Put those smartphones to use!
If you are interested in researching colleges in a rather millennial way, here are five apps for your smartphone to help optimize the college search.
College-Bound provides useful, up-to-date information about the entire college-application process. Professionals in all facets of the college planning stages offer expert information on many helpful topics including college essays, financial aid, SAT and ACT test preparation, athletic recruitment, and scholarship searches. All information on the app is updated and fact-checked often in order to provide prospective college students with the most up-to-date information possible.
Prospective college students can now use Naviance—an academic platform that helps with comprehensive college planning—via a mobile app. While students must attend a high school that subscribes to the Naviance platform in order to use the app, the app serves as a planning tool for students to research and save college favorites and set up to-do lists that tie to a specific college. Students can also use the app to connect with counselors from those schools.
Scholly: Scholarship Search is an app that subscribes to the notion that everyone deserves to go to the college of their dreams without accruing debilitating debt. This app is a comprehensive guide to the scholarship search process for high schoolers, current undergraduate students, and even those looking for scholarships going into a graduate program. This app utilizes a patented scholarship design system, aiming to target scholarships that are unique to each individual student’s needs.
With 100% of information from the U.S. Department of Education, this app serves as a search engine for students researching universities of varying sizes, community colleges, trade schools, or specialized colleges. Offering information on over 7,000 educational institutions, users of the app can bookmark different schools and get information on topics like religious affiliation, enrollment deadlines, diversity charts, general information (phone number, address, website, type of college, etc), accreditation, application fees, and lists of programs and majors available.
This app is designed to help you avoid forgetting college essentials during moving-day stress. You can start with a master list of everything you need to bring to college with you, break it down into several categories and subcategories, and check items off as you pack. A default list of college necessities is also available if you want a list to reference as you go shopping before the big moving day.
Just remember, proper preparation and research will eliminate much of the stress that comes with the transition from high school to college. And these five apps demonstrate how your smartphone can be used as a helpful planning tool to make the college-preparation process for college-bound students just a little bit easier.
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