- Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families [R 378.3025 FIN]; and
- Financial Aid for Veterans, Military Personnel and their Dependants [R 378.3025 FIN]
Admissions and Admissions Tests
- ACT Home
The official ACT site has test dates, sample questions, test-taking hints and online test registration.
- Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting Into College. [378.1056 SPR]
This guidebook offers advice and information on choosing the right school, writing entrance essays, receiving financial aid, and much more for all students and parents.
- College Board Online
The official site of the SAT has a schedule of test dates, online registration, test-taking hints, advice on college admissions and a scholarship search.
- College Essays that Made a Difference. 2003. [378.1056 COL]
Published by the Princeton Review, this book can help students write an essay that will greatly improve their chances of getting into college.
- Educational Testing Service Network
Test-takers can prepare themselves with practice questions straight from the administrators of the AP, GRE, ICT Literacy Assessment, major field tests, MAPP, PRAXIS, SAT, TOEFL, TOEIC and TSE.
- Ohio Department of Education: GED Testing
Offers information for getting a GED in Ohio, including testing centers, and how to best prepare for the test.
- LearningExpress Library (database)
Go to LearningExpress Library for online practice academic standardized tests and skills improvement courses. Includes ACT, SAT, nursing school practice entrance tests, TOEFL, technical and career college skills and more. Requires a valid library card for access outside the Library.
Campus Life and Housing
- How to Survive Your Freshman Year [378.198 HOW]
Advice from hundreds of students from campuses across the country including advice on dorm life, leaving home, choosing classes and much more.
- The Naked Roommate and 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College [378.198 COH]
Advice for college-bound students on topics such as dorm life, dating, partying and classes.
revised April 2014