While the following websites may contain valuable information, College Search Navigators, LLC does not specifically endorse the sites or the information they contain.

Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Colleges’s Personal Finance Magazine ranks the top 100 values in public four year colleges. The site also offers other resources, including a ranking of private colleges.

MIT’s OpenCourseWare site has introductory courses in Physics, Calculus and Biology, along with problem sets and labs, to help students prepare for the AP exams. It also includes free online courses in other subjects to give a flavor of the college experience.

National Survey of Student Engagement site provides insight into student life at campuses across the country through surveys.  It also provides a pocket guide for parents and students (a direct link to this pocket guide is located on the College Spotlights page).

NCAA Online

www.ncaa.orgThe National Collegiate Athletic Association web page is a portal to information about college athletics, including recruiting rules, information about eligibility, and competition rules.

New Jersey Business Idea Competition Jersey high school students can enter this competition sponsored by the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies as part of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silverman College of Business. The objective of the competition is to foster an entrepreneurial mindset among high school students, and to recognize the brightest and most commercially feasible ideas. It is open to all New Jersey 9th-12th graders. Faculty from FDU evaluate the submissions and cash prizes are awarded to the winners. For more information, contact the Rothman Institute at (973) 443-8842 or visit their website.

Online Campus Newspapers site contains links to hundreds of online campus newspapers.

Online Study Skills Workshops This site, part of the Virginia Tech Division of Student Affairs, offers several online study skills workshops. The workshops include time management strategies, improving test performance, improving reading comprehension, and improving concentration/memory.

Ordo Ludus College Ranking site ranks 126 colleges by comparing 30 different areas grouped into one of four categories: academics, quality of life, sports, and cost/tuition. It seeks to provide a more well-rounded view of college rankings.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

http://www.artandwriting.orgThe Alliance for Young Artists and Writers presents The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which are awarded to students in grades 7-12 in the U.S., Canada or an American school abroad who submit entries in one of 30 categories of visual art and writing. Students submit their applications to one of 96 regional affiliates. Entries are judged on originality, technical skill and emergence of a personal vision or voice. Over 30,000 young artists and writers will be recognized as part of this program.

Scholarship Resources Myths about scholarships abound. The reality is that scholarships are awarded on bases other than academic achievement, such as field of study, extracurricular involvement, ethnicity and geographic origin. So what are you waiting for? Your high school guidance counselor and local library are good resources for information about scholarships, as are college financial aid offices, and the Internet. Experts recommend starting early to research potential scholarship opportunities so that you stand a better chance. Many scholarships start at $1,000 and are therefore less competitive. Additional resources can be found at,, and Good luck!!

Don’t Let Summer Pass You By!

While many think of the summer as a time to relax, hit the beach and do anything but something academic, summer is the best time to explore potential academic majors and careers. You can learn more about this at your local library. Take advantage of the down time to up your game. You will be glad you did.


In Memory of Diane Gallo

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our co-founder Diane Gallo. Diane, a beloved independent educational consultant who went above and beyond for the students she served and their families, will be greatly missed. She was a great colleague and friend to all. If you had been working with Diane, please reach out to her husband Michael Gallo with a written request for a refund of any monies that may be owed to you at 43 Hillside Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ 07452.


Did You Know?

Want to be more likely to remain at college through graduation? Who doesn't? Then you should work with an IECA member college counselor, like College Search Navigators' Michelle and Diane!! IECA is recognized for setting the standards for professionalism, ethical behavior and training. All members must have a master's degree, demonstrate experience, submit references, and visit dozens of college campuses. An IECA membership is a symbol of quality in a sea of wannabees.



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