Interactive Web Sites Aid College-Bound Students in Application Process
Friday, October 3, 2008
Students seeking an interactive experience during the college search process have free online options from the U.S. Department of Education’s College.gov and MyCollegeOptions.org, an offering from the National Research Center for College and University Admissions (NRCCUA).
College.gov is being built in collaboration with students, and is intended to be the go-to source of resources and information for students and parents planning, preparing, and paying for postsecondary education. Information is categorized under the headings Why Go, What To Do, and How To Pay. The site also includes sections for parents, teachers, and counselors. The Department of Education hopes that College.gov will encourage all high school students to consider and pursue postsecondary education.
College.gov also offers students a customizable Roadmap to College, with color scheme choices, a personal “I’m going to…” message, options for downloading and using the Roadmap as PC wallpaper, and a timeline of action steps for the fall and spring semesters. In building this site, students were asked what information was most useful as they look ahead toward college. The Department of Education says that College.gov will continue to evolve, and asks students to help influence that process by submitting questions, suggestions, and feedback about the site.
NRCCUA’s MyCollegeOptions.org focuses on making the ideal college match for students. With The College Box, students provide information on their higher education goals and preferences and create a college profile. They receive a College Match Report, culled from more than 3,500 colleges and universities across the country; a monthly newsletter; an interactive test prep game; and access to an article archive on college search information. In addition to resources for parents and educators, MyCollegeOptions.org also includes a user guide for college admissions professionals.
NRCCUA is a nonprofit education research organization based in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. For more than 37 years NRCCUA has conducted the largest nationwide survey of high school students. The survey serves as a communications link between college-bound high school students, and public and private colleges and universities.
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