College Application Smart Apps and Digital Resources for Students and Parents

Written By College Prep Academy Staff

The college application process can be complex and overwhelming for both parents and students.

The process has accelerated so much that high school juniors and seniors find themselves  working tirelessly to research colleges that would be a good fit while preparing for the required and or optional standardized tests (ACT, SAT, and SAT II Subject Tests).  Moreover, students are focusing on completing Advanced Placement and College Now classes, as well as preparing college and scholarship essays and resumes that speak to their unique talents, skills and experiences.

At the College Prep Academy, we understand well the stress and frustrations that students, parents and professionals experience while completing this process.    Some students, because of their limited time and resources, often become frustrated when faced with looming deadlines and obstacles to completion.  Many of our students and parents have found that the booming changes in the technology sector offer great promise for options and relief!

Living in an age of thriving technological advancement means that questions have answers and needs can be easily satisfied with our smart phones.  The ever-expanding world of Apps have become the go-to for scheduling, planning, and organizing everyday life.  Navigating the college planning and application process has been expanded through the availability of many  apps  to explore majors and career paths,  organize important dates and deadlines, as well as to provide tips for completing essays.

To help get you started, you will find some of the highly rated student apps below:

  • Google Calendar: Receiving an 8.6 out of 10 stars rating among users because of specialty features such as being able to sync their desktop accounts and calendars to their phone. Students will never miss deadlines and meetings and creating new events is a breeze!

  • Google Drive: Students have the ability to backup and store data conveniently without fear of losing important material should Microsoft Office crash. Likewise, because all changes are automatically saved in Drive, editing and writing can be done anywhere at any time.

  • College Hunch: An interactive college guide that is not only available for download on the App Store (Apple Store), but it allows users to have total control over the college application process. Students and parents can research institutions; research academic each academic requirement; compare their costs, demographics, and student profiles; and with the help of the app can organize research found into a built-in spreadsheet.

  • LinkedIn Student: Available for download on iOS and Google Play (Android), this app is tailored for soon-to-be college graduates looking for employment that best fits their major.

  • Schoold: Easy to download from the App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon app, Schoold offers students college counseling, and an easy-to-use search engine to research colleges and universities. Students can also find scholarships, research majors and prospective careers and financial aid tips.

  • https://myscholly.com/#scholly

Students input key words and phrases and Scholly matches them with the best scholarships based on their answers. Scholly has partnered with Jesse Williams (Actor, Grey’s Anatomy and social justice activist) hoping to expand use!

College Planning General:

  • Venmo

  • CollegePath.com

  • CollegeGoCappex

  • CollegeNet

  • Logrado

  • #degrees NYC

  • NerdWallet- “FAFSA COMMUNITY”

  • I’m First

  • Student Success Academy

  • CollegeConfidential

  • YouVisit

  • Find College

  • NYC Career Zone

  • Collegeview

  • Website: www.nacacnet.org (National Association of College Admission Counselors)

  • Website: www.collegecounseling.org (American College Counseling Association)

  • Website: HESC- nys

  • Website: IES NCES  College Navigator

  • Website: US DEPT OF ED.: Net Price Calculator

  • Nyccollegeline.org

 

Twitter Resources:

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