College Resources

  • Whether you're need information about the benefits of college, finding a college, or strategies for applying, here are some great resources!

    We'll eventually divide this resource into five different sections. For now, everything is just listed below.

    • Planning for college
    • Finding the right college
    • Applying to college
    • Paying for college
    • College ABC's: What are common terms you should know?

    College Admission Terms - You've heard of "Early Admission," "Early Decision," etc. But what do those terms actually mean? Click on this link to learn about the different admission options.

    The 10 Best College Websites - A great article / blog post from US News and World Report's Education section, this article lists 10 different websites which provides a wealth of jumping off points for researching colleges, scholarships, majors, and ideas on how to find the right school for you.  Click here to go to the article.

    Why go to college? To learn more, to earn more, to be healthier, and to be better prepared for the future. The University of Wisconsin, River Falls has a great brochure about all these benefits here.

    What should I do over the summer to prepare? Click here for nine great ideas!

    Colleges That Change Lives The Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) story begins in 1996 when a book by the same name was published. The author sought to change the way people thought about colleges by dispelling popularly held myths and challenging the conventional wisdom about college choice and create a a student-centered college search. See for more.

    Searching for schools and programs: collegenavigator/

    Comparing schools:

    An initial look at reviews and rankings of schools:

    Streamwood High School's Senior Year Checklist is here


    Three Freshman Year Questions to ask your high school counselor from US News and World Report here.


    The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights has an Undocumented Student’s Guide to College here.

    College Planning Calendar