Online Resources For Applying to College and Writing College Essays
Advice Admissions Officers Give Their Own Kids – From the New York Times Blog
Essay Tips – from the College Board, which operates the ACT/SATs
“Business Plan” Scholarship For Students With Disabilities–Deadlines April 1, Nov. 1 (see more scholarships here)
Goodcall.com/scholarships–Free, and unlike other websites on scholarships, requires no personal information to use.
Fastweb.com–General source for scholarships
U.S. Government’s College Scorecard – Find a college based on cost, and average salary of graduates
U.S. Government’s College Navigator – Find the right college for you.
U.S. Government’s College Affordability and Transparency Center – Find colleges with the lowest tuition
New College Graduates at Work – Includes information about relationship between major and income.
Financial Aide to Success–A Guide for College Success created by the White House and aimed at the Hispanic Community.
- College Scorecard: Includes information about a particular college’s cost, its graduation rates and the average amount its students borrow. It is designed to help you compare colleges and choose one that is well-suited to your individual needs.
- College Affordability and Transparency Center: ED has compiled lists of institutions based on the tuition and fees and net prices (the price of attendance after considering all grant and scholarship aid) charged to students.
- Federal Student Aid: There are thousands of scholarships, from all kinds of organizations; Federal Student Aid provides tips and resources to help you find scholarships for which you may be eligible.
2015-6 Common Application There are now over 500 Common Application members. This is the first place to go when planning a college application and the college application essays.
Grand Valley State 2013-2014 Accountability Report – Looking at a Michigan Public University? Use this incredible set of statistics to compare apples and apples in areas such as tuition, average number of students per professor and graduation rate.
FAQ on applying to the University of Michigan Written for alumni, but accessible to everyone to read.
How College Application Essays Can Reduce the Achievement Gap–A novel solution to a difficult problem. Bill and Melinda Gates Educational Foundation: please take notice!
The Choice Blog by Jacques Steinberg in the New York Times–Demystifying College Admissions and Aid
Essay Coaching Publications–A Great Way to Get Started
College Admissions: From Chaos to Control. A Guide for Students and Families for Solving the College Admissions Puzzle, by Debbie Merion, John Boshoven, and Geri Markel is a friendly, valuable, stress-reducing resource for students and parents. Fill-in-the-blank exercises give students a quick start with choosing their essay topic.
What a wonderful book! I only wish I’d had it a few years earlier. –Lisa Pasbjerg. LMSW, DCSW, President and CEO of Focused Coaching
Read these excerpts from the book:
Read Debbie Merion’s revealing story about how U-M admits undergraduates: “Paper Cut – The U-M Picks Its Freshman Class”
Powerpoint Presentations from Essay Coaching Events
“Seven Secrets for Writing Standout College Application Essays.” Oct 16, 2014 at St. Clair County RESA.
Recommended Colleagues and Programs
Alternative U, LLC – Gap year advice professional
Managing Your Mind – Dr. Geri Markel, educational psychologist and performance coach for testing
Listen to Media Presentations
Debbie at the Ann Arbor District Library 2007 College Night
Helpful College Sites
Additional Informative Books
About Writing in General
Elbow, Peter (1998) Writing With Power, New York, Oxford University Press
Goldberg, Natalie (1990) Wild Mind, New York, Bantam Books
Goldberg, Natalie, (2007) Old Friend from Far Away, New York, Free Press
Lamott, Anne (1995) Bird by Bird, New York, Anchor Books
Lunsford, Andrea (1999) EasyWriter, Boston, Bedford/St. Martin’s
Murry, Donald M. Shoptalk, Portsmouth, Boynton/Cook Publishers
Murry, Donald M. (2002) Write to Learn, Boston, Thomson Learning
Rodale, J. I. (1986) The Synonym Finder, New York, Warner Books
Strunk, Jr., William (2000) The Elements of Style, Boston, Allyn and Bacon
Zinsser, William (1998) On Writing Well, New York, Harper Collins
About College Essays Or Applying To College
Bauld, Harry, (1987) On Writing the College Application Essay, New York, Quill
Curry, Boykin (2003) Essays that Worked, New York, Ballantine
Fiske, Edward (2006) Real College Essays that Work, Naperville, Sourcebooks
Greene, Howard R. Making It Into a Top College, New York, Harper Collins
Harvard Independent (2002) , 100 Successful College Application Essays, New York, New American Library
Hernandez, Michele (2002) Acing the College Application, New York, Ballantine
Mason, Michael James (2000) How to Write a Winning College Application Essay, New York, Three Rivers Press
Princeton Review (2006) College Essays That Made a Difference, New York, Princeton Review
Wissner-Gross, Elizabeth (2006) What Colleges Don’t Tell You, New York, Penguin