Common Application (Common App)
Complete one online application and submit it to multiple schools. The common application, is accepted by more than 800 colleges and universities. Note: Free registration is required.
This site, which is maintained by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, provides information about preparing for, choosing and financing a college education. Separate pull down menus exist to assist students, parents and guidance counselors.
For online practice tests and tutorial courses for students, see LearningExpress Library database.
American Institutions of Higher Education
Links to the websites of two- and four-year colleges and universities arranged geographically by region. Provided by Wikipedia.
Tour U.S. college and university campuses on this site featuring mobile device- and GPS-ready interactive maps and panoramic virtual reality.
Search by region, major, sports, admissions policies, size, setting (urban/rural), coed or single sex, or other criteria. Produced by the College Board.
Lists more than 65,000 post-baccalaureate educational programs that are searchable by subject or by school.
LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools
Lists laws schools approved by the American Bar Association. Provided by the Law School Admission Council.
Peterson's Graduate Schools
Users can search for graduate programs by institution name, major, location or other keywords.
Institutions and Programs Accredited By Recognized U.S. Accrediting Organizations
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation has developed databases of more than 8,000 institutions, over 44,000 programs, and directories of recognized accrediting organizations. The databases are searchable by institution name/program type, location or accrediting organization.
Military Colleges and Academies
USA.gov describes the options available in military colleges and service academies, and provides links to websites.
Affordable Colleges Online
Provides information on online degrees, and ranks online college programs using the website's own methodology. Online colleges meeting the website's criteria are displayed by degree level, major or state and ranked as best, cheapest, having the highest return on investment, etc.
Guide to Online Schools
Provides a variety of tools to assist in online school selection. Search by type of degree and area of study, or find schools in a specific state that offer online programs. Tuition information, student reviews, a ranking of online schools by best value and a side-by-side school comparison feature are also provided.
Peterson's College Information
Find a college, online program, or certificate program. Search the database by school or area of study along with type of degree and optional keyword.
Center for Global Education
Information on education programs abroad, links to colleges and universities worldwide and access to the SAFETI (Safety Abroad First — Educational Travel Information) Clearinghouse.
Created and maintained by the Institute of International Education, this site provides study abroad opportunities.
Directory of study abroad programs, which is searchable by country or subject area of study. Provided by GoAbroad.com.
Virginia Career VIEW
Virginia VIEW is the career information system for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The college search section enables you explore two-year and four-year colleges and universities in Virginia and throughout the United States. Users can search by degree offered, major, location, tuition or surrounding environment.
Virginia Colleges and Universities
Provides links to Virginia colleges and universities, and includes degrees offered and accreditation. Maintained by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
Virginia Education Wizard
Find out how to enroll in one of Virginia's many community colleges, transfer to a four-year college or university, plan a career path, pay for college and more.
Virginia Private Colleges
This site, maintained by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia, provides information about admissions, financial aid and tuition assistance grants (TAG) at private colleges in Virginia.
Academic Ranking of World Universities
Annual ranking of the top 500 universities compiled by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Bloomberg — Best Business Schools
Rankings of graduate and undergraduate business programs, full-time, part-time and online.
College and University Rankings
Information on and links to a variety of ranking services. Provided by the University of Illinois.
Princeton Review — College Rankings
Rankings are based on survey responses from thousands of college students. Free registration is required.
U.S. News & World Report — College Rankings
Ranks colleges by major, tier, acceptance rates, graduation rates and other variables.
Best Graduate Schools
Ranks graduate schools by numerous variables within specific program areas, such as business, law, medicine, education, etc.
Best Online Programs
Ranks online undergraduate programs in a wide variety of majors and online graduate programs in business, criminal justice, education, engineering, information technology, and nursing.
529 Plans (Qualified Tuition Programs)
FinAid: The Financial Aid Information Page
Free comprehensive resource for all types of financial aid information on the web.
Homeless and Low-Income Student Resources
MoneyGeek offers money-saving and budgeting tips for these college-bound students.
Avoiding Scholarship Scams
The College Board offers tips on recognizing and avoiding financial aid scams.
This site offers free scholarship searches. Note: The user must register by providing a personal profile.
QuestBridge National College Match Program
This organization helps outstanding low-income high school students obtain scholarships and admission to leading colleges. Information and applications are available on the site.
Participants in the Reserve Officer Training Corps program receive a paid college education in exchange for a commitment to service in the military after graduation.
Locate scholarships and other financial aid programs from non-college sources. Produced by the College Board.
U.S. Department of Education
Federal School Code Search
A federal school code is required to complete an application for federal student aid (FAFSA).
Federal Student Aid
Outlines the various types of government financial aid programs and provides links to help choose a college, apply for aid (with the online FAFSA form) or calculate repayment costs, in addition to other useful features. Also available in Spanish.