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Fiske Guide to Colleges

The Hidden Ivies, 2nd Edition: 50 Top Colleges from Amherst to Williams That Rival the Ivy League (Greene's Guides)  Somewhat outdated and biased, but a good place to start looking for schools outside the Ivy League.

Public Ivies Web Sites

Top 25 Ivy League Competitors

A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs 2014, by John WillinghamProvides lengthy descriptions and analysis of the value of public university honors programs. The Review also has extensive information on financial aid and scholarships, study-abroad facts and figures, undergraduate research opportunities, National Merit qualifying scores, and the best universities for National Merit Scholars. This is an excellent resource for anyone considering a college education.

USNews Education

College Scorecard the Federal Government’s Ranking Website

Forbes (college rankings on various topics)

Washington Monthly College Rankings

Brookings Institution Rankings Based on Graduates’ Salaries

MONEY's Best Colleges The 736 schools that provide the best value for your tuition dollar.

Top 50 Colleges for Black Students A helpful, but out of date list. 

I would add Xavier in New Orleans:

According to the U.S. Department of Education, Xavier continues to rank first nationally in the number of African American students earning undergraduate degrees in both the biological/life sciences and the physical sciences. The College of Pharmacy, one of only two pharmacy schools in Louisiana, is among the nation’s top four producers of African American Doctor of Pharmacy degree recipients. In pre-medical education, Xavier ranks first in the nation in the number of African American graduates who go on to complete medical school.

I would also add the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus.

University president, Freeman Hrabowski, has been so successful at cultivating his school's reputation for steering African-American students toward science and engineering — fields in which they have been traditionally under-represented that Time Magazine named him one of the 10 best college presidents in 2009.

A list of 180+ ranked schools that don’t require ACT or SAT scores for admissions, including the latest: Catholic University in Washington, DC 

HBCUs and PBIs

The HBCUs have their own Common Application that works well and takes 10 minutes to complete.

Why HBCUs matter: 

HBCU Rankings

Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania 

Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success Goal is to make the application process easier, especially for minority and low-income students.
80 Colleges Just Announced A Website To Make It Easier To Apply

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

How To Prepare For College

MIT’s How to Prepare For College for Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors- A must read for every student

Rising Sophomore’s: What are AP classes, and what do you and your teen need to know about them?

Juniors, How to Get Organized Before College

Prestigious Summer Programs for High School Students

Preparing for College: Junior Checklist

College Prep Resources for High School Juniors

When Should Juniors Start On Their College Applications?

IvyReady.org To Do List for High School Seniors


College Fall Fly In Programs

Campus visits are very important when you are applying to college.  Many prestigious colleges fly high scoring, multicultural students to their campuses, free of charge.  Almost all of these fly in programs require an application with transcripts and recommendations. Contact the schools on this list for more information.

  • Amherst College  - Diversity Open Houses
  • Babson College – Multicultural Overnight Experience
  • Barnard College – Barnard Bound
  • Bates College – Prologue to Bates
  • Bowdoin College - Explore Bowdoin
  • Brandeis University - SEED Program
  • Bryant University – Fly-In Reimbursement Program
  • Bryn Mawr College – Travel Scholars
  • Bucknell University – Journey to Bucknell
  • Calvin College – Students of Color Visit Grant
  • Carleton College  - Taste of Carleton
  • Carnegie Mellon University – Celebration of Diversity Weekend
  • Colby College – The Colby Commitment Experience
  • Colgate University – Colgate in Focus
  • College of the Holy Cross- Perspectives Overnight Program
  • College of St. Benedict | St. John’s University Ntl. Fly In Weekend
  • College of the Atlantic – Fall Fly In
  • Colorado College - Tigers on a Quest & Flyin’ Tigers Weekend
  • Columbia University – Columbia Engineering Experience
  • Connecticut College - Explore Weekend
  • Dartmouth College – Dartmouth Bound STEM Program; Native Community
  • Davidson College – Multicultural Visitation Program (MVP)
  • Dickinson College – Discovery Diversity
  • Emory University – Cultural Overnight Recruitment Experience (CORE)
  • Franklin & Marshall College – Collegite Leadership Summit
  • George Washington University - “Your GW”
  • Grinnell College - Diversity Preview Program
  • Gustavus Adolphus - Fly-in Program
  • Hamilton College - Diversity Overnight Program
  • Harvey Mudd College – Future Achievers in Science & Technology (FAST)
  • Haverford College - Multicultural Scholars Experience
  • Hope College - Fly-In Weekend
  • Johns Hopkins University – Hopkins Overnight Multicultural Experience
  • Kalamazoo College - Multicultural Fly-In Program
  • Kenyon College - Cultural Connections Programs
  • Lafayette College - Our Beloved Community (OBC) Symposium
  • Lehigh University - Diversity Achievers Program
  • Lewis and Clark College - LEAD Program
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) -  (WISE)
  • Miami University – Bridges Program
  • Middlebury College – Discover Middlebury
  • Norwich University
  • Oberlin College – Multicultural Visit Program (MVP)
  • Occidental College - Multicultural Visit Program
  • Pitzer College - The Diversity Program at Pitzer
  • Pomona College - Fall Diversity Weekend
  • Puget Sound - Fall Campus Day
  • Reed College - Reed Overnight Multicultural Experience (ROME)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Science Technology Arts at Rensselaer
  • Rice University – Seeking Opportunities at Rice
  • Scripps College - Multicultural Outreach
  • Smith College - Women of Distinction Program
  • Swarthmore College - Discover Swarthmore
  • Trinity College - Preview Weekend
  • Tufts University - Voices of Tufts: The University Experience
  • Union College – Getting to Know Union Weekend
  • University of Chicago - Discover UChicago Overnight Program
  • University of Pennsylvania Penn Early Exploration Program (PEEP)
  • University of Pittsburgh - Create A Day, (invitation only)
  • University of St. Thomas - Fly-In Program
  • University of Rochester - Multicultural Visitation Program (MVP)
  • University of Vermont - Discovering UVM
  • Vassar College – Vassar View
  • Wellesley College – Getting to Know Wellesley
  • Wesleyan University - Fall Open House Programs
  • Whitman College - Visit Scholarship Program
  • Williams College - Windows on Williams
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute  - Discover WPI
  • Yale University - Multicultural Open House/Fly-in Program

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