Information for PCD Families

Dear PCD Families,

Welcome to your college counseling portal—your go-to place to guide your family through the college search and application process. There are many tools available to you to help your family navigate this part of your child's educational journey. Though there are certainly many resources that are relevant and helpful to all families, this process, at its best, is highly individualized and our goal is to work together to find the best match for each student, where he/she will belong and thrive.

My goal is to help remove much of the stress and anxiety that can often attend this process, so please feel free to contact me at any time—to meet, to plan, to wonder, to question, to make the most of this pivotal time in your child's education.


Terry Ward
Director of College Counseling
401.438.5170 x121



College Search & Application

Peterson's is a comprehensive guide to undergraduate schools and online resources about test preparation, admissions essay tips and financial aid information.

The College Board has a free college search tool.

U-Can is a free consumer-informed college information web site, sponsored by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Naviance ia an on-line, web-based college search tool, is available to all juniors and seniors, as well as their parents. With their passwords, students can access extensive college information, as well as PCD's history of applicants to many colleges.

Many schools accept the Common Application. This site also includes information about financial aid.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
offers a guide with nuts and bolts questions that are not necessarily well addressed by other search engines. The Chronicle of Higher Education is a weekly journal that reports on higher education in the United States and, to some extent, around the world. It is THE leading source of this kind of information.

Test Registration

The PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, and SAT II are administered by the College Board. Contact college counseling for additional information about registration and testing dates.

The ACT is accepted by most colleges in lieu of the SAT. Contact college counseling for additional information regarding registration and testing dates.