Admit it. Start your search engines

Admit it:  Googling “college admission” will produce over 14 million websites.  Discriminating and limiting this search can be overwhelming and frustrating.  With anxiety already rising as seniors start the application process, Crisp Consulting + Coaching would like to offer ten information-filled and reputable sites that address standardized testing, athletics, admission facts, campus safety, college visits and financial aid. These sites are useful in planning during the college admissions process.



The College Board. This comprehensive site goes beyond AP Exams, PSAT, SAT and SAT Subject tests registration to offer a college search engine and useful advice on financial aid. The newest edition to the site is Big Future, an interactive means to search colleges and determine academic, social and financial fit.

High School Counselor Week.  This media-driven site addresses blogs and news from around the United States.  Because the primary audience is guidance counselors and independent consultants, the information is timely and critical.  The site is free and will directly mail stories to your inbox.

Be Recruited.  Founded by coaches and ESPN executives, this mostly-free site is an incredible source for athletes.  You can find details on the recruiting process and post athletic resumes and videos for review.

Unigo.  Founded by Jordan Goldman, first heralded in that quintessential book about selective admission, The Gatekeepers, this site offers excellent advice about the college application process from students and veteran admission counselors.

Fair Test.  The center for  fair and open testing will provide an in-depth list of schools that are test optional.  Once you find these schools, be safe and check the individual institutions testing policies.

Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis. The federal government now collects campus crime statistics.  Although this is a good start, please remember that the site takes into account the nearby off-campus crimes.  Yet, overall, this is a good resource.

FastWeb and FinAid.  As student-loan debt has surpassed credit card debt in the United States, families are worried about financing a college education.  FinAid provides unbiased advise and comprehensive resources for navigating the financial aid process.  Their sister site, FastWeb, is a phenomenal free scholarship search engine.

Merit Aid allows you to search merit-based opportunities in the United States.  The search can be performed by region, state or talent.

Independent Educational Consultant Association.  This comprehensive site is useful in securing a consultant skilled in navigating the application process.  Heavily-vetted, these professionals will advocate for the student’s best interest and help relieve the anxiety of the admission process.

Burton College Tours.  Visiting college campuses has never been so fun and so easy.  BCT offers extraordinary college admission counseling while traveling to college campuses.  This investment is both economically feasible and academically priceless.
In today’s landscape of college admission, it is critical to keep your information focused and reliable. These sites  will assist you in your application process and help maximize your chances of admission.

Crisp Consulting + Coaching has information regarding admission, education and school options on our Facebook page, Google+, Twitter and  YouTube Channel.  Shedule your free forty-five minute college, graduate school or boarding school admissions consultation.  Learn how Crisp Consulting + Coaching assists families in navigating the admissions process.

Brian D. Crisp is an independent educational consultant with Crisp Consulting + Coaching who works with families in Asheville, Charleston, Raleigh-Durham and Savannah to optimize and realize their unique educational fit and admission success. As a former professor, administrator, and teacher, Brian has the knowledge and skills to counsel families in all aspects of educational planning.

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