Academic journal article Professional School Counseling

Successfully Navigating College Information on the Internet

Academic journal article Professional School Counseling

Successfully Navigating College Information on the Internet

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Internet Guide for College-Bound Students. Kenneth E. Hartman; New York: College Entrance Examination Board; 1996; 196 pages; $14.95

The Internet is an ever-increasing presence in the school and home environments of college-bound students. Gathering information about higher education opportunities and choosing a college can be a difficult task. Using the Internet to find information about colleges and important issues facing students can be useful. In Internet Guide for College-Bound Students, author Kenneth E. Hartman does an excellent job of explaining to both the novice and experienced web user how to navigate the Internet to get relative and valuable information about prospective colleges and universities and other related concerns.

Much of the information Hartman discusses gathering was previously not available to students or counselors. Information such as opinions by current students on campus life and academics, campus race relations, and campus culture can now be obtained through viewing an online school newspaper, accessing student home pages, e-mail, message boards, and student and faculty discussion groups. Traditional college information such as admissions requirements and academic programs and departments is available on the Internet and can be accessed through college and university web sites, e-mail, and faculty bulletin boards. Suggestions for students with special needs or concerns such as disabilities or multicultural issues are also presented with corresponding web sites and tools.

Hartman also guides the reader in finding other kinds of information on the Internet. There is a helpful section on financial aid. …

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