Important Information & Resources

This page contains additional resources that might be helpful in your college search and application process.

General Questions about Common App

  • Use the Need Help? box on the right side of each page of Common App for general questions.
  • Common App also has a chat box you can use to get answers to specific questions. Learn about the chat box in the “Need Help?” box on each page of Common App.
  • Common App Student Solutions Center has information and FAQs for applicants, counselors, and recommenders.
  • UStrive is an organization partnered with Common App to connect U.S. resident students with free virtual mentoring in the application process.

Financial Aid Resources

Standardized Testing

  • FairTest (National Center for Fair & Open Testing) – Maintains a list of test optional/flexible/blind schools
  • ACT – Company that administers the ACT
  • College Board – Company that administers the SAT & AP tests
  • Khan Academy – Provides free SAT test prep
  • ACT Academy  – Provides free ACT test prep

College Search/Create a College List

  • Big Future – A college search site where you can search according to numerous characteristics of interest (part of College Board)
  • CollegeXpress – A college and scholarship search site (must create a free account). This site has lists of colleges that meet various characteristics
  • – A college search site (must create free account)
  • College Navigator – A database produced by the National Center for Education Statistics with data on admissions, cost, outcomes, enrollment, and more
  • Public University Honors – A website where you can learn more about honors colleges at public universities
  • Colleges that Change Lives – A list of 40 or so smaller liberal arts colleges and universities selected for their commitment to an outstanding undergraduate education
  • Colleges of Distinction – A list of institutions that strive for excellence

Explore Majors or Careers

Resources for Writing Application Essays




Other application resources

  • Tips for helpful information to provide to recommenders in a brag sheet

Resources for Specific Populations

Learning Differences

  • Learning Disabilities Association of America – Information for people with learning disabilities and those who work with them. This organization also does advocacy
  • LD Online – Information and advice about learning differences and ADHD
  • Seven Steps to College Success: A Pathway for Students with Disabilities, 3rd Ed., Elizabeth Hamblet (Book)


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