The following links will help students and parents as they move through the college search and application process. The list contains some major sites that have helpful information on college searches, financial aid, scholarships, and testing as well as links to other sites.


The Education Conservancy (EC) [] is a non-profit organization committed to improving college admission processes for students, colleges and high schools.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) [http://www.NACAC.COM]


Embark [] College search program that contains comments from students about college life and offers practice tests, on-line applications, and a financial aid estimator.

Cappex [] College search and financial aid information.

GoCollege [] College search, scholarship search, SAT practice tests and campus crime statistics.

CampusTours [] College tours on-line, plus campus maps and web sites.


Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  [] Complete the Application for Federal Student Aid online.

CSS Profile [] The CSS Profile goes into more detail than the FAFSA and gives a more in depth financial picture to the college.
Over 350 institutions and organizations use PROFILE to award their aid funds equitably to the right students at the right time.

fastweb [] A scholarship search program with information on local and federal aid.

FinAid [] Information on scholarships, loans, and all types of financial aid. Includes a college expense calculator to determine financial aid eligibility.

ApplyingTOSchool [] Search for financial aid, college applications, and online degree programs. This site offers transfer, college, graduate school, law school, and career school bound students of all ages’ information and immediate access to information.

FastAid [] A free on-line scholarship database.

FRESCH! [] Scholarship search with information on financial aid, scholarship scams and a comparison of various loan programs.

GoodCall Scholarship Search Engine which is one of the largest databases of scholarships on the web. Unlike the others, GoodCall Scholarship Engine requires no personal information and it’s free to use.

CollegeBoard [] Register for the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid Profile. Many schools require the CSS Profile as part of the financial aid application.


CollegeBoard [] Register for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests

ACT [] On-line registration for the American College Test (ACT) with prep information, a college search program, and financial aid estimator.

FairTest [] Up-to-date source for a listing of colleges and universities that do not require national tests for admissions.

The Princeton Review [] View average SAT and ACT scores of various colleges and compare and contrast the SAT and ACT.


Common Application [] Download the common application and a program to help you fill it out on your computer, or complete the application online and submit electronically. Offers links to obtain most of the required supplements to applications.

All About College [] Links to college web pages with downloadable applications and online submission forms.


Colleges that Change Lives by Loren Pope.  Published in 1996 and revised in 2000, this timeless classic reminds students about the tremendous potential that exists for them if they find the right college match.

College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy From those in charge comes crucial advice for students, parents, counselors, and admission professionals. College admissions can be a sensible and productive experience. The collective wisdom of college presidents and admission deans tells us how.

Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College Sally P. Springer (Author), Jon Reider (Author), Marion R. Franck (Author)

The Fiske Guide This straightforward guide describes the academic climates as well as the social and extracurricular scenes at the “best and most interesting” schools in North America.

The Insider’s Guide to Colleges Reference book by students’ covers topics from admission criteria, and majors to housing, food and social life.

Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges A thoughtful approach to ranking the colleges. Rugg’s advice and comments have appeared in such diverse publications as USA Today, Rolling Stone, College Bound, The Boston Globe, Rocky Mountain News, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, New Jersey Monthly, and Your Money.

  • Creativity Matters Here

    We value creative, independent thought in both our academic and arts classes.

    Creativity Matters Here
  • Community Service

    In addition to Community Service requirements in both the middle and high school, the entire school participates in service days during the year.

    Community Service
    Service Day at The Audubon Society
  • College-prep Academics

    Northwest Academy students write two substantial, college-level thesis projects in their senior year. All juniors and seniors receive college credit through the PSU Challenge Program.

    College-prep Academics
    Senior Thesis Presentation
  • Class Retreats

    Each grade level goes on its own unique retreat that relates to the curriculum.

    Class Retreats
    8th grade science retreat at Mt St. Helens.