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COLLEGE PLANNING AND ADMISSIONS APPLICATION RESOURCES

Choosing a college and a major is an important decision, and there are many factors to consider when determining which school is the best fit.

We compiled the following list of resources to help students and parents navigate college planning and application process.

College Planning

ACT College Planning Guide – A comprehensive guide to planning and preparing for college

Khan Academy’s College Planning Guide – Videos answering common questions about planning for college

College Navigator – A free tool to help students explore colleges and universities based on academic programs, location, graduation rates, cost of attendance, and more

College Comparison Tool – College Board’s tool helps students create a side-by-side comparison of various colleges, based on cost, population, average ACT/GPA and more

College Admissions

Anatomy of a College Application – An overview of the most common requirements on college applications

Khan Academy’s College Admissions Guide – Videos and resources explaining the various steps of the college admissions process

College Planning for Parents

College Board Guide for Parents – Action plans for parents to help their child prepare for college; also available en español

Preparing Your Child for College – Tools and resources to help parents prepare their children for college

College 101 for Parents – A guide to common questions parents may have about their child’s college future

Family Firsts, Parent Version – Helpful resources specifically for parents of first-generation college students; also available en español

Campus Visits and College Fairs

Campus Visit Guide – Helpful tips and resources to prepare for a campus visit

College Fair Checklist – Tips and suggestions for navigating college fairs

COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS

College Advising Corps works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college  students, and underrepresented high schoolers who enter and complete higher education. To do this, we place well-trained, recent college graduates from institutions of higher education as full-time near-peer college advisers in the nation’s underserved schools. We provide the support that high school students need to navigate the complex processes of college admissions, securing financial aid, and enrolling in schools that serve them well. Because advisers are close in age and background to the students they serve, they can connect with students in ways others often cannot. Our model not only offers assistance to students, but also provides jobs for recent college graduates.

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS

The Kansas State College Advising Corps program is a solution for Greater Kansas City’s workforce development challenges. The Corps is supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation, and it is a “best fit” college advising model that helps low-income, first-generation college students, and underrepresented high schoolers navigate the complex issues associated with selecting and entering a university of their choice.

MISSOURI COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS

Missouri College Advising Corps hires recent graduates to work in partnering high schools across Missouri to empower local students to go to college and succeed. Students at MCAC partner schools are often first-generation college, low-income, and underrepresented learners at risk of not going to college. MCAC college advisers help students understand that they can complete a college degree, find their “best fit” post-secondary institution, and navigate the process of applying for admission and financial aid. Advisers are immersed in the school and are available to guide students through the college planning and preparation, applications, and financial aid processes.

ACT PREP RESOURCES

Many colleges and universities require students to complete the ACT to be considered for admission or scholarships.

A higher ACT score improves a student’s chances to be accepted to an institution and/or to receive additional funding to attend that institution. We compiled a list of websites to help students study and prepare for this important exam.

ACT General Info

Official ACT Website – Information about ACT registration, test prep, scores, and more

ACT Fees & Fee Waivers – Learn more about ACT fees and see if you’re eligible for a fee waiver

Study.com – Take Online Courses. Earn College Credit. Research Schools, Degrees & Careers

Local Test Prep Resources

Urban League of Kansas City Project Ready – The Urban League’s Project Ready initiatives combine academic skill building, leadership development, positive support networks, and college and career readiness training to ensure African-American and other disadvantaged students from across Greater Kansas City successfully matriculate high school and are ready to enter college or the workforce. 

In-Person ACT Practice Exams – Take a free ACT practice exam under realistic testing conditions with Princeton Review

Online Test Prep Resources

Test Taking Strategies

ACT Official Test Day Guide – List of items to bring and procedures to follow on the day of your exam

ACT Test Prep  – Last-minute tips and tricks to use the week before the ACT or Pre-ACT

PreACT

Official Pre-ACT Website – Information about the Pre-ACT exam for high school sophomores

CAREER EXPLORATION RESOURCES

Choosing a college major that aligns with future career goals is an important step in the college planning process.

We compiled a list of resources to help students explore career paths that fit best with their skills and interests, and to find college majors that prepare them for their chosen field.

College Majors & Career Paths

My Majors – An interactive website that allows students to assess and explore college & career options

Major & Career Search – Search for information about various careers, the majors related to those careers, and steps students can take in high school to prepare for their chosen career path

My Next Move – An interactive tool for students to learn more about the skills, tasks, salaries, and employment outlook of their future careers; also available en español

Career Exploration

Hire KC Youth – Hire KC Youth connects students with jobs and internships, and provides events and resources to develop key job-readiness skills

TEACH Missouri – TEACH Missouri provides surveys and resources to help high school and college students explore teaching pathways