Resources for Students
Scoir! College Application Management Tool - Log in to Scoir to search for colleges and to keep track of your college applications. All students must activate their Scoir account and update their college lists and applications regularly.
Colleges That Change Lives is dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. See their list of participating institutions to see if one is right for you!
*Page updated June 24, 2019
Junior/Senior college planning list of important dates - 2019.
College Ed by College Board - College Planning and Career Exploration Program
Guide to the College Admissions Process
Student self-assessment (juniors must fill this out and return to Ms. Wuerthner by June 7, 2019)
List of Students' vs. Ms. Wuerthner's Responsibilities
Tips for writing a college resume.
Website with information about the PSAT/NMSQT.
KHAN Academy - Free, official SAT study materials and practice tests.
ACT Academy - Free, official ACT study materials and practice tests.
Wondering if you should take an SAT subject test? Click here to see a list of the 78 colleges that require subject tests, and which tests (courtesy of Compass Education Group).
Revolution Prep PSAT FREE Webinars.
Tutor Corps offers private tutoring and SAT/ACT test prep.
A helpful comparison chart that uses PSAT scores to help students decide which test they should take to submit to colleges (courtesy of Compass Education Group).
Calculate your CSU Eligibility Index here. Your Eligibility Index is calculated using your grade point average (GPA) and your ACT or SAT score. The index will help tell if you’re eligible for admission to the CSU. Please be advised that due to impaction, many campuses have supplemental admission criteria.
Click here to learn which CSU campuses are impacted and/or which majors are impacted at each campus.
Click here to see the CAL Grant income and asset ceilings for 2019/2020. Each year the Commission publishes income and asset ceilings for the Cal Grant Program. These ceilings are subject to change until the annual state budget is passed.
Go to CSU Campus Match to see which CSU campus is right for you and has the academic programs you're interested in.
Apply to the CSU here.
College/University Visit Clusters - A list of colleges and universities grouped by geographic location and size.
Questions to ask on a college visit. - A list of questions to ask when touring colleges to help students and families evaluate the "fit" of the each school.
Please contact Ms. Wuerthner if you need assistance planning college tours, or if touring colleges does not feel possible for your family.
Not sure a four-year school is right for you? Trade schools and apprenticeships may be the answer.
Click here to read this article in The Atlantic, The Stigma of Choosing Trade School Over College. "When college is held up as the one true path to success, parents—especially highly educated ones—might worry when their children opt for vocational school instead."
- Check out the long list of technical programs offered at City College of SF, including the Broadcast and Electronic Media Arts program (BEMA) - they're FREE for SF residents!
Want to apprentice to learn a trade?
LGBTQI+ and questioning students have unique needs to consider when searching for colleges. They want to be sure they are physically safe in their new homes, of course, but beyond that they need to feel supported by their student peers, professors, and the administration if they are to succeed in college and maintain their mental health.
Here are some things LGBTQI+ and questioning students should look for when visiting college campuses as signs that that university will be a safe and positive place for them to live and learn:
- Active student organizations on campus
- Out LGBT students
- Out LGBT faculty and staff
- LGBT-inclusive policies
- Visible signs of pride
- Out LGBT allies from the top down
- LGBT-inclusive and gender-neutral bathrooms and housing
- Established LGBT center/office on campus
- LGBT/queer studies academic major or minor
- Liberal attitude and vibrant LGBT social scene
See the detailed list here, courtesy of Campus Pride Index. And, don't be afraid to ask questions about these things on campus tours.
The National Association of College Admissions Counselors has curated this list of resources for LGBTQI+ and questioning students to help guide their college search.
The following information and resource lists are intended to help students of color build strong social networks within academia, locate scholarships and get involved as community leaders. Below are some interviews, articles, and lists of social and academic groups, as well as scholarships opportunities specific to group affiliations.
** I will update these resource lists as I find more. If you have a suggestion for an organization or resource, please email me and I will add it to this list (email@example.com).
Listen to this conversation between Maria Furtado, executive director of the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee at Colleges That Change Lives, Inc., and Sabrina Zirkel, associate dean and professor of educational leadership at Mills College, discuss what parents and potential college students should consider regarding race when applying to universities, granted the fraught racial climate at some schools right now, including the University of Missouri and Yale University. (Interview recorded in 2015.)
College diversity experts suggest applicants of color ask these five diversity questions when on a college visit to help give them insight into what kind of support to expect on campus (source: US News and World Report in conversation with George Sanchez, vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives at USC's Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.)
- Is there any gap between the overall graduation rate and the minority graduation rate in four to six years? Applicants of color should find out if minority students are graduating at the same rate as majority students. A big difference in the two rates is a red flag. "They might admit you. It doesn't mean that you'll be successful there" (Sanchez).
- Has the university had any recent racial conflicts? Violent and nonviolent disputes that may stem from racism are worth looking into before enrolling, says Sanchez. Applicants can usually find out about these by asking current students. "You want to be able to go to a place where you will feel physically safe" (Sanchez).
- Does the university have any policy toward students living in the U.S. without legal permission? "This question is important even for those who are legal residents. If the university does not have a policy or it has a negative policy, minority applicants should be cautious. These policies can speak to a school's climate and how much it supports minorities" (Sanchez).
- Is there a student affairs office that supports multicultural students? According to Hattie Mukombe, associate dean of diversity admissions at Wake Forest University, these offices may focus on minority affairs or lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender undergrads, depending on the school. These are offices which are committed to managing and supporting students from diverse backgrounds and are often separate from the student affairs or student development office within the institution."
- Are there cultural visitation programs that allow minority applicants to meet current students? These programs can provide a way for minority applicants to speak with current undergrads about the realities of campus life. "In many instances, cultural visitation programs enable prospective students to hear from or meet with diverse students who are currently enrolled at the institution," Mukombe wrote. "The ability to directly connect with current students is invaluable as it grants prospective students immediate access to the lived, and often unfiltered, experiences that diverse students have at the college."
- African American Students
White House initiative on historically black colleges - US Department of Education.
Northern California HBCU Alumni Association Coalition
HBCU Lifestyle - historically black college tours.
Black College Tours - HBCU tours for high school students.
Learn about CA Community College transfer guarantees to HBCUs!
Black Scholarships.org - The Online Guide to Scholarships, Financial Aid and More for African American Students
HBCUPages.com - A UNIQUE List of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
National Pan-Hellenic Council - Nine African American sororities and fraternities are collected within this single organization. These social organizations provide students with the opportunity to network, volunteer in local communities, receive leadership training, access member-exclusive career boards and participate in professional training. Students may join during their freshman year in college.
- American Indian Students
American Indian College Fund - The American Indian College Fund invests in Native students and tribal college education to transform lives and communities.
Bureau of Indian Education - A list of scholarship opportunities for American Indian Students.
Association of American Indian Affairs - The Association on American Indian Affairs is the oldest non-profit serving Indian Country protecting sovereignty, preserving culture, educating youth and building capacity. The Association was formed in 1922 to change the destructive path of federal policy from assimilation, termination and allotment, to sovereignty, self-determination and self-sufficiency.
Alpha Pi Omega - This sorority has the honor of being the oldest Greek social organization dedicated to Native American interests in the nation.
- Asian Students
Asian and Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund - This organization has granted $90 million in scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander students, with 58% of recipients who live in households at or below the poverty line. 56% of the recipients are also the first in their families to attend college.
US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC): Each year, the USPAACC posts a free guide of up to 20 different scholarships.
National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA): This is a coalition of 14 national Asian and Pacific Islander sororities and fraternities. Every Greek social organization listed here must be at least a decade old before they can join NAPA. Student membership fees vary across member organizations. Students may join during their freshman year in college.
- Latinx Students
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU): HACU is comprised of over 400 academic institutions that are focused on the academic and professional advancement of Hispanic students. The list of HACU member organizations can serve as a resource to prospective students searching for colleges. HACU also hosts its own scholarship program for students enrolled at member institutions.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF): HSF has distributed over $470 million in scholarships, granting 5,100 awards each year. The scholarship application period begins on January 1 every year. The awards, which range from $1,000 to $15,000, are granted in collaboration with several other organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola and AT&T.
National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO): This umbrella coalition oversees twenty Latino fraternities and sororities based at universities across the nation. Phi Iota Alpha is one of the oldest NALFO members, founded in 1931. Student fees vary between these Greek organizations.
- International Students
International Student Organization in the USA (ISO): This is a free resource dedicated to the academic success of international students attending college in the U.S. ISO addresses demographic statistics regarding states and colleges that are the most accommodating to international students, along with American culture guides. ISO also created a scholarship directory for funding opportunities that international students qualify for.
Record Number of International Students Attend U.S. Colleges: This NPR article describes the significant growth of international populations in U.S. institutions of higher education. The U.S. State Department findings describe how a majority of international students are visiting from China, South Korea or India. NPR also notes that the recent influx of international students has accounted for a $24 billion boost to the U.S. economy.
National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA): While this professional association was created with educators in mind, prospective college students can also use the NAFSA website as a resource for possible funding opportunities. This organization has compiled a list of possible funding sources for undergraduate international students. They have also created an extensive guide for student who want to pursue collegiate studies in the U.S.