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college countdown: your college success starts here


Why College Countdown?

This way to collegeOur mission at College Countdown is to provide students, parents, and educators with the most innovative programs, from the top college experts, for getting into and succeeding in college.  We’ve tasked ourselves with lifting people’s stress—from selecting a college to test prep, college admissions, and beyond.

What makes College Countdown different from other Internet college search guides is the experience and quality of our experts. As a division of Sourcebooks, Inc., we bring you the best college content from our education division. You will benefit from the unbiased opinions of Edward B. Fiske, the author of the #1 bestselling college guide Fiske Guide to Colleges, the test-taking strategies of Dr. Gary Gruber with his highly successful SAT and ACT test-prep books, and the unique voice of first-year-life expert Harlan Cohen, with his New York Times bestselling off-to-college book, The Naked Roommate

We also offer innovative new web-based college resources such as Fiske Interactive Online and Financial Fit. Fiske Interactive Online is an online version of the Fiske Guide to Colleges that allows you to maintain personalized lists and notes.  Financial Fit is a groundbreaking way to assess what you can afford to pay and borrow for college, develop a list of great colleges that match your affordability, and learn how to best file for and maximize your financial aid.

We have brought together cutting-edge tools and resources from America’s top going-to-college experts from our own and other publishers in order to provide you with the best and most accurate information. College Countdown also features the most useful bookstore for college-bound students.

As the student-to-educator ratio continues to grow and the cost of college education rises exponentially, we are trying to find ways to more directly tailor our experts and their tools to the educators, parents, and students in real need of help. College Countdown is our effort to help make the whole college process easier.

We have broken down the process—selecting colleges that fit you, achieving your best possible test scores, applying to colleges, paying for college without taking on excessive debt, and thriving during your freshman year.

In a word, we want to help.  We are always ready to hear feedback on how we can make our site and our resources better. Please contact us with your comments and suggestions.

Your Privacy Matters

When you shop or do research on College Countdown, you can be assured of your privacy and confidentiality. You may have searched online and found many “free” college and scholarship search tools. However, many of those sites are in the business of selling students’ and parents’ contact information to schools and third-party marketers.

College Countdown will never sell or share your contact information with schools or third-party companies.  You can sign up for emails and use our products knowing that we value your privacy and that we are providing accurate information from the best experts in the college admissions and guidance process.