SOS College Resources


ASSIST is a website that features transfer agreements between two year community colleges and four year colleges and universities in California. Current or prospective community college students can see precisely which classes can be transferred for credit to specific four year institutions. You may find the link to the ASSIST website in our permanent Links section by clicking here.

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Inside the Admissions Office

An extremely informative panel discussion hosted by the Wall Street Journal which features tips from a number of top college admissions experts.

For more information on college admissions, visit

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Student Interviews – Choosing a College

My-U-Search asked current college students about the factors they considered when choosing a college. Also check out their website and their blog for great all purpose search tools!

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ASSIST – A Great Resource for Transfer Students

ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.


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Vocational and Trade Schools

A four-year university is not for everyone. Often, attending a vocational or trade school is a more affordable and practical option for high school graduates entering specific fields. Check out these links below to help you decide whether a vocational or trade school is right for you:

Association for Career and Technical Education

Trade School Database

Trade School vs. College Article

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The Transfer Process

This video provides useful information on how to transfer from a community college to a four-year university. Also check out the following links if you are interested in transferring specifically to a UC or Cal State program:

Transfer from Community College to UC

Transfer from Community College to Cal State

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How to Choose a College

An accessible video introduction on how to choose the college that is right for you.

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Career and College Planning

The following is a student’s guide to career and college planning. Although mainly for students in the Los Angeles County and more emphasis on colleges in California, this guide can get you thinking about life after high school, present different options after/during high school and good general information on the different components to a college application.

Career and College Planning Guide

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The Pathfinder card game is both a prototype for an online game and a fun, educational game itself. The card game focuses on teaching high school students various strategies for both navigating the application process and preparing for the college experience in high school.


The Pathfinder vision is to provide a unique, multiplayer game that opens pathways to college, where none existed before.


Pathfinder’s goal is simple: use games to arouse interest in, inform, and enable high school students to successfully make the journey to and through college.


  • Students in overcrowded high schools often lack access to meaningful college guidance. Without adequate college counseling, many students remain oblivious of their post-secondary options, making applying to and choosing the right college incredibly challenging.
  • Most college-related online resources are passive in nature. Students have access to information about college, but seldom engage with the material beyond reading web pages.
  • Effective college outreach practices do exist, in particular when services are tailored to students’ individual situations. But college preparation programs and school-based college guidance are limited by resources. We need to reach more students. Effective practices should be made accessible to more students.

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