• College Access & Readiness Resources:

    With the many college access and readiness resources available to both students and educators, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to begin.  To that end, we have collected a number of excellent college access and readiness resources below. 

    A Pocket Guide to Choosing a College 
    NSSE has revised and updated its pocket guide to exploring colleges.  Our new guide, A Pocket Guide to Choosing a College: Are You Asking the right Questions on a college campus visit?, was created as part of an ongoing public awareness campaign to refocus the national conversation about what constitutes quality in the college experience.
    Achieve Texas
    Achieve Texas is designed to help students (and their parents) make wise education choices.  It is based on the belief that the curricula of the 21st century should combine rigorous academics with relevant career education. When schools integrate academic and technical education, students can see the “usefulness” of what they are learning. The system also facilitates a seamless transition from secondary to postsecondary opportunities.
    Campus Compare
    Campus Compare is a free, comprehensive online resource for college-bound students searching for the school that is right for them.  Campus Compare offers data on a range of topics including academics, campus life, athletics, college trends, financial aid, scholarships and more, for more than 3,000 colleges and universities. Search, compare and connect with schools in one all-inclusive site that features a number of fun and interactive tools.
    College Affordability Guide 
    OUR MISSION: to provide clear, correct info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree, and to offer a fresh analysis of which colleges are doing the most to make high-quality education affordable. We analyzed 10,000,000+ data points from 5,000+ degree-granting colleges and universities across the US, looking for the most affordable colleges and degrees. Less than 10% of those schools made it into our rankings.
    College Board
    Don't think you can go to college? | YouCanGo!™.......Neither did they… hear from real students on how they made it happen!
    This Web site was designed by students, for students and features first-person accounts of students who overcame great challenges -- peer pressure, lack of family support, and financial barriers – in order to attend college. It provides relevant, comprehensive information about why to go, how to go, and how to pay for college or other postsecondary education programs. Young people who may not have considered higher education a viable option will be engaged, informed, and inspired to create their own "roadmap" to college.
    College Grazing
    College Grazing offers free, interactive self-discovery surveys to help you identify your college needs and desires. Based on the premise that self-awareness will lead to better college decisions, College Grazing offers immediate feedback about your college preferences, readiness, characteristics and much more.
    College is Possible
    This web-site and program from the American Council on Education (ACE) is designed to motivate middle and high school students from underprivileged communities to seek a college education.  It provides resources on paying/preparing for college.
    Drive Your Life
    Drive of Your Life is a fun online career exploration game that helps middle and high school students learn more about themselves, higher education and careers. This educational tool lets students answer a series of questions about themselves to learn what careers could interest them and then go on a virtual drive to learn more about each of those careers – all in their own customized car.
    Education Planner
    Check out their career assessment tool for help finding a career that suits you. You’ll also find tips on completing college applications and tools to help you decide among colleges once you’ve been accepted.
    Job Information for Kids
    Job Information for Kids | Grades K-5. ... Teens Grades 6-8 · Teachers · Parents · Learn Stuff · Play Games · Watch Videos. You are here Kids.gov Home > Jobs ...
    Khan Academy
    Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more.
    This website provides some important college for middle and high school students regarding preparing themselves for a university education.  This campaign is a multiyear and multimedia effort includes television, radio and outdoor public service advertisements (PSAs) that encourage 8th through 10th graders prepare for college using four simple steps.
    My College Options
    My College Options is a free service that provides students with the opportunity to create a personal online college and career planning profile. Students can match their individual needs, talents, abilities, goals and interests with the offerings of 3,500+ accredited post-secondary institutions across the United States.
    Own Your Own Future
    This website provides students an interactive way to explore a number of career and college readiness resources.
    Quest Bridge
    QuestBridge connects the world's brightest low-income students to America's best universities and opportunities.
    Reality Check

    Reality Check allows students to explore future career options in a fun and interactive manner.  By walking students through the living costs associated with their future aspirations, students are able to get an idea of how much money they will need to earn and the types of careers and education needed to maintain their lifestyle.  

    Texas Higher Education Data
    Texas Higher Education Data, www.txhighereddata.org, was created and is maintained by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The links on this page provide access to Texas higher education data and related data sources via reports, statistics, queries, and other interactive tools.
    The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
    The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is dedicated to meeting the goals of the state’s higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015.