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College Resources & Downloadable Documents

Steps for Requesting a Letter of Recommendation

1. Decide whom you will be asking for letters of recommendation. Most colleges require two academic teachers and one administrator, advisor or counselor letter.

2. Plan ahead! Allow at least three weeks for the letter to be completed.

3. Fill out this form completely for each individual who has agreed to write a letter. Personalize your answers according to the writer.

4. Attach your resume. You can note on this form to “refer to resume” on applicable questions.

5. Bring this completed form and resume to each person. Explain that it contains information about you in order to help write the letter.

6. Tell your teacher that you will email them specific instructions for uploading their letter of recommendation.

7. Write a thank you note to the person(s) who provided you a letter of recommendation.

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College Admissions Testing

Questions about testing? Please visit the AHS Assessment and Measurement webpage, click here .

College Search

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Explore college graduation rates


College Results Online (CRO) is an interactive, user-friendly Web tool designed to provide policymakers, counselors, parents, students, and others with information about college graduation rates for nearly any four-year college or university in the country. CRO allows users to:

  • Examine colleges' graduation rates, and see how those rates have changed over time.
  • Compare graduation rates of similar colleges serving similar students.
  • Learn about colleges' track records in graduating diverse groups of students.

College Advice & Essay Help

Gap Year

Student Athletes

Common Application

Financial Aid

These are my top recommendations for reliable, accurate and update websites that provide information about the financial aid process and the FAFSA.



These websites are useful for students and parents in obtaining current and legitimate scholarship opportunities. There is also a wealth of information on how to avoid scholarship scams.

First Generation College Students


College Virtual Visits

These are some of my favorite websites to provide to students who are in the research phase of the college process. While a physical campus visit is always recommended, for those who are unable to visit the college campus due to financial or time constraints, the virtual visit provides another avenue for “seeing” the school.

Internships/Career Exploration

These are wonderful online resources for career exploration that contain useful surveys, interest profilers, tips, and resources for how student interests translate into careers. All of these websites allow students to create portfolios and have examples of resumes, interviewing tips, and a general search engine for careers that are matched to student interests.

Virtual College Fair

This is an amazing resource for students, families, and counselors to chat live with admissions officers, virtually visit colleges, and attend virtual college fairs. There are a wealth of presentations and printable resources ranging from scholarships to financial aid to the college search process. www.collegeweeklive.com

Free ACT and SAT Test Prep

These websites contain current information on college admissions tests dates, an explanation of material covered on the tests, and resources for free test preparation.


Test Optional Colleges

For more information about test optional schools, this is a great website that has some amazing articles that contest the validity of standardized testing as well as posts a complete and current list of over 815 four year colleges and universities that are test optional.

Reciprocity & Exchange Programs New Mexico-Colorado Tuition Reciprocity Agreement

Eligible Colorado students may apply to designated institutions of higher education in New Mexico and pay resident tuition rates. Please see the current agreement by clicking here.

  • Oklahoma Scholarships for Non-Resident Tuition

Colorado residents may receive scholarships that include a waiver of a portion of the non-resident tuition at a college or university in Oklahoma. Students should work directly with the institution they want to attend to ensure they meet necessary qualifications.  Assurances for non-resident tuition waivers during a student’s continued enrollment at the institution should be clarified within the scholarship waiver and any questions or concerns should be directed to the institution.

  • Nebraska State & Community Colleges

Western Nebraska Community College offers in-state tuition rates for Colorado residents. For more information, please visit www.wncc.edu and go to financial aid information. Chadron, Peru and Wayne State Colleges have a “non-resident scholars program” that reduces tuition for out-of-state students. Visit their websites and search for “non-resident scholars program.”

  • Student Exchange Programs

Through a state-to-state student exchange program, a student may gain affordable access to institutions in another state.

Several programs are available through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE):

More details are available at the WICHE website.

Western Undergraduate Exchange Site

Gap Year Programs

Recommended Reading

  • Admission Matters by Sally Springer, Jon Reider, and Marion Frances
  • Admission Possible: Getting Into the College of Your Choice by Marjorie Shaevitz
  • College Admission by Robin Mamlet and Christine Vandevelde
  • Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward Fiske
  • College Match by Steven Antonoff
  • Cool Colleges by Donald Asher
  • Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope
  • The College Finder by Steven Antonoff
  • The Complete Book of Colleges by The Princeton Review
  • The Insider's Guide to the Colleges by The Yale Daily News