General College Information
Applying for college can be a complex process for all students, especially first-generation college students. As one of your primary sources of support, Milton Hershey School and the GPS Division have compiled relevant college-related resources to guide seniors and graduates throughout the process.
These websites provide answers to common questions, feedback from other students, and most importantly, tools to help students remain committed to achieving success throughout their college careers:
- College Board: This is a great starting point to gather and compare basic data on more than 5,700 colleges and universities, including admission requirements, program offerings and costs.
- College Confidential: In addition to helpful admissions articles and financial aid information, this site features discussion boards where parents, students and admissions officers answer questions, share tips, and offer support throughout the college process.
- College Prowler: Find information about different schools directly from students and recent graduates. For each of the 1,476 schools listed, you can find information about acceptance rates, the social scene, and quotes from current students on campus. The site also offers a tool to help you assess your chances of admission at schools you’re considering.
- Common Application: This resource provides online and print versions of application materials for almost 400 schools. You can complete one main application that can be submitted to multiple colleges. Teachers and guidance counselors can submit recommendations electronically through an online form.
- Peterson’s: Originally a well-respected college guidebook, Peterson’s is now online. You’ll find data about hundreds of colleges and universities, including criteria for admissions, lists of programs and total costs.
- Princeton Review: This site contains plenty of resourceful content, including articles about applying to schools, choosing a major, and finding a study abroad program. The “counselor-o-matic” tool asks questions about your grades, test scores, interests and activities to provide you with a list of “good-fit” colleges.