Academic journal article Professional School Counseling

Choosing the Right College: New Software for Counselors and Students

Academic journal article Professional School Counseling

Choosing the Right College: New Software for Counselors and Students

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Kaplan on Campus 97, Kaplan Interactive, $29.95 US News. Getting Into College - 1997 Edition, Creative Multimedia, $24.95 (both available in Macintosh or Windows)

A high school senior comes to your office seeking information to help her plan for college. We will call her Claire. After a short discussion, you learn she is interested in the specialized field of art therapy. Not long ago, you might have sent Claire to the library to look through stacks of college catalogs, and you might have suggested a couple of state universities off the top of your head.

Today you boot up your computer, and within minutes your monitor is delivering information on colleges and universities matching Claire's interest, ability, financial situation, and other needs. This information comes from Kaplan on Campus, one of two CD-ROM-based programs containing detailed information on virtually every college and university in the United States. The software allows the user to search simultaneously by major, institution, size, entrance difficulty, cost, location, and other factors.

Claire decides to search the database using her preferences for Admission ranking, Major, Location, Tuition and fees, School affiliation, School size, School setting, and Special services. After selecting criteria in each of these categories, the software goes to work searching for the "best fit" colleges. In this case, two schools were found matching Claire's profile. By clicking on the "next page" of a simulated book we see a list of the schools.

Suppose we want more information on one of our selections. Clicking on the name of a college gives us expanded information on everything from sororities to financial aid. …

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