Maybe you’ve just begun thinking about colleges. Or maybe you’ve already put together a list of potential schools that all look good for different reasons! How do you research and compare colleges to find the best fit for you?
These seven sources for information have become the standard for most college-bound students. Here’s how to use them.
College websites and brochures aren't exactly objective , but you’ll get a good picture of a school’s academic offerings and admissions requirements. Look these materials over, but don’t make any decisions based solely on what you read or see.
No one knows colleges and universities better than the students who currently attend them. Talk to real students when you go on college visits about what they like and don’t like about their schools. It doesn’t get any more direct and honest than this.
Our own Best Colleges is a great narrative guide based on real student quotes about their colleges (and you can always look at other guides for good second opinions!).
There’s a lot of help out there. Our college search helps you find and compare schools, based on criteria like location, size, majors, sports, and admission test scores. Use our online college profiles to dig into useful information about tuition and financial aid, campus life, the student body, and more.
Ranking lists provide an excellent starting point for researching different schools and can even introduce you to new ones. Our college ranking lists cover a range of topics that applicants might want to know about—academics, financial aid, campus amenities, the student body's political leanings, race/class interaction, LGBTQ community acceptance, social life, and much more.
Unfiltered feedback from all kinds of sources is exciting! And requires a few grains of salt.
Conversations with your college counselor about what’s important to you will help guide your overall college search. When it comes time apply, you’ll review the requirements together and strategize for your best application.
And that’s just the beginning! Learn more about narrowing your college list to dream, match, and safety schools.
Are you looking for strategic college advice based on your personality and goals? Our College Counselors will help you find, apply, and get accepted to your dream school.