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    Make a wise decision.
    Find the right college for you.

    select for a copy   Beyond High School How to Make a Plan 


    Before you begin you will need to get a copy of your unofficial  transcript from your counselor.

    College Visits

    College representatives  from various universities come to the College & Career Center room 211 to present information about their colleges. They will talk about programs, majors, campus life, admissions, scholarships and answer any other questions you may have about their college. Students who sign up must be serious about attending college, and working toward that goal. Juniors and Seniors are invited to attend college visits.

    ***After you sign up for the visit come see Mrs. King in the C.C.C. to ask for a pass that you may use on the day of the visit to attend.

    Sign Up Now!

    Search Sites

    The following sites will help you as you search and make plans for your life after you graduate from Thornton. Please explore to find out which one works for you.  Click on any of the purple titles to get started. Good Luck in your planning.  You must register to use most of these websites.


    Search to see which colleges want you. The free college matching service will help make your college search easier.

    The College Board

    Founded in 1900, the College Board is a not-for-profit educational association that
supports academic preparation and transition to higher education for students  around
the world through the ongoing collaboration of its member schools, colleges, universities, 
educational systems, and organizations.
    WhatsNextIllinois.org is an online portal providing comprehensive career and college access tools.



    College and career search with video tours and links to applications.

    The Common Application

    An application form Used by many schools for admission 

    Colleges and Universities

    Alphabetical listing by State


    BestSchoolsUSA provides comprehensive information on: applying to 
colleges, application and  admission requirements and procedures, college
admissions criteria and the  weight allotted by various colleges to grades,
AP courses, SAT, ACT, sports, volunteer work, essays, references, etc.
The web site also has tips on choosing colleges, preparing college applications,
writing essays, getting recommendation letters, preparing for interviews, etc.
Their comprehensive surveys provide  answers which colleges themselves gave
on application and admission requirements  and procedures.


    Campus Tours: Virtual College  Tours!

    CampusTours is the definitive online source for virtual college  tours, interactive maps,
college webcams, QuickTime VR tours, campus movies and pictures. Every day
thousands of prospective students visit CampusTours to take  virtual excursions of 
colleges across the United States.


    Provides advice and resources on money, technology, sports recruiting, applications, and  more.


    College Profiles

    CollegeProfiles.com features in-depth college profiles with  information about academic
programs, athletics, campus life, facilities, expenses, financial aid and much more.


    College View

    A searchable database for more than 3,700 colleges, as well as links to
virtual reality campus tours.


    Includes information on eligibility requirements for Division I and II colleges,
recruiting policies, and NCAA Clearinghouse information.



    A searchable database of vocational schools and careers and financial aid.


    Peterson"s College Information

    Peterson"s plays host to one of the web"s most comprehensive education sites.
Gather information on everything from accredited online courses to financial aid programs.


    Peterson"s Two and Four Year College Information

    A listing of two and four year colleges by alphabetic sorting, by geographic region, and by major.


    The Princeton Review:Choosing a College

    Things to consider when choosing a college.


    U.S. Department of Education: Think College

    The Think College web site has been designed to provide  information on educational
opportunities beyond high school for learners of all ages.



    This site assists high school students with planning for the future and other guidance issues


    Affordable Colleges Online, an organization dedicated to providing free higher education tools for current and future college students and their families, recently published research on all the not-for-profit universities and colleges in Illinois that offer online college programs. Historically, online programs have only been offered by for-profit institutions. Yet today, many of the most established not-for-profit state colleges and national universities have launched programs that provide flexibility and lower tuition prices for students. This data set is unique to our site and is even ahead of the curve compared to other government education data sources such as NCES and IPEDS.  A few of the key features on the page:
    - Researched and published online, accredited, not-for-profit institutions, sorted by affordability
    - Spotlight interviews provided by many college deans with the institution's philosophy on online learning
    - Scholarship and financial aid options for college students in Illinois

    below you will find some links to other websites you can use to do your college search

    Black Excel – The College Help Network


    Hobson’s CollegeView


    U.S. News – Education

    Web U.S. Higher Education

    Illinois Mentor

    National Association for College Admissions Counseling

    Historically Black Colleges & Universities

    Education Index