College Planning Resources

College Planning Resources

Career Cruising

The Renton School District uses Career Cruising, a web-based career & college exploration program, to support Washington's High School and Beyond Plan.

Career Cruising offers tools for finding the right career for you, information on colleges/universities, and an online portfolio that can be used to store your college and career research. You can also request electronic transcripts through Career Cruising. See your high school Career Center for site log-in, student passwords and other questions about Career Cruising. Go to Career Cruising now!


The BigFuture is a free, comprehensive resource that improves the college planning experience for students and families.  

BigFuture by the College Board guides all students through the college planning process, making it easier and less overwhelming.  The step-by-step approach demystifies college planning, particularly for those students who are the first generation in their families to attend college.  
Big Future Website

Career Bridge

Career Bridge is Washington's one-stop source for career and education planning.

Career Bridge is Washington's one-stop source for career and education planning.

1.    Explore Careers--See how your talents align with a career by taking a quiz.
2.    View Job Trends--Next, discover if a career is growing and how much it pays.
3.    Find Education--Finally, search nearly 6,000 education programs to find locations and costs, whether students got jobs, what industries they went to work in, and how much they were paid. 

With Career Bridge, you'll also discover:

•    Average earnings and employment outlook for each career.
•    Hot jobs for the future - projected openings per year in Washington State through 2018.
•    What you'll need to learn to get those jobs.
•    How to pay for your education.

Visit the CareerBridge website

WA Career Paths

What's Your Career Action Plan?  WA Career Paths brings the best resources in Washington to your fingertips!  

•    Find a career that's compatible with you - Take a survey to match your personality, interests, and skills
•    Make a plan - Get a Jump start in High School
•    Apprenticeship Advantage - There's a program for you!
•    Resources for Financial Aid
•    Resources for finding your next job

WA Career Paths Website


Puget Sound College and Career Network 

PSCCN offers a wide variety of financial aid information as well as getting ready for college checklists. Visit their website to get the checklists and learn more about the FAFSA/WASFA, College Bound Scholarships, financial aid deadlines, and more.

College Transition Checklists
PSCCN Website


Can't decide which test you should take?

Read more about the SAT & ACT, or see a side by side comparison of the two tests.
For more information on minimum standards for College admission see your College and Career Specialist.

Washington Community Colleges and Technical Colleges

A-Z Index of Washington's Community and Technical colleges


Common App

Explore hundreds of colleges and universities using Common App

Coalition for College

A diverse group of more than 150 colleges and universities came together forming The Coalition to help make going to college a reality for all high school students by providing free online college planning tools! 

Common Black College Application

Apply to 56 HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) around the nation at the same time!

Work Colleges

An exceptional group of liberal arts institutions that engage their students in meaningful work, learning, and service while they are attending college. 

Colleges That Change Lives

Search college profiles, learn about college admission and information events, get tools to help you decide the college that fits you best. 

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