College - College and Postsecondary Planning
You want to go to college? Explore the resources on this page to help figure out which college is best for you.
How to Start Your College Search
Not sure how to begin your college search? Explore the links below to help figure out which options are best for you!
College Board Resources
National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Resources
The Coalition for College
The Coalition for College helps make college a reality for all students with their free, online college-planning tools that help students learn about, prepare for, and apply to college.
How to Apply to College
The college application process can seem intimidating, especially if students don’t have family who have already been through the process. Explore the links to better understand how to apply to college.
The Common Application
The Common Application provides access to over 800 colleges and universities on one platform. It is also called "The Common App".
- Application Guide for First-Time Students
- Common Application Family Resources
- Webinar Recording: Is Your Family Common App Ready?
College Application Resources
- Coalition Application
- Khan Academy: Applying to College
- College Board:
SAT and ACT
Both ACT and SAT scores are used for college admissions decisions and awarding merit-based scholarships. Learn more about FCPS and SAT exam opportunities on the SAT Assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/student-tests-and-assessments/student-assessment-d…).
Check out the resources below to learn more about these standardized tests:
- SAT (College Board)
- What to Bring and Do on Test Day
- Understanding Your SAT Scores
- How to Send Your SAT Scores to Colleges
First Generation College Students' Resources
- College Board’s First Generation Resource page
- Go College! Now
- The Center for First-generation Student Success
- First in the Family
Immigrant Students: DACAmented and Undocumented Resources
- United We Dream: Education Justice
- George Mason University (GMU): DREAMers
- Immigrants Rising - Transforming Lives Through Education
Students with Special Needs Resources
- Young Adult Initiatives (National Center for Learning Disabilities)
- 50 Best Disability Friendly Colleges and Universities (College Choice)
- Most Affordable Online Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities (OnlineU)
Local Colleges with Learning Support Programs
- Mason LIFE Program
- Mason Autism Support Initiative (MASI)
- NOVA Accommodations and Accessibility Services