• Start researching colleges early.\n
• Think about your values and preferences (e.g., large vs. small; urban vs. pastoral) and look for colleges that fit.\n
• Talk to college counselors, older friends, relatives and others who may have insight into the schools you're considering.\n
• Develop a system for tracking deadlines and paperwork.\n
• Consider whether a test-prep course would be of benefit.\n
• Visit your top choices. Attend classes and talk to the students.\n
• Try to keep perspective and maintain balance.
• "Best 357 Colleges, 2005 Edition" (Princeton Review).\n
• "U.S. News Ultimate College Guide 2005" -- these famous college rankings are considered the bible to some, pornography to others.\n
• "Fiske Guide to Colleges 2005," by Edward Fiske (Sourcebooks).\n
• "Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That Is Best for You," by Jay Mathews (Three Rivers Press).\n
• Campusdirt.com -- students comment on everything from the professors to parking.\n
• Fastweb.com -- a comprehensive clearinghouse for scholarships.\n
• Guideforparents.com -- helpful links on topics such as tests, admissions and financial aid.\n
• Hillel.org -- provides a description of Jewish life on more than 500 campuses; also provides a link to financial aid for Jewish Students (previously known as FACETS).\n
• Sinai Temple Road Trip: East Coast College Tour -- (310) 481-3232 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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