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Internet Resources

The internet is undoubtedly a wealth of information, but you have to be careful about what websites you rely on.  The following sites are ones that we recommend you consider during your college research and application process.

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College Search

The following sites will give you access to general information about colleges.  Some of these sites also offer matchmaking features as well as student reviews.  It is important to approach the research process with a critical eye, especially when it comes to subjective reviews and college rankings.

Naviance »
The online system we use at Pacifica for multiple aspects of the college process. There is a college search tool you can use.

Big Future of the College Board » 
Free resource from the College Board.  Contains mostly objective information and statistics.

College Majors 101 »
Provides information about majors, where you can pursue them, and what you can do with those degrees.

College Results Online »
Among other features, they provide retention and graduation rates, as well as direct links to each college’s Net Price Calculator.

College Navigator »
College search engine from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Cappex »
College search and scholarship site.

College Insight »
College search engine from the Institute for College Access and Success.

Unigo »
Provides general information about colleges as well as student reviews.  Also contains information about scholarships and internships.

Niche »
Provides student reviews and even student rankings of various colleges based on a number of categories.

Christian Connector »
Contains information on more than a hundred Christian colleges and opportunities for scholarships.

U.S. News and World »
Uses the term “best colleges,” but you will ultimately determine what college is best for you.  Do not interpret these rankings literally.


The links below are the most frequently used applications among students living in California.  Most state universities and even some private colleges will utilize their own application system, so be sure you are familiar with each college’s application process.

Common Application »
Accepted by now over 500 colleges and universities.

University of California »
Provides information about college admissions, allows school searches, and hosts discussion boards.
: Application for all nine UC campuses.

CSU Mentor »
Provides information about college admissions, allows school searches, and hosts discussion boards.
Application for all schools in the California State University system.

Standardized Testing

Below are links to registration pages for the SAT and ACT as well as additional standardized testing resources.

College Board »
Register for the SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests here.

Register for the ACT here.

FairTest »
The National Center for Fair and Open Testing works to ensure proper use of standardized testing in education.  They provide a list of colleges that do not require standardized testing in their admission process.

Khan Academy »
Khan has partnered with the College Board to provide free academic resources, including preparation for the SAT.


Resources for student athletes who have aspirations to play in college.

The largest collegiate athletic organization in the country.  Contains information about competing in Division I, II, and III.

NCAA Eligibility Center » 
Student athletes who are interested in playing NCAA Division I or II must register here.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics is a smaller athletics organization.  They have their own eligibility and scholarship process.

Athletic recruiting site that allows student athletes to create online profiles and connect them to college coaches.


Please see Affording College section for links.


Office of College Counseling


At Pacifica, we believe that the college counseling process begins and ends with the students. It is our goal to demystify college admissions and help them find their voice in the process of discovering the ideal place for the next chapter of their story to unfold.

Ben Lah
Director of College Counseling

B.A. Economics, Pomona College
M.A. Postsecondary Education, Columbia

T: 310.828.7015 ext. 111

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