This section provides resources, books, links and consultants to help you navigate through the maze of courses, tests, essays, extracurriculars, applications and scholarships or post-graduate education.
All Aspects of Higher Education in the US
EducationUSA, from the US Department of State: www.educationusa.state.gov (much more straightforward in our opinion than the obtuse site for the US Department of Education, but click on the latter if you're a glutton for punishment).
US - UK Fulbright Commission: US Educational Advisory Service, www.fulbright.org/study-in-the-usa; tel 0207 0207 498 4010.4010.
The US-UK Fulbright Commission is a not-for-profit organisation, funded by both governments to foster mutual cultural understanding through educational exchange between the US and UK. It achieves this through postgraduate and postdoctoral scholarships and through its advisory service. The advisory service provides a wide range of information and events to support students, parents and advisors interested in US-UK exchange. As part of the EducationUSA advising network, Fulbright's team is the only official source of information on US study for the UK.
Getting a Student Visa
Help with the Application Process
Consultants we like and work with:
AJ Nemecek Educational Consultancy
Eileen Penman, Educational ConsultantsUK
Several books on writing college essays are available through the Barron's website, www.barronseduc.com.
Best College Admission Essays, Petersons: www.petersons.com. Fifty sample essays plus tips and advice for writing your own.
Financial Aid Assistance
Broad information on scholarships and loans
Awards for Undergraduate Study in the US (Fulbright handout)
US Scholarships for International Students, (September 2014), by Stephen Fenoglio (Mayflower Educational Consultants), is a comprehensive guide for students seeking financial assistance for US universities. It outlines the key points and differences regarding available financial aid and scholarships, and details the specific financial offerings of the top 100 American universities.
Foundation Grants to Individuals (September 2015) The Foundation Center). ISBN 1-59542418-0; also available as an online subscription service at foundationcenter.org. Has a section on International Applications, listing American foundation grants given exclusively to individuals from other than the US. See the Foundation Center website for general information on scholarships.
Scholarships, Grants, and Prizes (2015) from www.petersons.com provides up-to-date information on a wide range of privately funded awards available to college students - based on ethnic heritage, talent, employment experience, military service, and other categories. Includes information on award amounts, eligibility, the application process.
How to Get Money for College (2015), also from www.petersons.com, offers information on need-based and non-need gift aid, loans, work-study, athletic awards, and more. The Colleges-at-a-Glance comparison chart lists the full costs that can be expected, aid packages, and more for each of more than 2,100 four-year colleges and universities, organized by state.
2015 Scholarship Handbook (from College Board), ISBN 1-45730-319-1. Available from collegeboard.org and Amazon UK. Covers scholarships, internships and loans.
Help, Need More Money!
Halo Financial - worth checking to see if they can save you money on international money transfers (they offer exchange rates that can be up to 4% better than a bank). More to the point, the money can reach your student bank account in the US on the same day.
College Prospects of America: www.cpoauk.com/contact A sports scholarship placement service. Contact Marva Hall, European Co-ordinator (and an former athlete herself): email@example.com , 5 Manland Avenue, Harpenden, Herts AL5 4RE; Tel. 01582 Tel 01582 712 364; 364; Fax 01582 468 091.
Sporting Chance USA: www.sportingchanceusa.com UK contact is Phil Selby, firstname.lastname@example.org; 3 Forge Cottages, Main Street, South Maskham, Newark, Notts. NG23 6EF; Tel. 01636 918474
Tel 01636 918474
Pass4Soccer: www.pass4soccer.com. UK contact is Daniel Gray, Daniel@pass4soccer.com; Tyne Met College, Embleton Ave, Wallsend, T&W NE28 9NJ; Tel. 07763 749028
Tel 07763 749028
InTuition Scholarships: www.student-scholarships.com. UK contact is Tom Nutter, email@example.com; 4 Ravey St, London EC2A 4QP; Tel. 08456 034054
Financial Aid for Student Athletes: www.finaid.org/otheraid/sports.phtml
National Collegiate Athletic Association: www.ncaa.org
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics: www.naia.org
National Junior College Athletic Association: www.njcaa.org
Help Choosing a University
The College Board: www.collegeboard.com - simply the best uni search of any website we've seen. Filter for every possible combination of type, location, course, degree, size college and university in the entire US.
www.lifeintheusa.com Describes just what it says...life in the USA
Princeton Review: www.princetonreview.com
www.uscampus.com For every side of living and studying in the USA
Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges 2015, Barron’s, 31st edition, www.barronseduc.com/school-guides. In-depth profiles of more than 1,650 schools. Plus Barron’s exclusive rating system, with schools ranked from 'Most Competitive' to 'Non Competitive', a comprehensive index to college majors and free access to Barron’s web site featuring a college search engine to help students match their academic plans and aptitudes with the admission requirements and programs of each school. It has a section on ‘Study in the US’ covering areas including admission, finance and application. ‘Colleges at a Glance’ presents some of the data that initially concerns many students, e.g. environment, size and test scores.
The College Board College Handbook 2016, The College Board, ISBN 1-45730-316-7, www.collegeboard.org. Over 3,900 four-year and two-year colleges. ‘The only guide to every accredited college in the US’. Indexes colleges by type, special characteristics (e.g. women only), undergraduate enrolment size, admission selectivity, admission/placement policies, college that offer ROTC, NCAA sports. Colleges are described by state.
The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Differences, (2014, 12th Edition), ISBN 0-80412-557-0, available on Amazon.co.uk. Profiles of 350 Schools with programs or services for students with ADHD or Learning Disabilities.
Four Year Colleges, 2013, 45th edition, Peterson’s, ISBN 0-7689-3863, www.petersons.com. Latest information on more than 2,500 four-year colleges and universities in the US and Canada. Plus the inside scoop on private v. public schools, honour calls, ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) programmes and more. It boasts an at-a-glance application checklist to help you get started. Tips on surviving standardized test and searching for scholarships. Newly updated advice for international students. It has an easy to use majors index and entrance difficulty index. Colleges and universities are organized by state/province.
The Princeton Review Complete Book of Colleges, 2013, Random House, ISBN 0-3079-4628-2 from www.Amazon.co.uk. Up to date information on over 1,500 colleges and universities. Uses an icon system to indicate the number of students, cost, environment, intercollegiate athletic division and ‘The Best 367 Colleges’ – meaning it appears in The Princeton Review book of the same name (available on www.PrincetonReview.com) where each school has a detailed profile. There is a section to analyse which group of colleges will interest you. It has information on admissions, campus life, financial aid and athletic programmes.
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (comprehensive site with links to all rankings compilers; this link goes specifically to those ranking undergraduate institutions): College and University Rankings
Princeton Review: www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/
US News and World Report: www.usnews.com/education
General Undergraduate Information About Schools in the US
www.sourcebookscollege.com (Fiske Guide)
Sites specifically for community colleges
American Association of Community Colleges: www.aacc.nche.edu
National Alliance of Community and Technological Colleges: www.nactc.org
US State Colleges, Universities and Community Colleges: www.50states.com/college
Taking the test
ACT Board: www.actstudent.org
SAT Board: www.collegeboard.org
The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest): www.fairtest.org For colleges that may exempt from standard tests
www.ets.org in Princeton and CITO Group SAT Program, PO Box 1109, 6801 BC Arnhem, Netherlands can also arrange registration
www.fulbright.org/study-in-the-usa in London for information on registration, fees and test centres.
Practising the test
The Official SAT Study Guide: For the New SAT, Second edition, The College Board, www.collegeboard.org. Take ten practice tests, created by the SAT test maker, and receive estimated scores. Includes detailed descriptions of math, critical reading, and writing sections of the SAT.
11 Practice Tests for the New SAT and PSAT, The Princeton Review, ISBN 0-3757-6434-8, www.PrincetonReview.com. There is also a series covering the subject tests.
The Real SAT II: Subject Tests, The College Board, www.collegeboard.org. Full-length tests for every SAT II subject, tips and strategies.
Crash Course for the ACT, and 1,450 ACT Practice Questions, 4th Edition, both written by the Princeton Review. Available through the Princeton Review online bookstore.
CATES Tutoring- private tutoring, test prep (SAT, ACT etc), application and admissions support company; serves New York and growing international market. www.CATEStutoring.com
Kaplan Test Prep: 3-5 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H OHA, 0207 0207 930 3130, 3130, fax 0207 930 8009, London_Center@kaplan.com. More than 60 years experience and offering a wide range of courses, private tuition and courses, Monday-Sunday. Also www.kaptest.com/uk.
The Studyworks: Michele Collias BA(hons) JD (cum laude), 46 Queens Gardens, London W2 3AA, 0207 4029877, fax 0207 2580417. Courses on GMAT-CAT and SAT with review of both the Math and Verbal sections of each exam.
English language tests
International English Language Testing System: www.ielts.org An alternative accepted by many universities.
Applying as a Transfer Student: Credential Evaluators
Arizona International Credential Evaluators, LLC (AZICE): www.iceinaz.com
Educational Credential Evaluators: www.ece.org
Educational Evaluators International Inc: www.educei.com
Education International Inc: www.educationinternational.org
Educational Records Evaluation Service, Inc.: www.eres.com
Foundation for International Services: www.fis-web.com
Global Services Associates: www.globaleval.org
International Education Research Foundation, Inc.: www.ierf.org
Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants: www.jsilny.com
National Association of Credential Evaluation Services: www.naces.org
SpanTran Educational Services: www.spantran-edu.com
World Education Services, Inc.: www.wes.org