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Job, Career & College Information

Visit the College and Career Information Center on the upper level of the Library to use the DuPage area's largest collection of books and audiovisual materials on job search, career, and college information.

College Search & Applications

BigFuture
http://bigfuture.org/

From the College Board, a website to help find colleges of interest, understand and locate sources of aid to pay for college, and make a step-by-step plan.

Braintrack
http://www.braintrack.com/

Directory of higher education institutions worldwide searchable by country and continent.

College of DuPage Transfer Tips and Guides
College Websites and Transfer Information: http://home.cod.edu/academics/transferinfo/transfer
Tips: http://home.cod.edu/academics/transferinfo/tips.aspx

Learn tips on how to transfer from the College of DuPage to other colleges and see Transfer Guides outlining agreements on the acceptance of C.O.D. credits at many Illinois (and some out-of-state) colleges and universities.

College Rankings
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/eduhome.htm

Presents data from the annual undergraduate and graduate college ranking issues of U.S. News, along with text of articles from the issues. Much of the for-fee "Premium Content" is available in the expanded special issues available in the College and Career Information Center: America's Best Colleges (CCIC LB 2331.63 .A46) and America's Best Graduate Schools (CCIC LB 2331.63 .U7).

College and University Rankings:
A Guide from the University of Illinois Education & Social Science Library

http://www.library.illinois.edu/sshel/specialcollections/rankings/rankabout.html

Background information and cautions related to college and university rankings with links to many internet-based ranking lists

CollegeNET
http://www.collegenet.com/

Search for and apply to colleges, find financial aid, and much more

Common App Online
http://app.commonapp.org/

Apply online or download the Common Application accepted by 255 colleges.

Illinois Articulation Initiative: iTransfer
http://www.itransfer.org/

The official site that explains the Illinois Articulation Initiative for both general education and specific majors.

U.select
http://www.itransfer.org/

Find out how your C.O.D. majors courses will transfer to other colleges in the CAS System. Click on the state of Illinois on the map, then sign up for your personal guest login and password when using the system for the first time (after this you login as a Member). Click Course Equivalency Guides on the left column. Choose the state and school to which you plan to transfer (not just in Illinois, but in Arizona, Minnesota and more available). Instructions on checking for C.O.D. courses should follow on the next screen.

Learning Express Library
http://0-www.LearningExpressLibrary.com.lrc.cod.edu

Take practice tests for college, graduate school and professional school entrance exams such as ACT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and more.

To access this resource, use the link above, or visit the Library's Article Databases page. Click on Learning Express Library and choose the exam category you are interested in.

If you are using this outside of the C.O.D. network, you will be asked to enter your surname and Library Card barcode number to gain access.

Peterson's
http://www.petersons.com/

College search, standardized test, and financial aid information

PrincetonReview.com
http://www.princetonreview.com/

Apply to over 950 colleges using on-line college application forms, explore schools that are right for you, and get financial aid advice.

Ten Steps to College with the Greenes
http://www.pbs.org/tenstepstocollege/tensteps_main.html

"Ten Steps" presents short essays, worksheets, internet links and streaming video clips to help high school and college students plan for further education. Transfer students should click on "Admissions Articles" for special information on the transfer process.

The PBS video series supported by this material is available in the Library's College and Career Information Center at LB2350.5 .T46 2003.

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Financial Aid Information

FAFSA on the Web
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

Free Application for Federal Student Aid form with information on the program and how to fill it out the application.

ISAC College Zone
http://www.collegeillinois.org/

One-stop financial aid center administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) listing scholarship, grant, and loan programs available through the Commission.

FastWeb
http://www.fastweb.com/

Free scholarship search service. Requires an e-mail address.

FinAid: The Financial Aid Information Page
http://www.finaid.org/

A well-known gateway to links with information on various forms of financial aid, scams, and application hints.

Student Guide to Federal Financial Aid
http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html

Guide to grants, loans and work-study programs available through the U.S. Office of Education.

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Choosing a Major

What jobs are English or Communications majors hired for? What types of careers could a degree in Biology lead to? Students who are thinking about their academic specialty often ask for help from their advisers here at COD. Here are some helpful resources Internet resources linking majors and careers:

What Can I Do With This Major?
http://www.cod.edu/library/media/majors/default.html

Guide from the University of Tennessee's Career Services to career paths for 60 majors. Includes occupation types, typical employers, and strategies from specialized coursework to on-the-job experiences to help make the student a "stand-out" candidate. Good links to websites with more information.

What Can I do With a Major in.?
http://uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html

74 majors are covered with information on occupations, skills needed, and links to useful sites. From the Career Services at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Choosing a College Major: How to Chart Your Ideal Path
http://www.quintcareers.com/choosing_major.html

Step-by-step advice on self-evaluation, researching majors and careers, and making choices. From Quintessential Careers, a commercial career and job search site. Information is useful and most site links are free.

Don't forget to send students to the College and Career Information Center in the Library. We have a large collection of majors guides, including 24 titles in the Great Jobs for -- Majors, including Art, Foreign Language, Math, Physical Education and more.

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