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5 Essential Keys to Your Perfect College Search
Tom McFadden
The whole college selection process can be a very daunting challenge for Catholic families, both to those searching for the first-time, and even to those who have gone through the process before. Why is it such a challenge? Simply put--going to college can change a person’s life forever, including where he ends up for eternity. After all those years of sacrificing to give their children the best possible Catholic education, many parents are confronted with a huge decision. This advice will help prospective college students and their parents make this decision.
Colleges that Admit Homeschoolers FAQ
Wondering which colleges admit homeschoolers? The list is growing every day. This compilation by Learn in Freedom lists more than 1,000 schools of higher education with links to over 980 college Web sites.
For Such a Time as This
For Such a Time as This offers curriculum assistance, distance learning, and college admission consulting.
Ten Things High School Grads Need to do Before Leaving for College
Katherine O'Brien MA CCPS
Congratulations! You are preparing to head off to your college campus for the first time! What an exciting, and scary!, time this is. Here are a few things for you to take care of so you'll be ready when you arrive. This great list includes information about financial aid, jobs, resumes, finances, organization, and more.
The College Board
The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 4,700 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves over three and a half million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program®(AP).
The Princeton Review
Search for schools and careers, find test preparation courses, get information on scholarships, and more.

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ACT vs SAT: Key differences between the ACT and SAT
ACT vs SAT: which test is a better fit for your student? Students may take whichever test they prefer (assuming there are available testing locations for both tests). If you’re not sure which test your child would prefer, consider the key differences between the ACT and SAT. Some students find that the ACT caters to their strengths more so than the SAT, and vice versa. Need a quick side-by-side comparison of the tests? Check out this ACT vs SAT Comparison Chart.
Admissions Decision-Making Models: How U.S. Institutions of Higher Education Select Undergraduate Students
This report examines how institutions make admissions decisions. Information from more than 100 institutions, representing all levels of selectivity, forms the basis for this report.
Home-Schooled Students & Admission: Your Child's Unique Approach to the Process
CollegeBoard.com
Each college evaluates home-schooled applicants differently. Some colleges admit many home schoolers. Others have yet to admit one. Either way, your child needs to take extra admission steps.
Homeschooling Comes of Age
Jennifer Sutton
A fascinating and positive look at some of Brown University alumni who were homeschooled as children. Teaching children at home is no longer just the choice of religious and political iconoclasts. Now, drawn by Brown’s tradition of independence and self-direction, a new generation of homeschoolers is arriving—and thriving—on campus.
How Do Home School Graduates Enter the Military?
HSLDA
Article includes anecdotes and information about joining the military without a high school diploma.
Looking Ahead to College
Maggie Hogan
This article includes some great tips for organizing for a college search. Includes information on how colleges assess homeschoolers, widely used exams for college acceptance and/or credit, and more.
Recognizing Home School Diplomas for College Admittance and Financial Aid
HSLDA
Colleges and universities frequently ask two questions about home schoolers: (1) Are home schoolers eligible for financial aid without obtaining a GED or passing an ability-to-benefit test? and (2) Can a university admit a student with a home school high school diploma who is under the age of compulsory attendance and still retain its eligibility for federal funding? The answer to both questions is “Yes.” This analysis of the Higher Education Act Amendments of 1998 explains what post-secondary schools could require of home school applicants and how homeschooled students are eligible for financial aid.
The SAT vs. the ACT: Which to Choose?
Colleges will accept either the SAT or ACT. So which should you take? It's all about the numbers. Some students end up scoring substantially higher on the SAT; others do better on the ACT. The Princeton Review Assessment (PRA) is designed to help you determine which test is better fit with your abilities.
What does the SAT measure? Aptitude? Achievement? Anything?
When the first SAT was created, it was named the Scholastic Aptitude Test, signaling that its creators and the education world believed it to be a test of aptitude, or, a student’s ability to perform well in college. Aptitude tests supposedly measure talents that indicate possible achievement in the future, while achievement tests supposedly reveal how much someone has learned in the past. All these years later, we know the test never really did measure anybody’s aptitude to do well in college.

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Federal Student Aid (FSA)
The U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs are the largest source of student aid in America, providing nearly 70% of all student financial aid. Help is available to make education beyond high school financially possible for you or your child. The information provided here is designed to assist you in your college planning. It provides you with access to and information about the products and services that you will need throughout the financial aid process. FSA is financial help for students enrolled in eligible programs at participating schools to cover school (a four-year or two-year public or private educational institution, a career school or trade school) expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Most federal aid is need based. The three most common types of aid are grants, loans, and work-study.

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Colorado College
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado College in Colorado Springs offers a liberal arts education in the Rocky Mountain West. They operated on a block plan (eight 3-1/2 week sessions), with students taking only one course per block.
Colorado College Admission Policy for Nontraditional Students
Colorado College has always evaluated candidates for admission on an individual basis. In recent years we have been asked about our policies regarding home schooling, narrative transcripts, portfolio assessment, and other non-traditional approaches to a standard high school transcript. Students presenting non-traditional transcripts are still a very small percentage of our applicant pool, but they are not disadvantaged in the admission process. Since Colorado College does not require an official high school diploma or GED for admission consideration, we have had students apply after three years of high school and we have had students with some combination of high school record and other kinds of assessments. More recently, applicants have included home-schooled students and those enrolled in alternative school programs.
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado
Colorado School of Mines is a public research university devoted to engineering and applied science. It has the highest admissions standards of any public university in Colorado and among the highest of any public university in the U.S. Mines has distinguished itself by developing a curriculum and research program geared towards responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources. In addition to strong education and research programs in traditional fields of science and engineering, Mines is one of a very few institutions in the world having broad expertise in resource exploration, extraction, production and utilization. As such, Mines occupies a unique position among the world's institutions of higher education.
Colorado State University
Ft. Collins, Colorado
Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University is now among the nation's leading research universities. Our world-class research in infectious disease, atmospheric science, clean energy technologies, environmental science, and biomedical technology attracted more than $300 million in research funding annually. Our professional programs in veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, journalism, agriculture and construction management are ranked among the nation's best.
Colorado State University Homeschool Guidelines
Colorado State encourages applications from homeschoolers who have completed a rigorous college-preparatory education. We understand that homeschooling offers diverse teaching methods and learning environments personalized to fit you and your family.
Universities.com
Universities.com has organized the most extensive collection of Post-Secondary distance learning and on-campus colleges and universities.

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American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
Founded in 1920, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has, over four decades, become the leading proponent and the national “voice for community colleges.” Today, AACC’s membership represents close to 95 percent of all accredited U.S. two-year community, junior and technical colleges and their 10.5 million students, as well as a growing number of international members in Puerto Rico, Japan, Great Britain, Korea, and the United Arab Emirates. The colleges are the largest and fastest-growing sector of U.S. higher education, enrolling close to half (45 percent) of all U.S. undergraduates. AACC supports and promotes its member colleges through policy initiatives, innovative programs, research and information and strategic outreach to business and industry and the national news media.
Arapahoe Community College
Littleton, Parker, Castle Rock, Colorado
Arapahoe Community College offers opportunities for success with more than 100 degree and certificate programs.
Colorado Community Colleges Online (CCCOnline)
Colorado Community Colleges (CCCOnline) is not a college in and of itself. Rather, it is an extension of and a service to each of the home colleges it serves. CCCOnline offers students another learning option for complementing their on-campus experience. By offering courses through CCCOnline, the home colleges are able to offer their students courses and programs that they may not be able to offer individually. Through our partner colleges, CCCOnline offers fully accredited Associate of Arts Degrees, Associate of Applied Science Degrees, and Certificates in various disciplines. CCCOnline and the Colorado Community Colleges are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Colorado Northwestern Community College
Rangely, Colorado
Colorado Northwestern Community College provides quality educational opportunities that transform the lives of our students, enrich our communities, and strengthen the regional economy.
Community College of Aurora
Aurora, Colorado
The Community College of Aurora serves our diverse community by providing high quality instruction and support services to prepare students for transfer and employment.
Community College of Denver
Denver, Colorado
Community College of Denver’s educational programs are designed to enrich the social, civic and economic fabric of our community, nation and the world. Ideas, innovation and the preparation of a well-trained workforce are essential to a vibrant economy. CCD provides access and opportunity for nontraditional students, workforce development and training resources for local organizations, and community partnerships that are improving high school graduation, college enrollment and career success.
Front Range Community College
Boulder, Larimer, Westminster, Brighton, Colorado
At Front Range Community College, we enrich lives through learning. Our vision is that all students at Front Range Community College will accomplish their educational and career goals. We will be recognized for our singular focus on student success, our exceptional teaching, our strong commitment to diverse learners and communities, and our effective business and community partnerships.
Lamar Community College
Lamar, Colorado
Founded in 1937, Lamar Community College is a learner-centered, coeducational, two-year post-secondary institution. As part of the Colorado Community College System, LCC is committed to providing its more than 1,000 students with transfer programs to four-year colleges and universities, an environment that supports learners, and opportunities for lifelong learning and development.
Morgan Community College
Fort Morgan, Bennett, Burlington, Limon, and Wray, Colorado
Morgan Community College partners with students in imagining, believing, and achieving their goals.
Northesastern College
Sterling, CO
Northeastern Junior College is a comprehensive two-year institution that is committed to providing excellence in learning, training, and service. We strive to produce skilled and knowledgeable students who transfer successfully and enter the workforce productively. We strive to enrich the quality of lives through affordable and accessible learning opportunities.
Otero Junior College
La Junta, Colorado
Founded in 1941, Otero Junior College is located on an attractive 40-acre campus on the southern edge of La Junta, Colorado. Otero Junior College is proud of its reputation as one of the finest community colleges in the State of Colorado. Over 97 percent of Otero Junior College students are employed upon graduation or go on to continue their education at 4-year colleges or universities.
Pikes Peak Community College
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Our mission is to provide high quality, educational opportunities accessible to all, with a focus on student success and community needs, including occupational programs for youth and adults in career and technical fields, two-year transfer educational programs to qualify students for admission to the junior year at other colleges and universities, and a broad range of personal, career, and technical education for adults.
Pueblo Community College
Pueblo, Colorado
Pueblo Community College provides quality educational opportunities that transform the lives of our students, enrich our communities, and strengthen the regional economy.
Red Rocks Community College
Arvada and Lakewood, Colorado
Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Lakewood, Colorado, Red Rocks Community College offers more than 150 programs and 650 courses leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. Red Rocks has campuses in Lakewood and Arvada. Courses are delivered in formats from traditional classroom to online to self-paced and weekend classes.
Trinidad State Junior College
Trinidad, Colorado
Established in 1925, Trinidad State Junior College was the first community college in Colorado. With campuses in Trinidad and Alamosa, Colorado, we provide an affordable and accessible education to students in southern Colorado and beyond. Trinidad State offers unique academic programs in fields such as Aquaculture, Cosmetology, Welding and Massage Therapy. We also have two Line Technician programs as well as Nursing, Art, Theatre and Machining in addition to traditional Arts and Sciences classes and a guaranteed transfer program through a partnership with four-year colleges and universities in Colorado. We are also home to the oldest, and by most accounts, best Gunsmithing School in the country.


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