Dear PCD Students,
Welcome to your college counseling portal—your go-to place to guide you through the college search and application process. There are many tools available to you to help you navigate this part of your educational journey. Though there are certainly many resources that are relevant and helpful to all students, this process, at its best, is highly individualized and our goal is to work together to find the best match you 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 education.
Director of College Counseling
- Is it true that we should start the college search process as early as freshman year?
- There are so many websites and guide books with so many colleges. Where do I start?
- Should I apply to a certain number of schools?
- What do I need to know about financial aid?
- It seems like a lot of colleges are not requiring the SAT or ACT anymore. Do these tests still matter?
- What about SAT II Subject Tests?
- Should my child take the ACT?
- Should my child apply early ?
- But isn't it easier to get in early?
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.
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.