College Websites

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College Handbooks

  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Guides
  • Essay, Resume, and Grammar Guides
  • Campus Life
  • Selecting a Major
  • AP Books
  • SAT Books
  • SAT Word Lists
  • Regents Review

College Websites:
Alphabetic List of US. Universities 
- List of U.S. universities, ordered alphabetically.
Cappex - Find colleges and scholarships
College Confidential - Comprehensive college site.
College Opportunities On-line - Created by the National Center for Education  Statistics to help future students and their parents understand the differences between colleges and how much it costs to attend. Contains, "Cool", a tool to help you search for a college based on its location, program, or degree offerings either alone or in combination.
College Plan - The College Planning Network.
CollegePrep 101 - Designed to help navigate the process of selecting, applying to and being successful in college.
College Profiles - Features in-depth profiles with information about academic programs, athletics, campus life, and financial aid, along with geographic search, directories for honors programs, women's colleges statistics on minority enrollment and numerous other resources for prospective college students.
Culinary Schools - Links to top cooking schools in the U.S. an around the world.
CUNY - City University of New York official site.
National College Fairs - From the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
New York's Colleges & Universities - Complete listing of every private college in N.Y.S.
Peterson's Education Center - College search and career center.
SUNY - State University of New York official site.
Vocational Schools - Business, Trade and Technical - Information on private professional/technical programs throughout the U.S.
Women's Colleges - Information about women's colleges and well as links to their web sites.
Princeton Review - Online edition of college guide.
US News College - Compares and ranks college and universities.

College Virtual Tours -
Campus Tours: virtual college tours
eCampus Tours
CUNY virtual tours
Youniversitytv -
virtual tours of all NYS colleges and universities
You Visit - virtual college tours around the United States



Q.        How do I send Colleges “Teacher Letters of Recommendation?
A.         Only some colleges require these and the maximum is usually two.  CUNYs regular freshman college application does not require them.  Some SUNY schools and Private schools do require them. To send teacher letters of recommendation you must first ask your teachers if they will write one for you.  Then give the teachers stamped addressed envelopes made out to whatever colleges you are applying to.  Give them any forms that the colleges may require.  If the college does not have a form, they may want the teacher to write the letter on Bayside High School Letterhead.  The teacher can also send a “Teacher Feedback Form” to the college (Teacher Feedback Form is available in Guidance).   Make sure you allow plenty of time for the teachers to write and send these letters for you (at least 30 days before the school's deadline)

Q.  How do I hand in College Applications?
A.  Fill them out online on the college’s website, at CUNY, SUNY, or Common Application.  Then, hand into your Guidance Counselor large stamped addressed (addressed to the college's office of admissions) envelopes with a copy of any “counselor forms” needed.  All colleges except for CUNY will require stamped addressed envelopes.  CUNY will require your OSIS on the application, as well as for you to meet with your Guidance Counselor and fill out a “CUNY information sheet.”  Don’t forget to pay the application fee online, and to send your SAT scores to each college “officially” from College Board.

Q.        When do I hand in College Envelopes?  
A.         October-December only.  Counselors will not accept application envelopes after the Winter Holiday Break.

Q.        How many colleges can I apply to?
A.         Please discuss this with your Guidance Counselor, as you should pick a variety of schools including “reach,” “target,” and “safety” schools in order to ensure that you get into a place where you will thrive.  Typically the limit for applications is: Up to 6 CUNY schools + as many SUNY schools as you would like + a maximum of 6 other colleges.  All students are STRONGLY advised to apply to CUNY, as CUNY schools are the most affordable, and will automatically guarantee you a spot in a 4 or 2-year college depending on your GPA and SAT scores.

Q.        When should my child take the SAT's for the 1st time? 
A.         Springtime (May or June) of their Junior year.

Q.  How do I apply for financial aid?

A.  You can apply for financial aid beginning January 1st of your child's senior year.  At that time, fill out a FAFSA form online at FASFA.  FAFSA is the form that ALL colleges will require to receive any type of need-based aid.  Need-based aid is determined strictly by the family's annual income while merit-based aid is determined by the student's grades and SAT scores. 

Q.       Can my child walk in graduation if they do not meet the criteria for graduation in June?

A.         No