College & Career

College & Career Resources

The most effective way to research which college to attend and how to get information is via the internet. Almost every public and private University in the country now prefers that their applications be submitted on-line. The following sites have proven to be excellent resources for parents, students and supervising teachers/guidance counselors. There are links and a brief description of each web site. Happy surfing!

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Personality and Career Assessment

Reading Lists for Students

Search for Colleges

Online Education Links

College Rankings

Two Year College Resources

Military Careers

Virtual Tours

Going Away to College

What are my Chances at This School?

Testing Calendars

Health and Safety for Students

About the Different Tests

Test Prep Resources

Scholarship Search

Financial Aid Calculators

Financial Aid Links

For Minority, Low-Income, First Generation Students

Students With Disabilities



AICCU (Association of Independent CA Colleges and Universities) offers total access to information and admissions applications for degree granting independent colleges and universities within California. The student is responsible for the standard fee charged by a college or university upon submitting an application for admission, but otherwise, Mentor™ systems are provided free of charge.


Apply to college online through the College Board. 
Just Point, click, your done! It's as Easy as 1, 2, 3

Online applications make applying to college easy. You can complete almost every part of an application (even the essay) on your computer — no pencils, typewriters, or white-out! Use College Search to add a college to your College List Follow the "Apply" link next to a school to start an application. Return to your list any time to manage your applications. More than 300 well-known colleges and universities participate. If you see the Apply link, an application is available. There is no charge for this College Board service, but you will be responsible for any application fees from the respective institutions. It can be accessed at:,,5-25-0-27012,00.html=


CollegeNET, Inc. is the world’s leading ‘virtual plumber’ for higher education internet transactions. For your convenience they provide over 1500 customized Internet admissions applications built for college and university programs. When applying to more than one program you save redundant typing since common data automatically travels from form to form.


The Common Application accept it as the sole application document, while others may still require a supplemental form of their own to complete the application process. The concept is simple: Students complete one Common Application form, photocopy it, and send the form to any of the participating colleges.To order a Common Application you may call 1-800-253-7746 or download and print it directly from the internet at::


The California State University (CSU) system has established a system wide homepage that provides hotlinks to all CSU campus homepages. School comparisons by region, SAT/ACT scores, major, and GPA are available. CSU applications are submitted through this site. It can be accessed a


The University of California (UC) system has established the following application/admission information for the UC system. Contains hotlinks to all UC campus websites, High School “a-g” lists as well as Community College Transfer Agreements. It can be accessed at



The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) coordinates many national college fairs, which are scheduled throughout the year around the country. This is a great way to meet admissions representatives and pick up free materials. Check the NACAC website for upcoming fairs. This organization coordinates fairs for Visual & Performing Arts Schools as well as traditional colleges and universities. It can be accessed at:




The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) is an organization that oversees and organizes athletic conferences and competitions among many colleges in our nation. The NCAA Clearinghouse determines Initial Eligibility for student athletes and has rules for (but not limited to) determining academic eligibility, student college visits, coaches' conduct, and the recruiting process. The NCAA process is simple and can be done quickly; however failure to perform certain actions could cause delays in an athlete competing. For more detailed information visit the HMB High School NCAA Eligibility link.


CBound's online tools are a useful resource for the college recruiting process for high school athletes and their parents.


The NAIA is an alternative organization to the NCAA. The NAIA recruitment process is less cumbersome, with fewer restrictions on the contact a student-athlete and coach can make. For more information go to their website at: features in-depth college profiles with information about academic programs, athletics, campus life, facilities, expenses, financial aid and much more. From each profile, you can link directly to the home page of each institution. The custom college search allows you to select schools by location, cost and majors offered. The collegiate athletics search criterion includes specific men’s and women’s sports and level of competition. In addition to a free custom college search, it features a number of specific listings that cater to the needs of our students. With such indexes as the Multicultural Students Directory, in which enrollment numbers are broken down by ethnicity, the Christian and Catholic Colleges Directories, the Metro Search. It also profiles the institutions of higher learning in the country’s urban markets, and has an Honors Program Directory. This site can be accessed at:


SEARCH ENGINES FOR COLLEGES IN CALIFORNIA is the ultimate online catalog of California’s Institutions of higher education. All UC, CSU, Community College, Private and Independent Colleges are linked to this comprehensive website. It allows you to compare California colleges, explore campuses and receive financial aide information. It can be accessed at:


AICCU (Association of Independent CA Colleges and Universities) has developed the AICCU website. It offers total access to information and admissions applications for degree-granting private and independent colleges and universities within California. It can be accessed at:


The California Postsecondary Education Commission maintains a comprehensive website that provides extensive information on the three public systems: UC, CSU, and California Community Colleges. It can be accessed at:




Anycollege.coms a free college search engine for prospective students. It is user friendly and non-biased. It is a fast and effective way to search for and explore college options. It can be accessed


CollegeNET, Inc. has an advanced Search Engines allowing you to enter profile information that allows CollegeNET to sift through thousands of colleges and find schools well matched to


College Board Search. Search for colleges online through the College Board's "College Search" service.


EducationPlanner is your one-stop career and college planning site. They have the information you need to research careers, choose a postsecondary school, apply on-line, and find ways to finance your education. Information is also available in Spanish. It can be accessed at:


The Office of Postsecondary Education Education OPE Campus Security Statistics Website is your direct link to reported criminal offenses for over 6000 colleges and universities in the United States. If you are thinking of attending college in a large urban city, a small liberal arts college, a specialized college, or a community college you can find their security statistics here. It can be accessed at:


Peterson's is one of the most comprehensive College ranking and information services. They provide an excellent college search program along with access to online applications. They can be accessed




The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has developed this website with hotlinks to the more than 2000 members of AACC. It is a quick way to research two-year community colleges throughout the country. It can be accessed at:


The ASSIST site maintains a database that allows parents and students to check the transferability of community college credits to all of the California State Universities (CSU) and the University of California (UC). This is the official articulation site for the California Community College, the CSU and UC. Transfer agreements between these institutions are available at this website. It can be accessed at:


The California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) maintains a comprehensive website that provides extensive information on the three public systems: UC, CSU, and the California Community Colleges. It can be accessed at: is the ultimate online catalog of California’s Institutions of higher education. All UC, CSU, Community College, Private and Independent Colleges are linked to this comprehensive website. It allows you to compare California colleges, explore campuses and receive financial aide information. It can be accessed at:


Californa Community Colleges Chancelor's Office maintains a website that has links to the right to find addresses, contact information, and web links for any of the system’s 109 colleges. You can access a listing of all the colleges, either in alphabetical order or organized by region at the following address:



San Mateo County Community College District   our District and offer the first two years of instruction in a wide variety of transfer programs as well as more than 90 vocational-technical programs. Students can earn either Associate in Arts or Science degrees or receive Certificates of Proficiency in their chosen fields.


Foothill College is an outstanding choice to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. The transfer preparation gives you the tools to reach your goals of transferring to the right university. You can also earn an Associate Degree if you enroll full-time in a two-year professional or technical program. With a minimum of 90 credits in required program and general education areas, you can earn an Associate in Arts (AA) or Science (AS) Degree.


De Anza provides outstanding general education and vocational courses as well as interdisciplinary studies, community service opportunities, on-the-job-training, internships, collaborative programs with businesses and industries, and online and television classes.


Your Guide to Community College Career & Technical Education. Bay Area Career Guide is a free online resource to discover, understand and pursue hundreds of career and technical education (CTE) opportunities at San Francisco Bay Area’s 26 community colleges.


ART-VOCATIONAL-TRADE SCHOOLS your search for higher education. Whether you are looking to find a career training college to prepare for a great career or to just update your skills, at Search4 your quest for great career education is simple. It is okay if you are unsure of what kind of school/training you want. With free access to our database, you can take a look at all kinds of schools and training programs. It can be accessed


HighSchoolPortfolios Now you have a single place dedicated to you. Whether or not you are planning to study art in college, our site has tools designed especially for the high school artist. You can show your work to family and friends, talk with your peers all around the country, and communicate with high school and college art faculty. If you are considering art as a major in college, you can use our site to research the top art programs and display your portfolio. Be a part of the community and the conversation


Rhode Island School of Design RISD (RIZ-dee), founded in 1877 in Providence, RI, is a vibrant community of artists and designers that includes 2,200 students from around the world, approximately 350 faculty and curators, and 400 staff members. Each year more than 200 prominent artists, critics, authors and philosophers visit our historic College Hill campus.


ArtCenter College of Design (Pasadena, CA) Art Center College of Design has been a leader in art and design education for nearly 75 years. The College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of disciplines.


OTIS College of Art and Design In Liberal Arts and Sciences courses, students cultivate the critical tools they need to become well-informed, well-rounded artists and designers. The intellectually stimulating curriculum develops conscientious use of language, collaborative problem solving, and independent critical thinking skills. Students acquire the ability to locate, evaluate, and use print and online resources for research, and gain an understanding of and respect for the cultural and geographic diversity of people and ideas. The interdisciplinary nature of learning is the point of departure for developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes students need to lead creative, literate, fulfilling lives as artists and citizens.

San Mateo County ROP

Regional Occupational Program offers quick courses with flexible hours, high quality training, and 92% success rate in career advancement.


San Mateo County Office of Education

Student Guide for Career and College Planning 



California Association of Regional Occupational Centers and Program


Community College Candidates

  • Overview of financial aid (thin but accurate)

  • (BOGW) Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver - The site promotes a little known source of aid for community college students.

  • College admission application module is straightforward and easy to negotiate.

The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA)

Serves gifted and talented students by providing educational programs, services and resources.


CAREER EXPLORERS - Start to explore your future here:

Guide to Community College Career & Technical Education. Bay Area Career Guide is a free online resource to discover, understand and pursue hundreds of career and technical education (CTE) opportunities at San Francisco Bay Area’s 26 community colleges.

Summer opportunities for students at the Institute for Educational Advancement

College scholarships, colleges, and Online Degrees site contains linked information about about scholarships, test prep, colleges throughout US, online degrees and colleges.

Career and job search database. Search millions of jobs and careers. Explore career descriptions, career information, and career training resources.

Excellent site for career, college, and life planning

Job Profiles Career Exploration. The personal side of work. Experienced workers share their motivations, basic skills and advice with those just entering their career field.

Choosing a career that suits YOU. Provides interest and abilities activities, resume generator, interview preparation, advice and help in choosing a career that suits YOU.

Job Star Central... a site with links to career, resumes, salary info and Job search

Occupational Outlook Handbook... the premier source for investigating future job trends and patterns listed by occupation that is updated annually

Vocational Education Skill Standards ...links to sites which include industry-based skills standards