Colleges Joan has Visited


Joan spends approximately 20% of her time on college campuses asking questions with her students’ needs in mind. She talks to students, faculty members, admission officers, visit classes, reads the school newspaper, attends athletic events, and gets a general feel of the campus culture for her students. Joan is committed to bringing the most current first hand information to her families with whom she is working.

Click HERE to see the list!

Agnes Scott College
Akron, University of
Alabama, University of
Alabama-Birmingham, University of
Albright College
Allegheny College
Amherst College
Antioch College
Arcadia University
Arizona State University
Arizona, University of
Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Philadelphia
Auburn University
Austin College

Babson College
Baldwin-Wallace College
Barnard College
Barry University
Baltimore, University of
Bates College
Baylor University
Beacon College
Beloit College
Belmont University
Benedict College
Bennington College
Bentley University
Bethune-Cookman University
Birmingham Southern College
Bloomfield College
Bloomsburg University
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
British Columbia, University of
Brown College
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
Butler University

Catholic University of America
Cabrini College
Caldwell College
California, Berkeley, University of
California, Los Angeles, University of
California, San Diego, University of
California, Santa Cruz, University of
California Institute of Technology
Carleton College
Carnegie-Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Castleton State College
Centenary College
Central Florida, University of
Centre College
Champlain College
Chapman University
Charleston, College of
Chestnut Hill College
Chicago, University of
Christian Brothers University
Christopher Newport University
Cincinnati, University of
The Citadel
City University of New York
City University of New York, Baruch College
City University of New York, Brooklyn College
City University of New York, College of Staten Island
Claremont McKenna College
Clark University
Clemson University
Coe College
Cogswell Polytechnical College
Colby College
Colgate University
The College of New Jersey
College of St. Elizabeth
Colorado College
Colorado-Boulder, University of
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Columbia College
Columbia University
Columbus College of Art and Design
Connecticut College
Converse College
Cornell College
Cornell University
Culinary Institute of America
Curry College
Curtis Institute of Music

Dallas, University of
Davidson College
Dayton, University of
Dean College
Delaware, University of
Denison University
Denver, University of
DePaul University
DePauw University
Dickinson College
Dillard University
Drake University
Drew University
Drexel University
Duke University

Earlham College
Eckerd College
Elizabethtown College
Elon University
Emmanuel College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emerson College
Emory University
Eugene Lang College
Evergreen State College

Fairfield University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Fashion Institute of Technology
Felician College
Fisk University
Fitchburg State College
Flagler College
Florida Atlantic University
Florida International University
Florida State University
Florida Southern College
Florida, University of
Fordham University
Franklin and Marshall College
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Furman College

Gallaudet University
Georgetown University
Georgia, University of
Georgia Tech
Georgian Court University
George Washington University
Gettysburg University
Goucher College
Green Mountain College
Grinnell College
Gustavus Adolphus College

Hamilton College
Hampshire College
Hampden-Sydney College
Harvard University
Harvey Mudd College
Haverford College
Hawaii, University of
High Point University
Hiram College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hope College
Hofstra University
Hood College
Houston, University of
Howard University

Indiana University Bloomington
Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois Wesleyan University
Illinois, Champagne-Urbana, University of
Immaculata University
Iona College
Iowa State University
Iowa, University of

Jacksonville University
James Madison University
Jewish Theological Seminary, List College
John Carroll University
Johns Hopkins University
Johnson and Wales University
Johnson State College
Juilliard School
Juniata College

Kalamazoo College
Kent State University
Kentucky, University of
Knox College
Kutztown University
Kenyon College

Lafayette College
Lake Forest College
Landmark College
La Salle University
Lawrence University
Lebanon Valley College
Lehigh University
Lewis and Clark College
Linfield College
Lock Haven University
Long Island University, Brooklyn
Louisiana State University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University New Orleans
Lycoming College
Lyndon State College
Lynn University

Macalester College
Marist College
Marlboro College
Marquette University
Mary Baldwin College
Maryland, University of
Maryland Institute of College Art
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McDaniel College
Memphis, University of
Menlo College
Messiah College
Miami, University of
Miami, University, Oxford, Ohio
Michigan, University of
Michigan State University
Middlebury College
Middle Tennessee State University
Millersville University
Mills College
Millsap College
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Minnesota, University of
Mississippi, University of (Ole Miss)
Missouri, Columbia, University of
Missouri, Kansas City, University of
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Mitchell College
Monmouth University
Moravian College
Morehouse College
Mount Saint Mary College
Muhlenberg College
Muskingum University

Nevada, Las Vegas, University of
New College
New College of Florida
New England Culinary Institute
New York University
New York University, Tandon School of Engineering
Northern Arizona University
North Carolina, University of
North Florida, University of
Northern Colorado, University of
Northwestern University
Norwich University
Notre Dame, College of
Notre Dame de Namur University
Nova Southeastern University

Oberlin College
Occidental College
Oglethorpe University
Ohio State University
Ohio University
Oklahoma, University of
Oklahoma State University
Old Dominion University
Olin College of Engineers
Ontario College of Art & Design Oregon State University
Oregon, University of
Otterbein College

Pace University
Pacific University
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Pennsylvania, University of
Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University, Altoona
Pepperdine University
Philadelphia University
Pittsburgh, University of
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Portland, University of
Pratt Institute
Presbyterian College
Prescott College
Princeton University
Providence College
Puget Sound, University of
Purdue University

Quinnipiac University

Reed College
Regis University
Rhode Island, University of
Rhode Island School of Design
Rhodes College
Rice University
Richmond, University of
Rider University
Ringling College of Art and Design
Ripon College
Roanoke College
Rochester, University of
Roger Williams University
Roosevelt University
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Saint Anselm College
Saint John’s College
Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Louis University
Saint Michael’s College
Saint Olaf College
Salve Regina University
Samford University
San Diego State University
San Diego, University of
San Francisco, University of
Santa Fe University of Art and Design
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
Schreiner University
Scripps College
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Seton Hall University
Simon Fraser University
Simon’s Rock College of Bard
Simmons College
Skidmore College
Smith College
South Carolina, University of
Southern California, University of
Southern Florida, University of
Southern Methodist University
Southern Vermont College
Southwestern University
Spelman College
Stanford University
State University of New York, New Paltz
State University of New York, Oneonta
State University of New York, Purchase
State University of New York, Stony Brook
Sterling College
Stetson University
Stevenson University
Stevens Institute of Technology
St. John’s University
St. Joseph’s College
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
St. Peter’s College
Susquehanna University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University

Tampa, University of
Temple University
Tennessee, Knoxville, University of
Texas A&M University
Texas, Austin, University of
Texas Christian University
The College of Wooster
Thunderbird School of Global Management
Towson University
Trinity College
Toronto, University of
Tulane University
Tulsa, University of
Tufts University
Tuskegee University
Tyler School of Art


Union College
United States Air Force Academy
United States Coast Guard Academy
United States Naval Academy
University of the Arts
University of the Sciences of Philadelphia
University of Southern California
Ursinus College
United States Military Academy at West Point

Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Vermont, University of
Villanova University
Villa Julie College
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Virginia, University of

Wabash College
Wagner College
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
Washington College
Washington, Seattle, University of
Washington University, St. Louis
Waterloo, University of
Webster University
Wellesley College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wesleyan University
West Chester University
Western Washington University
Wheelock College
Whittier College
Widener University
Willamette University
William and Mary, College of
Williams College
Wisconsin, Madison, University of
Wofford College
Wooster Polytechnic Institute
Wooster, College of
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Xavier University

Yale University
York University

Suggested Reading List


Looking for a good book about colleges and the college admissions process? Books can offer a preliminary way to learn a whole new vocabulary such as early action versus early decision. They will also introduce you to the vast world of American colleges and universities.

There are lots readily available but for some of Joan’s favorites, click HERE.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
But I’m Almost 13!An Action Plan for Raising a Responsible Adolescent by Kenneth Ginsburg
Colleges That Change Lives – 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges by Loren Pope
Colleges That Change Lives – 40 Schools You Should Know About Even If you’re Not a Straight-A Student by Loren Pope
Colleges that Encourage Character Development by John Templeton Foundation
Colleges Unranked – Ending the College Admissions Frenzy by Lloyd Thacker
Cool Colleges (2nd Edition) by Donald Asher
Creative Colleges – A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers by Elaine Loveland
Driven to Distraction – Recognizing and Coping with A.D.D. from Childhood to Adulthood by Edward Hallowell
Fat Envelope Frenzy: One Year, Five Promising Students, and the Pursuit of the Ivy League Prize by Joie Jager-Hyman
Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward Fiske
The Gap Year Book by Lonely Planet
Harvard Schmarvard by Jay Matthews
The Insider’s Guide to Colleges (2012) by Yale Daily News
The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or A.D.D. by The Princeton Review
Letting Go – A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn
Looking Beyond the Ivy League by Loren Pope
Millenials Rising – The Next Great Generation by Neil Howe
A Mind at a Time – America’s Top Learning Expert Shows How Every Child Can Succeed by Mel Levine
The Best 373 Colleges (2012 edition) by The Princeton Review
The College Admissions Mystique by Bill Mayher
The College Finder – Choosing the School That’s Right for You – Third Edition by Steven Antonoff
The Myth of Laziness by Mel Levine
The Launching Years – Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life by Laura Kastner
The Overachievers – The Secret Life of Driven Kids by Alexandra Robbins
The Price of Admission by Daniel Golden
The Price of Privilege by Madeline Levine
The Running of the Bulls – Inside the Cutthroat Race from Wharton to Wall Street by Nicole Ridgeway
Schools That Rock – The Rolling Stone College Guide by Jenny Eliscu
Taking Time Off by Colin Hall
When Our Grown Kids Disappoint Us – Letting Go of Their Problems, Loving Them Anyway, and Getting On with Our Lives by Jane Adams
Yale Daily News Guide to Summer Programs by Sara Schwebel

The College Search


Navigating the web to find the best websites to help you in the college search can be overwhelming. There are all sorts of first rate and free tools that can deepen and enrich your experience. But everyone seems to have an opinion and it is important that you find the best informed ones.

Click HERE to check the list of some of my favorites.

College Board
College Board’s web site allows you to register for the SAT, research colleges, and apply online. The site allows students to research financial aid and to register for the CSS/PROFILE, a financial aid form required by some colleges.

Common Application
Schools that subscribe to the common application have indicated that they will read students’ applications and treat them like their own. When using the common application, be sure to keep track of deadlines and supplemental materials required by some schools.

The Princeton Review
This is the home of Apply! Online, the web-based version of the software that lets you fill in college applications from your home computer.

College View
College View’s “College Search” feature offers profiles of over 3,800 colleges and universities, as well as information on financial aid and scholarships.

Similar to the Apply! site, CollegeNet offers access to more than 1,500 applications for college and university programs.
XAP (pronounced “ex-app”) Corporation provides student services for the college application process, helping students select a college, apply, and finance their education online.

Peterson College Quest
A college search engine with test preparation and financial aid information.

Find, review, and explore America’s colleges on this site.

Testing Information


Applying to college can seem like an exercise in figuring out a lot of strange acronyms associated with standardized tests such as ACT, TOEFEL, SAT I and II. To learn more about these tests and why they can matter so much to you in the college admissions process,

click HERE.

The College Board
The College Board is a not-for-profit examination board that manages the SATs, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, college-level examination programs, and advanced placement (AP) programs. It also offers the CSS/Financial Profile, a financial aid application service that many institutions use in determining family contribution and financial assistance packages.

The ACT test is a non-profit organization that offers a widely accepted college entrance exam. It assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple choice test covers four skill areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science.

Information and registration for the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

Educational Testing Service
If you have questions about standardized testing, go right to the source: the Educational Testing Service

Fair Test
Fair Test provides a list of colleges and universities that do not require the SATs.

Financial Aid / Scholarship Information


Filling out financial aid forms can be a daunting task. But doing so accurately can save you thousands of tuition dollars. Public colleges with modest price tags are becoming more selective, while lesser-known private colleges may admit more students. To score a great education at an affordable price, students need to do a little extra research, think creatively and be assertive.

Click HERE for some great web tools.

To learn more about the free application for Federal Student Aid and to fill out the application online.

Billed as the internet’s “largest free scholarship search,” this site includes more than 275,000 listings.

This is the site for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. It has general information and links to many other sites.

A college search service as well as a scholarship database of over 500,000 listings.

Other Helpful Websites


The web is an amazing tool for learning more about your niche during the college research process. Specialty websites are wonderful resources for colleges that provide comprehensive support for learning disabilities to advice for putting together your artwork for National Portfolio day. Take advantage of all that’s out there! As always, contact us if you have any questions.

Click HERE to view our list of web resources.


NCAA Online
The official website of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, another governing body of college sports.

Visual and Performing Arts:

American Federation of Musicians
An informative website that includes an international music school search, as well as scholarship information.
A search engine that lists over 3,000 international visual arts schools.
A film school search engine that lists programs worldwide.

National Association of Schools of Theater
Founded in 1969, the NAST is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities. It has approximately 135 accredited institutional members. The NAST establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as other credentials.

Learning Disabilities:

LD Online
The world’s leading website on learning disabilities and A.D.H.D.