COLLEGE PLANNING AND ADMISSIONS APPLICATION RESOURCES
We compiled the following list of resources to help students and parents navigate college planning and application process.
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
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
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.
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 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
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.
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
Official Pre-ACT Website – Information about the Pre-ACT exam for high school sophomores
CAREER EXPLORATION RESOURCES
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.
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