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The ThroughCollege System helps individual students find, apply to, and succeed at their best-fit college. The 4 Steps of the ThroughCollege System are a series of innovative and engaging activities students can do on their own or with a mentor.

College Preparation & Educator Resources

ThroughCollege Research Reports

Thinking Differently About College Counseling
Author: Helen Janc Malone, Harvard University

Role of Parents in Students' College Choice
Author: Helen Janc Malone, Harvard University

Innovating College Guidance
Author: Darin Eich, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Innovating College Guidance Part II: Utilizing the Internet for Positive Youth Development
Author: Darin Eich, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

ThroughCollege Blog Articles
Authors: ThroughCollege Fellows

College Guidance Resources


American School Counselor Association Annual Conference (

College Summit Institute (

National College Access Network Annual Conference (  
National Organizations

American School Counselor Association (

College Summit (

Higher Education Information Center, The Education Resources Institute (

National Association for College Admission Counseling (

National College Access Network (

Pathways to College Network (  
Guides for High School Students 

American College Testing Service (ACT) (

College Board/SAT (

CollegeMotivation (

College Tours (

Common Application (

E-Campus Tours (

Edvisors (


Getting Ready for College (planning guide from TERI) (

KnowHow2Go (

The Princeton Review (

What's My Calling? (Facebook Career or Major Discovery Activity) (
Guides for Counselors

Advisor Training Module (from NCAN) (

Guide to Creating Community-Based College Access Centers (

The ASCA National Model (ASCA Framework) (  
Research institutes

Institute for Higher Education Policy (

NCHEMS Information Center for State Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis (

Southern Regional Education Board (

The Education Resources Institute (

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education (

The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education (

The Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research (

USC Rossier School of Education (


National Research

Ascher, C ., & Maguire, C. (2007, December). Beating the odds. Providence, RI: Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. (

Bedsworth, W., Colby, S., & Doctor, J. (2006, October). Reclaiming the American dream. The Bridgespan Group. (

Bottoms, G., & Young, M. (2008). Lost in translation: Building a better path for school to college and careers. Atlanta, GA: Southern Regional Educational Board.

Choy, S. P. (2002). Access & persistence: Findings from 10 years of longitudinal research on students. Washington, DC: American Council on Education, Center for Policy Analysis. (

Corwin, Z. B., & Tierney, W. G. (2007, January). Getting there and beyond: Building a culture of college-going in high schools. USC Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis. (

Dounay, J. (2006, August). Involving Families in High School and College Expectations. ECS Policy Brief. (

Engle, J., Bermeo, A., & O’Brien, C. (2006, December). Straight from the source: What works for first-generation college students. Washington, DC: The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education.

Gandara, P., & Bial, D. (2006). Paving the way to postsecondary education: K-12 intervention programs for underrepresented youth. Washington DC: National Postsecondary Education Cooperative, U.S. Department of Education. 

Institute for Higher Education Policy. (2006, June). Expanding access and opportunity: The impact of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program. Washington, DC: Author. (

Malveaux, J. (2003, January). What’s at stake: The social and economic benefits of higher education. Research Report 2. National Dialogue on Student Financial Aid. (

Martinez, M., & Klopott, S. (2003). Improving college access for minority, low-income, and first-generation students. Washington, DC: Institute for Educational Leadership and the National Clearinghouse for Comprehensive School Reform. (

McSwain, C., & Davis, R. (2007, July). College access for the working poor: Overcoming burdens to succeed in higher education. Washington, DC: Institute for Higher Education Policy. (

Roderick, M., Nagaoka, J., Coca, V., & Moeller, E. (2008, March). From high school to the future: Potholes on the road to college. Chicago, IL: Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago. (

Ruppert, S. S. (2003, October). Closing the college participation gap: A national summary. Denver, CO: Center for Community College Policy, Education Commission of the States. (

State Higher Education Executive Officers. (2003). Student success: Statewide P-16 systems. Denver, CO: Author.

The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems and Jobs for the Future. (2007, November). Adding it up: State challenges for increasing college access and success. Washington, DC: Author. (

Venezia, A., Kirst, M. W., & Antonio, A. L. (n.d.). Betraying the college dream: How disconnected K-12 and postsecondary education systems undermine student aspirations. Final Policy Report from Stanford University’s Bridge Project. Stanford, CA: The Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research. (

Wimberly, G. L., & Noeth, R. J. (2005). College readiness begins in middle school. ACT. (

Wimberly, G. L., & Noeth, R. J. (2004). Schools involving parents in early postsecondary planning. ACT. (


Chronicle of Higher Education (

EdWeek (

Inside Higher Ed (

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