College Planning

Helping students and their families research, apply, find funding, and prepare to continue their education after high school is an essential component of any guidance program.

Web Resources


General Information

Naviance offers a computer program package designed to be used by counselors and teachers. It also offers a podcast designed for educators.

This site offers a suggested timeline for counselors to help them prepare their students for college.

College Board
The authors of the SAT have a website dedicated to school counselors.  This site has information on many topics relevant to college planning from facilitating the college application process to explaining financial aid.

College Search

College Navigator
The U.S. Department of Education co-created this website with students to inspire and encourage youth and adults to attend college.  The site provides information on how college will benefit you financially, how to go about applying to college, how to find financing, plus a lot more.

Recommendation Letters


College Board 
This article contains tips for counselors writing recommendation letters including links to pdf forms for students and parents to fill out information to assist their counselor in writing their recommendation letter.

Journal Research Articles


CSCORE does not endorse any of the following research studies.  Instead, our goal is to present you with the latest research being conducted.  It is up to you to decide if the study is reliable and valid.


Evaluation of an SCCT-based Intervention to Increase Postsecondary Awareness in Rural Appalachian Youth

Gibbons, M. M., Hardin, E. E., Taylor, A. L., Brown, E., & Graham, D. (2020). Evaluation of an SCCT-based intervention to increase postsecondary awareness in rural Appalachian youth. Journal of career development, 47(4), 424-439.

Abstract and Journal Access

A College Readiness Intervention Program's Impact on College-Going Self-Efficacy and College Knowledge

Wilson, R. D. (2018). A college readiness intervention program’s impact on college-going self-efficacy and college knowledge (Doctoral dissertation).

Examining the Effects of High School Contexts on Postsecondary Enrollment
Engberg, M. E., & Wolniak, G. C. (2010). Examining the effects of high school contexts on postsecondary enrollment. Research in Higher Education, 51(2), 132-153. 
Abstract and Journal Access

College Preparatory Curriculum for All: Academic Consequences of Requiring Algebra and English I for Ninth Graders in Chicago
Allensworth, E., Nomi, T., Montgomery, N., & Lee, V. E. (2009). College preparatory curriculum for all: Academic consequences of requiring algebra and English I for ninth graders in Chicago. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 31(4), 367-391.
Abstract and Journal Access

Establishing a College Culture in Secondary Schools Through P-20 Collaboration: A Case Study
McClafferty Jarsky, K., McDonough, P. M., & Núñez, A. M. (2009). Establishing a college culture in secondary schools through P-20 collaboration: A case study. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 8(4), 357-373.
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Supporting College Transitions Through Collaborative Programming: A Conceptual Model for Guiding Policy
Karp, M. M., & Hughes, K. L. (2008). Supporting college transitions through collaborative programming: A conceptual model for guiding policy. Teachers College Record, 110(4), 838-866.
Abstract and Journal Access

Curriculum Materials


Roads to Success
The Roads to Success program offers a free college and career curriculum for grades 7 through 12.  The website has detailed lesson plans on how to motivate your students to attend college.