Choosing to go to college is an investment in yourself. Not only do you stand to make more income over your lifetime but you will expose yourself to opportunities and experiences you wouldn’t have encountered otherwise. So, how do you make sure what you’re doing now is setting yourself up to get where you want to go? The following resources are a good place to start.

Courses to take in high school

MyCoalition’s free college planning tools

Unlike traditional college application systems, which are used only to submit an application, MyCoalition allows high school students to set up an account and begin learning about application and financial aid processes as early as the ninth grade. Watch the introductory video to learn more.

MyCoalition includes three main features:

    • Locker. Think of it like a virtual storage space. Collect and store information, papers, projects or examples of your best work so that when it comes to apply for college you have it all in one place. Understand the value of the Coalition Locker
    • Collaboration space. Connect with teachers, counselors, employers, and mentors who are supporting your college search and application process. You can utilize the collaboration space to share your college list, get feedback on your draft essays and more! Your contacts only see what you share with them. Making meaningful connections in the Collaboration Space
    • Application portal. When it comes time to applying to college, use your Coalition Profile information to easily apply to more than 150 colleges and universities.

Khan Academy

NOTE: Although the UW no longer requires the SAT/ACT as part of the application process, you are still able to send your scores if you’d like.

Connect your PSAT/NMSQT scores to Khan Academy to create free personalized study plans and strengthen the subjects you have potential to improve.

Explore colleges

Big Future

Sponsored by the CollegeBoard, explore and compare colleges to see what type of institution might be a good fit for you.

Strive Scan
Virtual presentations to learn more about the institutions you’re interested in, including group presentations and sessions on general college search topics as well.


Find other schools who have test optional or test blind policies.

Maximize your college search

Not sure where to begin your college search? Let us help. This recent panel reviewed free college planning tools, shared guidance from counseling colleagues on the high school side along with UW admissions counselors.

Watch the recording

Attend a college fair

Traditional in-person college fairs are slowly making their return this year. In the interim, check out these virtual options featuring hundreds of institutions with virtual booths and presentations.

Use these college fair tips to make the most of your college fair experience.