When we here at U. Magazine started getting press releases on a daily basis from new web sites geared to us college students, we weren't sure which ones were worth telling you about and which ones were just corporate America's way of getting us to fork over more cash. So we decided to check 'em out to find out which sites were worth bookmarking. We wnet to students all around the country to help us root out and judge the best sites. The criteria? We won't give you our secret ranking formula, but we will say that the sites had to be useful to college students and specifically geared to students. And even though we may spend more time downloading MP3s and searching for stuff on Yahoo than doing our homework, we didn't include sites like that because they aren't college specific. So, here, after hours of clicking, clicking and more clicking is our first annual list of the top 100 web sites for college students. Of course, we admit that we may have missed your fave, and if we did, tell us about it at email@example.com and maybe we'll include it in next year's list.
Cliffs Notes Homepage
Have a paper due tomorrow, but haven't read the book? Download from more than 230 titles of Cliffs Notes. "Where was this web site when I needed it my first two years in college?!" - Doug Kocher, U. of Cincinnati
Look out, Cliffs Notes. You've got some new competition. Plot summaries,
Look for lecture notes from schools around the country or become a lecture notetaker yourself.
When you just can't make it to class, log on to this site for lecture notes and info on thousands of topics, or check out notes from some of the most respected courses in the nation.
Find out which lecture notes from your campus are available and see how students rate them.
No gimmicks here--the site looks like a college-oriented search engine. But don't let that fool you . . . the site offers info on finance, sex and love, housing and jobs that is both insightful and useful. -
The graphics are great, the site is easy to navigate and the links include everything from career help and resume tips to sports and music. It's all you need in one compact site.
The Inside Guide
With about 50 colleges on its roster so far, this 100% student-driven site which launched in July 1999 lets you express your viewpoint on everything from your school's professors and politics to music and the local nightclub scene.
"Get the inside scoop on classes and grading. Want to know if your professor gives a lot of A's? This is the site." - Kirstin Pesola, Loyola Marymount U.
Click here for discounts, auctions, personals and a real feel for the college community. "This site has categories that aren't offered at other college sites, like religion, technology, politics and a gay and lesbian link." - Kirstin Pesola, Loyola Marymount U.
Get the 411 on everything from academics to drinking games.
Discounts from local merchants and stories from campus papers around the nation.
Read articles about all aspects of campus life, then check out the student auction page.
See what other students have to say about campus life, sex, entertainment, academics and more. Or say it yourself by contributing to this student-written site.
A game engine that lets you win prizes just for studying your textbooks. Travel center, career center and a reference desk with links to more than 700 college libraries and newspapers nationwide.
The Greek Pages
Greeks will love this collection of fraternity and sorority homepages from more than 800 college campuses.
Students in a crunch to turn in term papers will find oodles of research reports divided by subject area that can be downloaded at the very last minute to "aid" in the writing process. "This site is a good reference point for ideas for papers." - Doug Kocher, U. of Cincinnati
Academic Research Groupwww.academicresearch.com
This site offers a fairly wide selection of topics, and "they also accept 'donations' if you want to give them any of your top-notch essays to peddle." - Kelly Murcoh-Kitt, Wake Forest U.
"Buy stock essays for $19.95, have them compile a personalized one for you or use the paper editing service to perfect your own, original papers." - Kelly Murcoh-Kitt, Wake Forest U.
Use this site to edit and write cover letters, resumes, term papers and admissions essays. Will soon offer a translation service to convert papers into other languages. Prices vary from $20.00 to several hundred dollars. "They have many examples of essays and how their editing service would work to improve them." - Kelly Murcoh-Kitt, Wake Forest U.
Check out workshops and tips to help you write those essays for grad school applications. You can also get e-mail reminders about important test and application deadlines and newly-released essay questions, for a price, of course.
Fill out their comprehensive client questionnaire, and let them help you write or rewrite your essays using the answers and personal information you have supplied. One thing though - it's pricey.
#1 Free Stuff
Forget about discounts, we're talking FREE! Find out who's giving away soap, toothpaste, even lingerie.
This site gives out points for cash, coupons, certificates and free long distance just for clicking on web sites.
The Student Saver
Save money, win free stuff. What could be better?
thinking about transferring schools? Now, you can make a bid as to how much money you're willing to pay per academic year and see if a college will accept the bid.
National Day of Silence Project
"This is a great way for people to have a visible, intensely moving event on campus that really gets a message across. This site has all the basics of how to get Day of Silence to work on your campus." - Alexei Othenin-Girard, U. of California, Berkeley
National Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Student Caucus
Lots of really good links and contact info for gay students.
!OutProud!, National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth
Tons of info, message boards, school resources, links and more for queer youth.
Programs in Gender and Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Studies at Universities in the U.S. & Canada
Links to college sites that address LGBT issues.
Get the latest sports scores and updates from college campuses all over the country.
The premier site for chat about college sports.
Buy or trade tickets for colleges sporting events.
College Sports News
All college sports news all the time.
Total College Sports Network
Get stats, scores, conference info and team merchandise.
"The authority for grad-school research. Provides a roadmap for the entire application process." - Oswaldo Rossi, U. of Miami
"Get the 411 on all aspects of grad school from national ranking to financial aid issues." - Oswaldo Rossi, U. of Miami
4 Graduate Schools
The one-stop site to grad school that answers all the questions an applicant can conceive. Easy to navigate, and maintained for the sole benefit of the student."
The perfect starting point for the future M.D.
Don't just dream about your spring vacation, go ahead and book it on this site.
4 Spring Break
This site offers information about favorite vacation locales, as well as tips on how to find the best price on travel and accomodation. Chat rooms and travel tips are also available.
This site describes and details spring break trips to places like Cancun and Acapulco. It also provides links to make planning the trip that much easier.
Excellent student travel resource offering reduced airfares, rail passes and accommodations. Students can also purchase International Student ID cards and travel equipment from the site. Also includes special sections for "easy vacations," studying abroad and working abroad.
Surf and Sun Tours
If you're looking for a spring break getaway, visit here for all-inclusive package deals.
"This sight provides the prospective employer with your updated profile, while offering an array of opportunities at the click of a mouse." - Oswaldo Rossi, U. of Miami
Very user-friendly sight with a 'keyword' search option taking the grunt out of job searching.
Easy to navigate, student-friendly sight that does the job. -
The perfect sight for those searching any seasonal employment from the Black Diamond runs in the West to the junior campsites of the Carolinas.
Campus Career Center
This sight provides message boards domestically and abroad, allowing the applicants profile a greater reach and visibility.
"This comprehensive site assumes that you are starting the job process with no prior knowledge, which is very helpful." - Danielle Firetag, U. of Maryland
The Job Resource
Post your resume, search for jobs by region or category or be linked to other useful career sites.
Campus Career Center
Its like attending a job fair - only better.
Prospective entrepenuers should check out this site before going into business.
With one of these pre-paid Internet cash cards, you can shop online without worrying about spending more than you can pay for. "Finally a site that makes sense." - David M. Konopka, Syracuse U.
Rebate site where it pays to be a shopaholic.
Shop 'til you drop for dorm furniture, pagers and magazine subscriptions in this online catalog.
E-commerce site gives college students the best-in-market value on products from brand name companies like Microsoft, AT&T, Citibank and Sony so students can make smart purchasing decisions. "The discounts are deep the advice is solid and it's all strictly for students." - David M. Konopka, Syracuse U.
A new website of a satirical news magazine for college students. The site also serves as an info source about free goodies and ways to earn cash and to make students laugh out loud.
All the news you won't find in your campus paper. You'll bust a gut reading this newspaper parody.
Chuckle at this ongoing web-parody about a no-talent college rock band. "Hey it's those guys with beards that smell bad and live in communes just off-campus, I know them. This site takes mocking Phish to a whole new level." - David M. Konopka, Syracuse U.
Curious about how much crime there is on your campus? Take a look at any of 500 college campuses' current crime stats. There's also a list of services for victims of campus crimes.
Buy or sell stuff to the highest bidder at your school or at other schools around the nation. A new site, this auction will be even better once more students know about it.
Scholarship Resource Network Express
This search engine database of private scholarships produces a huge list of potential scholarships instantly, and it's free.
Financial Aid Search Throughout the Web
This site offers a free scholarship search along with other resources for college students, from application advice to online textbook company links.
2001 Colleges and Scholarships
Students who are still in the application stage will probably get the most out of this site, but the links to free scholarship searches are great for everyone.
"The calculator feature on this site is a great tool for figuring out exactly how much you will need in scholarships." - Bridget Coila, U. of Cincinnati
Federal Government Grants and Loans
See this site before you go wait in line at the financial aid office. This site will answer most of your questions and you can even apply for financial aid online. - Bridget Coila, U. of Cincinnati
This is financial aid 101 for all of us who don't know anything about financial aid or getting a loan - simple to understand, and thorough.
Sallie Mae Foundation
You can actually process loans on this site, which has areas for transfer students, new students and parents.
Nellie Mae Foundation
Pre-qualifies you for a student loan in 10 minutes and recommends a loan suited to your needs. You can also check on the status of a loan.
The College Board
Mostly geared to the pre-college crowd, this site does give you up-to-date news on things affecting your college finances, like tuition increases.
The Dorm Store
The 2K way of furnishing a dorm room. From storage stuff to inflatable sofas and bedding, this site has it all. Free shipping on all items. One drawback: the site's a little costly, but convenience is expensive! "This is an extremely useful page for freshmen." - Kameron Flynn, Northwestern U.
Started by five students from Stanford U., UC Berkeley, Pomona and Wellesley, this site offers funky furniture and accessories for the ultimate dorm experience.
Come here for beanbag chairs, lava lamps, posters and all your dorm-decorating needs.
When your tummy's growling and you need some grub, check out this site for local restaurants, easy recipes and your school's cafeteria offerings. This site launched recently so it isn't very robust yet, but should be soon.
Shipping is free when you buy new or used textbooks. "A sleek look, a low-price guarantee against other online textbook sellers, and free shipping for orders $35 and up make this my favorite online textbook retailer." - Matt Sedensky, New York U.
online textbook seller
Home to three million items, ecampus.com is definitely worth a visit
Find out if a textbook is in stock by looking up your classes at more than 200 colleges. Search by your school, pay a flat $4.95 shipping rate, and get your books in a guaranteed one to three business days.
Even hard-to-find and out-of-print books are available from this seller of new and used textbooks, plus there's a book buyback feature so you may be able to dump those clunky books once you're done with them.
They have the required reading lists for classes from hundreds of colleges so you can look up your textbooks by school and class.
"This site is excellent! It's the perfect resource for the college student who isn't sure where to turn for online textbook shopping. Return and bookmark!" - Matt Sedensky, New York U.
Wires college students from all over the world together online where they interact with each other and the outside world
Finally, find out what college students really do all day long. You may be surprised.
Here and Now
A 24/7 live Internet video broadcast of real students.
The Institute of International Education
Anyone considering a year of study in another country should check out this list of resources.
"Wanna turn the tables and give your profs a grade? Rate your teachers or read ratings from fellow students. The comment box allows more room to elaborate on how stellar or sucky the professor is." - Terry Tang, UCLA
"Anonymous prof reviews are broken down into cut-and-dried ratings of 1 to 5 for friendliness, difficulty and over-all quality. To counteract any vengeful students, the site automatically rejects any libelous remarks." - Terry Tang, UCLA
Heat Collegiate Internet Gaming League
Play Quake 2 with student teams at more than 500 colleges for a chance to win up to $30,000 in cash and prizes, plus a $5,000 scholarship - just for playing video games.
Back to School Now
When you just don't feel like hitting the student store for all those notebooks and pens, go to this virtual store of school supplies.
If you're looking for discounts on school supplies, this site lists occasional special deals only listed on the site.
High School Alumni
Sure, your college buds are cool, but do you ever wish you could find that high school friend you lost touch with? Users register under their high school's page and year of graduation, making it easy for fellow graduates to find each other.
Ruminations on College Life
A funny look at life as a college student, this site can keep anyone laughing for hours. Run by Aaron Karo, a junior at the U. of Pennsylvania, Ruminations is his monthly e-newsletter which is now sent to over 10,000 people. [See related article.]
If you're all fired up about a cause, check out this listing of protest events nationwide created by Hampshire College junior Evan Henshaw-Plath.
The Daily Jolt
Two Amherst U. students give the real low-down on all the news that didn't fit in the regular campus paper, like everything from classes to cafeteria reviews.
The Twinkies Project
www.twinkiesproject.com.V The best site on the Internet is the Twinkies Project about Rice U.'s experiments using Twinkies. This is not my opinion, it is a fact. It is completely and totally undeniable and his been scientifically proven several times. - Anonymous
The Oracle of Bacon at Virginia
A computerized version of the "Kevin Bacon Game," this Web site is hosted by the computer science dept. at the U. of Virginia. Users type in an actor's name and in seconds a link between that person and Kevin Bacon is made. It's fast, unstumpable and a great way to procrastinate writing a paper.
Get the top stories from campus newspapers from around the country.
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Get college news updates from coast to coast.
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Special thanks go to all the students who helped us nominate and judge the sites, including Doug Kocher, U. of Cincinnati; Kirstin Pesola, Loyola Marymount U.; Kelly Murcoh-Kitt, Wake Forest U.; Alexei Othenin-Girard, U. of California, Berkeley; Oswaldo Rossi, U. of Miami; Danielle Firetag, U. of Maryland; David M. Konopka, Syracuse U.; Bridget Coila, U. of Cincinnati; Kameron Flynn, Northwestern U.; Matt Sedensky, New York U.; Terry Tang, UCLA.
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