The team at College MatchPoint has developed a set of tools and resources to help students and families successfully navigate the college admissions process. We are committed to helping all students thrive in their selected college, and the first step is reducing the stress of the admissions process for students and parents alike.

With that in mind, we've used our team's expertise—developed over years of working with students, parents, and college admissions officers—to create a library of free resources that you can use as you navigate the college journey.

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Guide to Applying to the University of Texas at Austin

Each year, more than 50,000 students apply to the flagship of the University of Texas system. Our guide covers all requiredessays, as well as providing detailed information on the expanded resume, letters of recommendation, and evaluating fit-to-major and honors programs.


Guide to Engagement In High School: The i4 Framework

The most successful college applicants have engaged in activities that are based on their interests, aptitudes, and motivations. This guide presents our i4 framework and walks you through how your student can optimize their interest, involvement, initiative, and impact to successfully engage during high school and develop into a strong college applicant.


Guide To Highly Selective Colleges

Applying to a highly selective college can be daunting, but if your student has their heart set on one, there are some guidelines they can follow to help them stand out from the crowd. This guide discusses what highly selective colleges look for in students, how to achieve "depth" in activities, and the importance of having a specific application strategy for the most selective schools.


Guide To Campus Tours

Touring colleges can be a great way to get a feel for what a specific school is like, but because these visits are brief, it's crucial to go into them prepared. In this guide, we provide a college tour checklist, a list of not-to-be-missed campus destinations, and tips for making the most of your college visits. With this guide in hand, you can focus on taking advantage of this special time together with your student.


Guide To Demonstrated Interest

Demonstrated interest is the degree to which you show a college that you are sincerely interested in attending their school. It has become an important, subtle tool that colleges use to efficiently and accurately enroll a specific target number of students each year. This guide offers tips on showing demonstrated interest no matter your personality type, and we provide some examples of emails and conversation starters to use with admissions representatives.


Guide to Informational Interviews

This worksheet will help your student prepare for their informational interviews. It offers space to jot down potential questions and provides structure for taking notes during the interviews and following up after.


Guide to Summer Planning

For many of today's college-bound high school students, the summer is no longer nine weeks of total relaxation, but rather an opportunity to spend time actively working, learning new skills, or diving deeper into an area (or areas) of interest. This complete guide to summer planning walks you through the various types of summer opportunities—from volunteer work to independent projects, and everything in between—and offers tips for how your student can take their involvement up a notch during the summer.