The Real College Guide

Whether you’re a newbie to the college campus scene or have one foot out the door (or dorm), really smart students take advantage of all the resources available to them.

From savvy studying to kicking that future career into gear, these sites will help guide you toward a successful -- and promising -- future.

College Textbooks

AbeBooks.com

Books for sale from thousands of booksellers at up to 50 percent savings

BetterWorld Books.com

Bargain prices on new and used books; every purchase helps fund global literacy

BigWords.com

Compares textbook prices for you to track down the best deals possible

BookByte.com

Save up to 90 percent on new and used books, with the option to sell back the books for cash

Chegg.com

Ranked the No. 1 place to rent textbooks online; also gives the option to purchase discounted books

ECampus.com

Lets you rent, buy and sell textbooks, plus provides e-book technology

Half.com

This “textbook superstore” is affiliated with eBay

ThriftBooks.com

Cheap used books “saved from landfills”; free shipping on U.S. orders

Internships / Part-Time Employment

InternInc.com

Create a profile and connect with mentors, organizations and employers while applying for internships

InternshipPrograms.com

Career advice and paid full-time or part-time internship opportunities for undergrads

InternshipRatings.com

Want to know what life is really like behind closed doors? Past interns share their experiences in various industries around the country

OneDayOneInternship.com

A peek at a different company daily, offering pointers on how to land a possible experience at the organization, with background info and search tips

SummerJobs.com

Earn extra cash when school’s out of session. Browse part-time employment opportunities in a city near you

JOBS AND CAREERS

CampusCareerCenter.com

A site for college students and graduates searching for entry-level, seasonal or internship opportunities

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSDonline.org)

A national professional association dedicated to helping students and recent grads with disabilities find jobs

CareerRookie.com/cc/default.aspx

Entry-level, part-time and internship opportunities for those just getting started, plus advice on all things pertaining to a first job

CollegeCentral.com

Career advice and tricks for helping students and recent grads land that first entry-level position

CollegeGrad.com

An online entry-level job search site specifically for college students and recent graduates

CollegeRecuiter.com

Geared toward college students and recent grads seeking employment, continuing education or business opportunities

Experience.com

An online recruiting and career management network for alumni and college students at various universities around the country

GetThatGig.com

Internship and job opportunities at a slew of fun companies and hard-to-find gigs. Plus, get a peek into various cool careers with “day in the life” interviews

HonorRollOnline.com

Career advice and job opportunities for students and graduates of “America’s best small schools”

Idealist.org

For those interested in working in nonprofit, thousands of postings for job, internship and volunteer opportunities

Monster College (College.monster.com)

Filled with entry-level postings, internship opps, resume tips, interviewing advice and other career advice

Student Jobs (USAjobs.gov/studentjobs)

Federal government career opportunities for students and recent grads

United States Department of Labor (DOL.gov)

From wages to personal rights, everything you should know before entering the workforce

College Scholarships

FastWeb.com

Search this database of over 1.3 million scholarships to help score much-needed money for school

FinAid.org

A detailed guide to the different types of scholarships, loans and financial aid out there for college students

NextStudent.com

Filled with financial aid tools and a scholarship search engine

ScholarshipExperts.com

A service that provides tailored scholarship search results

Zinch.com

Complete a profile and be matched with the scholarships out there best-suited for you

STUDY HELP

AsapTutor.com

For college students seeking help in math, accounting, science, statistics, economics and essay writing

BuddySchool.com

One-on-one online tutoring

Cramster.com

Free online homework help for college and high school students in everything from trigonometry to writing

EverNote.com

Capture notes and thoughts, then access them later on all of your computer and mobile devices

GradeFix.com

An online homework planner that will help create the perfect study schedule for you

SmarThinking.com

An online tutoring service that provides on-demand assistance

STUDY ABROAD/TRAVEL

BackpackEurope.com

Everything you need to know for touring Europe on foot -- on a budget!

CEA Global Education (GoWithCEA.com)

Study abroad programs in 14 countries and 24 cities across the globe

Contiki.com

International tour programs for individuals, ages 18 to 35

EF Educational Tours (EFTours.com)

International travel programs for teachers and students

GoAbroad.com

Internship, study, volunteer and job opportunities around the globe

Global Student Experience (GSEabroad.com)

Information on study abroad programs in Europe, Australia and South America

PremierTrav.com

A travel agency specializing in student and international travel

Projects-Abroad.org

Volunteer project and internship opportunities in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America

STAtravel.com

Travel deals for students and teachers

StudentUniverse.com

Online travel agency for U.S. students

StudyAbroad.com

Info on volunteer and academic programs all over the world, from Zimbabwe to Albania

TransitionsAbroad.com

Loaded with informative articles about work, travel and studying abroad

iTravelosophy.com

Cheap student fares, focusing on travel in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia

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