How can I find the college that is right for me?
Where do you begin to look for the college you want to attend? An online search might be your easiest and most convenient starting place. If you have an idea of search criteria for your school such as location, public or private environment or even specific discipline specialty, your search might be easy. However for those individuals that aren’t tied to a specific set of criteria for their school, there are many online resources to help you begin. To follow are just a couple of the college search Web sites available to help you narrow your choices.
http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ - College Search tool available from the U.S. Department of Education allowing you to refine your search according to criteria, build a list of favorite schools, pinpoint school locations via an interactive map, export search results into a spreadsheet or even save your session for a later date.
http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/index.jsp - Offers an automated college matchmaker tool of 3,800+ schools in the U.S. You can search by location, majors, tuition costs and more.
http://cnsearch.collegenet.com/cgi-bin/CN/index - Offers keyword search and custom advanced search options for colleges and universities across the nation.
These are just a few of the online tools available to help you choose the college you want to attend. In addition to online searches, you might research institutions within your high school guidance counselor’s office or career planning division. Or perhaps you have peers; friends or family members who can help guide your college decisions. Utilize all of the resources available to you and make the most informed decision you can. Then you’ll be on the road to success in higher education and your career.
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