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College Planning

Resources & Links

Family Connection

Burke students and families use a software management tool called Family Connection to assist them as they navigate the college transition process. This tool allows students to better organize the information necessary for planning and strategizing for college.

Family Connection will support students as they conduct college searches and analysis to help determine their competitiveness for admission to their schools of interest. There is a database that provides information on where Burke alumni have applied to college and their admissions outcome; as well as more detailed information on schools and a direct link to the college/university website.

Students are provided an orientation and registration code in their junior year to get them started with Family Connection and the college process. For those wishing to begin their college search earlier, they can access Family Connection at: http://connection.naviance.com/eburke

Recommended Resources

Here is some recommended reading material and links to various helpful websites (found to the right). Many of the books can be found in our college counseling library.

“A” is for Admission: The Insider’s Guide to Getting Into the Ivy League and Other Top CollegesMichele A. Hernandez. Former admissions officer at Dartmouth College reveals how the world’s most highly selective schools really make their decisions.

Colleges That Change Lives – Loren Pope. Provides essential information on forty schools chosen for their proven ability to develop potential, values, initiative, and risk taking in a wide range of students.

Fiske Guide to CollegesEdward B. Fiske. Guide to more than 300 colleges and universities; delivers an insider’s look at the academic climates and social/extracurricular scenes of profiled schools.

Fiske Guide to Getting Into the Right CollegeEdward B. Fiske & Bruce G. Hammond. Guide takes students and parents step-by-step through the admissions process; offers expert advice and tips to help students get accepted to their schools of choice.

Rugg’s Recommendations On the CollegesFrederick E. Rugg. Secondary school college counselor lists the quality departments at quality colleges; a good place to start with tens of thousands of contacts.

The College Board Book of MajorsCollege Board. Everything you need to know about every major – from accounting to zoology – offered in every college from Hawaii to Maine.

The College Board College HandbookCollege Board. Key information on every accredited college in the U.S.

The Gap-Year Advantage: Helping Your Child Benefit from Time Off Before or During CollegeKarl Haigler and Rae Nelson. Provides parents with all the advice, tips, and information they need to help students develop and implement a gap-year strategy.

The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier CollegeJacques Steinberg. A New York Times reporter’s all-access view of a year spent in the admissions office of Wesleyan University.

The Thinking Parent’s Guide to College AdmissionsEva Ostrum. A friendly, no-nonsense system for helping your child choose and get into the school that will fit him or her best.

The Uncollege Alternative: Your Guide to Incredible Careers and Amazing Adventures Outside CollegeDanielle Wood. Guidance and advice on taking time off before or during college; opportunities for internships, apprenticeships, training programs and more.

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Resource Links


College Board




Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

U.S. Department of Education

District of Columbia Department of Higher Education

Maryland Higher Education Commission

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

NCAA Clearinghouse

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

NACAC Students’ Rights and Responsibilities in the College Admission Process

Black College Dollars (The Sallie Mae Fund)

USA Gap Year Fairs
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