Building a Successful Pathway to College: A Bibliography of Essential College Preparation Resources

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Last Updated: Apr 15, 2014
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Guide Index
Overview
Exam Preparation
Selecting a College
Application and Admission
Financial Aid
Helpful Hints for College
Studying In Hawaii
About

Overview

Scope Note

The transition from high school student to college student is both important and complex. It signifies teenagers' first steps into an adult reality that requires them to take sole command of their individual futures. Unfortunately, the complexity of the transition involves a lot of know-how regarding college preparation and career planning that not all high school students are exposed to and/or familiar with.

This libguide is designed for Hawaii high school students and contains an accessible collection of resources that guide students through the college application process while considering factors such as career interests, college choice, and financial standing. It is our hope to help them successfully prepare for their transformation into career goal-oriented college students.

It is important to note that this guide does not replace the role of the school guidance counselor. Students should first consult their counselors, who may have more up-to-the-minute information. However, this guide can be considered a useful complement to their counselors' services.

For more discussion regarding the transition from high school to college, Hawai'i P-20 presents news and reports containing the most up-to-date data, as well as numerous resources for college-bound students. Below are reports on two specific schools on the Big Island:

Kealakehe High School College and Career Readiness Indicators

Ka'u High School College and Career Readiness Indicators

 

Do You Have An HSPLS Library Card?

In order to access most of the sources in this LibGuide, you will need to have a Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) library card.

In order to check out/borrow the "Recommended Books" listed in this LibGuide, you will need to have your HSPLS library card with you. The books are either readily available at the Kailua-Kona Public Library, or can be requested via interlibrary loan to be sent to the HSPLS library of your choice.

To use the "Recommended Databases" in this LibGuide, you will need to:

  1. log-in to your HSPLS account (under the My Account tab)
  2. provide your library card's barcode number (either on the front or back of the card) and your pin (a four-digit password set when you turn in your library card application to your local HSPLS library)
  3. Click on the Databases tab.
  4. Under the All tab, locate the specific database by alphabetical order. 

Most tabs in this LibGuide will feature an online database you can access. Use the above steps to access the online databases correctly.

If you need further help navigating this LibGuide, please don't hesitate to ask a library staff member. 

LibGuide Citation Style

Our LibGuide follows the sixth edition of the American Psychological Association citation format.

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Exam Preparation

Recommended Books
These print study guides come equipped with practice exams to help you improve your test-taking skills. They are easily located in the Kailua-Kona Public Library on the shelves marked "Exams" near the reference desk.
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Martz, G., Magloire, K., & Silver, T. (2013). Cracking the ACT (2014 ed.). New York: Random House.
   

         378.1662 Cr

Robinson, A., & Katzman, J. (2014). Cracking the SAT (2014 ed.). New York: Random House. 
Browsing the Shelves

The following call numbers will help you find additional books that will prepare you for the SAT exam or ACT exam. Good luck!

  • 371.21 -  Admissions and related topics
  • 378.1662 -  A level examination

Further information can be obtained by doing a subject browse in the HSPLS catalog using the following LCSH:

ACT Assessment -- Study guides

SAT (Educational test) -- Study guides

Universities and colleges -- United States -- Entrance examinations -- Study guides

The SAT & The ACT: Which Should You Take?

As a high school student, you have probably heard of the SAT exam and the ACT exam. Both exams are used by U.S. colleges & universities as part of the admission process: in other words, your score on either exam will help to determine whether or not you can get into the post-secondary schools of your choice.

It's important to know which exam is necessary to enter the colleges or universities that you are interested in attending; this information can usually be found on each school's website.

When in doubt about which exam you need to take, you should: 1) contact each school's admission office directly; 2) consult your high school college counselor; and/or 3) consult your local school or public librarian.


  

Recommended Online Database

*Log-in to your HSPLS library account first in order to readily access this online database. Be sure to follow the detailed steps listed under the "Overview" tab of this LibGuide*

Peterson's.Testing & education reference center. Retrieved February 12, 2014 from http://www.nelnetsolutions.com.ezproxy.librarieshawaii.org:2048/terc/default.aspx?sponsor=2088 

This database offers free access to electronic resources that will help you prepare for your ACT or SAT exam day, such as study guides, practice tests, and helpful study tips.

 

 

Official Exam Websites

Explore the official websites for each exam to discover additional study tools, register for testing dates, and review your exam scores: 

ACT, Inc. (2014). The act. Retrieved February 1, 2014 from http://www.actstudent.org/ 

 

The College Board. (2014). Sat. Retrieved February 1, 2014 from http://sat.collegeboard.org/home 

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Selecting a College

Recommended Books
The following books encourage college-bound students to consider themselves as the center of their school selection decisions. Attending a college or a university requires a huge investment of time and money; make sure that the school you select is the right fit for you
 
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Fogg, N., Harrington, T., Harrington, P., & Shatkin, L. (2012). College majors handbook with real career paths and payoffs: The actual jobs, earnings, and trends for graduates of 50 college majors. (3rd ed.). St. Paul: Jist Works.
 
 
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Rowh, M. (2011). Community college companion: Everything you wanted to know about succeeding in a two-year school. Indianapolis: Jist Works.
 

 

Browsing the Shelves

Use the following call numbers to search the shelves & locate additional college selection resources:

  • 331.70209 - Vocational guidance--United States
  • 378.105 - Organization and activities in higher education
  • 378.198 -  College students
  • 378.73 -  Colleges--United States

Further information can be obtained by doing a subject browse in the HSPLS catalog using the following LCSH:

Career education -- United States. 

College choice

College majors -- United States.

College student orientation -- United States -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Recommended Online Database

*Log-in to your HSPLS library account first in order to readily access this online database. Be sure to follow the detailed steps listed under the "Overview" tab of this LibGuide*

Cengage Learning. (2014). Gale Virtual Reference Library. Retrieved February 16, 2014 from http://go.galegroup.com.ezproxy.librarieshawaii.org:2048/ps/start.do?prodId=GVRL&authCount=1

Within the Gale Virtual Reference Library, you can locate The College Blue Book. The College Blue Book is an up-to-date directory of post-secondary schools located in the United States and Canada. This directory provides well-organized and relevant school selection factors for each school, such as: tuition rates, geographical location, and special programs. 

(2013). The college blue book (40th ed., Vol. 1-Vol. 6). Detroit: Gale Cengage Learning. Retrieved February 16, 2014 from http://go.galegroup.com.ezproxy.librarieshawaii.org:2048/ps/eToc.do?source=&etocId=GALE%7CCX2055299001&inPS=true&prodId=GVRL&userGroupName=hawaiistatepub&tabID=&action=DO_BROWSE_ETOC&searchId=&searchType=BasicSearchForm&docId=GALE%7C9780028661933&contentSegment=9780028661933&isDownLoadOptionDisabled=true

Which College or University Should You Go To?

"There is no single one-and-only college for the student. Colleges have personalities just as the students do. There are always several colleges with academic and social climates compatible and acceptable to each student." (The College Blue Book, 2013).

So which school do you attend? The following is a list of some of the important factors to consider during your decision process (The College Blue Book, 2013):

  • Entrance Requirements 
  • Courses Available 
  • Costs 
  • Size of Student Body 
  • Academic Pressure
  • Special Programs 
  • Geographical Location 
  • Specialty Schools
Recommended Websites

Reading these web articles will empower you to make a school choice based on your needs and wants:

O'Connell, M. (2007, February 21). How to choose a college that's right for you. Retrieved March 6, 2014 from http://www.npr.org/2010/12/08/7506102/how-to-choose-a-college-that-s-right-for-you

Hopkins, K. (2011, April 4). 10 steps to picking the right college. Retrieved March 6, 2014 from http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2011/04/04/10-steps-to-picking-the-right-college

This website offers free interactive college and career planning tools that will help you to keep track of your school selection process:

The College Board. (2014). Bigfuture by the college board. Retrieved March 6, 2014 from https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-started

Browsing the Internet
Because of the digital nature of the times we live in, it is highly likely that the colleges and/or universities you are interested in attending have their very own websites. If you are unable to visit a college or university campus personally, browsing a school's website gives you an opportunity to gather important information that will help you in your school selection process.
 
The University of Texas at Austin has compiled a list of links to most universities and community colleges in the United States and its territories.
If you cannot find your preferred school(s) above, a simple Google search should provide you with the results you need.
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Application and Admission

How do I get into the college I want?

After selecting which college you would like to attend, the next step is to apply. The application process can sometimes be daunting. For some colleges, it could be as simple as filling out a form or two. For others, you could be required to apply to the university, the college, and the specific program. You may also be required to write one or more essays, or submit resumes or portfolios.

However, there are a number of guides out there to assist you, whether you are an academic marvel or an average Joe.

Browsing the Internet
While the guides listed offer invaluable advice on how to go through the application process, once you have selected the colleges to which you wish to apply, it is imperative to visit their websites for the most recent and precise details.
 
Happily, the University of Texas at Austin has compiled a list of links to most universities and community colleges in the United States and its territories.
 
If you cannot find your preferred school(s) above, a simple Google search should provide you with the results you need.
Recommended Books
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Jager-Hyman, J. (2013). B+ grades, A+ college application. New York: Ten Speed Press.
 
 
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Le Ny, J., & Kaplan Admissions Team. (2005). 101 ways to become the perfect college applicant. New York: Simon & Schuster.
 
 
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Mamlet, R., & Vandevelde, C. (2011). College admission: From application to acceptance, step-by-step. New York: Three Rivers Press.
 
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McGinty, S. M. (2004). The college application essay (Revised Edition ed.). New York: College Board.
 
Browsing the Shelves

More books can be found in the public library by simply scanning the titles for call number:

  • 378.1 - Organization and activities in higher education.

Be sure to search both the general sections and young adult sections of the library!

 

Further information can be obtained by doing a subject browse in the HSPLS catalog using the following LCSH:

College applications

College preparation programs

Universities and colleges--admissions

universities and colleges--entrance requirements

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Perhaps the most common concern for students, aside from choosing a college and major, is how to go about paying for school. With tuition, fees, books, transportation, room, board, and social activities, costs pile up quickly.

However, college doesn't need to leave you in debt. Money is out there being given away. You simply need to have the right resources to find it, and the perserverance to fill out as many applications as you can. Spending several days seeking out aid now can mean saving yourself years of paying off unnecessary loans later.

Recommended Websites and Databases

Federal Student Aid

How to Apply for Scholarships | Hawaii Community Foundation

Recommended Books and Articles

          378.3 Pa

Chany, K., & Martz, G. (1997). Paying for college without going broke (2014th ed.). New York: The Princeton Review.

 

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Hatcher, F. (2012). The "C" students guide to scholarships. Lawrenceville, NJ: Peterson's Publishing. (Also available as an electronic resource.)

 

         YA 378.30973 Pe 2014

Peterson's how to get money for college 2014 (2013). In Webster B., Schwartz J. C. (Eds.), (31st Edition ed.). Albany, NY: Peterson's.

Weintraub, A. (2014, Get a great aid package. U.S. News Digital Weekly, 11. Retrieved February 22, 2014 from Business Source Complete http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ulh&AN=93443310&site=ehost-live

Browsing the Shelves

More books can be found in the public library by simply scanning the titles for call number:

  • 378.3 -  Student aid and related topics.

Be sure to search both the general sections and young adult sections of the library!

 

Further information can be obtained by doing a subject browse in the HSPLS catalog using the following LCSH:

Scholarships -- United States.

Student aid -- United States.

Student aid -- United States -- Directories.

Student aid -- United States -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Student loans -- United States -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.

 

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Helpful Hints for College

Where do I start?!? What do I do next?!?

Still not sure where to begin? Step-by-step guides exist to help you prepare for the college experience even while you are neck-deep in high school. Programs abound which can help beef up your high school resume and get you ready for the transition to college.

And once you're a college student, what do you need to know? There are numerous pitfalls to avoid, as well as numerous benefits you may not be aware of, for example:

  • How many classes should you take?
  • Should you register for morning classes or afternoon classes?
  • Should you buy the latest version of the required textbook, or should you save some cash and get the previous edition?
  • Should you live in a dorm, or move into an apartment with friends?
  • Should you apply for those credit cards that send you "pre-approvals"?
  • Do local businesses give student discounts if you have a school ID?

A little research and reading before your first day of classes can help make the next several years a lot more pleasant.

Recommended Websites and Databases
College and career readiness. (2013). Retrieved March 1, 2014, from http://www.p20hawaii.org/programs/college-and-career-readiness/
 
 
CollegeXpress. (2014). Retrieved February 17, 2014, from http://www.collegexpress.com/
Recommended Books

Front Cover         378.161 Le
 
Le Ny, J., & Kaplan Admissions Team. (2005). 101 ways to become the perfect college applicant. New York: Simon & Schuster.
        
 
 
View full image         YA 378.19809 Ma
 
Mamlet, R., & Vandevelde, C. (2011). College admission: From application to acceptance, step-by-step. New York: Three Rivers Press.
        
 
Browsing the Shelves

More books can be found in the public library by simply scanning the titles for call number:

  • 378.1 - Organization and activities in higher education.

Be sure to search both the general sections and young adult sections of the library!

Further information can be obtained by doing a subject browse in the HSPLS catalog using the following LCSH:

College applications -- United States

College choice -- United States

Universities and colleges--Entrance requirements

Universities and colleges -- United States -- Admission

Also check the various tabs of this LibGuide for more specific Library of Congress Subject Headings which may aid you in your searches.

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Studying In Hawaii

Studying In Hawaii: The Perks

Depending on how long you've called the Hawaiian islands "home", you may or may not be eager to leave the state to study in pursuit of something different. Take comfort in knowing that you can gain a whole new experience of living and learning without having to leave your current home or move too far from home. Here are some of the perks of studying in Hawaii:

  • Residency rates: According to U.S. News and various Hawaii campus websites, as a resident of Hawaii, it can be significantly cheaper for you to study in-state than it is for you to study out-of-state
  • Island hop: Want to leave your home island, but aren't ready to leave the state? Take advantage of the fact that there are multiple quality colleges and universities scattered throughout the Hawaiian islands. 
  • Multicultural connections: You don't need to move to a different state or country to meet people from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. According to individual school websites, Hawaii universities and colleges boast the highest level of cultural diversity amongst staff and faculty in the nation.
  • Unique learning environments: Hawaii colleges and universities offer a variety of face-to-face learning environments, as well as online learning environments; such options allow you to construct a learning schedule that fits your personal life. 
  • Affordabe transfer opportunities: Just because you start your freshman year in Hawaii, doesn't mean your future years of study are restricted to one place. Various Hawaii colleges and universities offer study abroad opportunities both within the United States and outside of the United States.

Running Start

For public high school or charter high school students who are raring and ready to take the opportunity to earn college credits and high school credits simultaneously, consider the Running Start program available through the UH system. 

Listing of Hawaii Schools

*Log-in to your HSPLS library account first in order to readily access this online database. Be sure to follow the detailed steps listed under the "Overview" tab of this LibGuide*

 

Cengage Learning. (2014). Gale Virtual Reference Library. Retrieved February 16, 2014 from http://go.galegroup.com.ezproxy.librarieshawaii.org:2048/ps/start.do?prodId=GVRL&authCount=1

Within the Gale Virtual Reference Library, you can locate The College Blue Book. The College Blue Book is an up-to-date directory of post-secondary schools located in the United States and Canada. This directory provides well-organized and relevant school selection factors for each school, such as: tuition rates, geographical location, and special programs. 

The following is a list of Hawaii schools taken from The College Blue Book directory. Visit these individual college and university websites to learn more about educational opportunities within the state:

Argosy University

Brigham Young University

Chaminade University 

Hawaii Pacific University

Hawaii Tokai International College

Heald College

Remington College

University of Phoenix

University of Hawaii System (Universities and Community College Websites)

Western Undergraduate Exchange

Home

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program offers college-bound Hawaii residents affordable learning opportunities at a number of post-secondary institutions out-of-state. To see a list of participating undergraduate out-of-state institutions, click here

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 Jennifer Kau'i Losalio is a library assistant at Na'alehu Public Library. 

Robb Dahlke is an English teacher at Kealakehe High School.

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