WAYS TO RESEARCH COLLEGES
Researching colleges is a time-consuming, but worthwhile process. Talk to counselors, flip through college profile books, search the internet, and so on. The more you learn about an assortment of colleges, the more discerning your selection of colleges, and the more likely you will be to succeed.
A handful of high schools employ full-time college counselors. Other schools rely on general guidance counselors to provide this service. Find out what sort of college guidance is available at your school. Schedule a time to meet with the counselor. Be prepared for your meeting with an idea of what you’re looking for in a college. If the guidance counselor provides useful advice, continue to consult with him as you develop your list of colleges. If your meeting with the college counselor doesn’t work
out so well, don’t throw up your arms in despair. Even if the college guidance at your school is excellent, it is unlikely that an accurate list of candidate schools will simply fall into your lap. Fortunately, there are vast print and internet resources out there for you to utilize.
College Profile Books
There are a number of major companies who make it their business to accurately portray colleges for college-bound high school students. Books abound that profile the “Best 350 Colleges,” “100 Great Schools at Great Prices,” and so on. In these books, oneor two pages are devoted to each college. The profiles, though brief, are enough to give you the gist of a school. Disregard those that sound terrible and dog-ear those that catch your eye. College profile books are a fantastic place to start your search. Ifyou spend a few hours flipping through one of these books you’ll undoubtedly find a number of schools that interest you. And there, just like that, you’ll have made progress.
There are a few profile books out there that are based on college athletics alone. These books miss the fundamental point: college is most importantly an academic and social experience. You should select a college for its overall merits, not just because a book says that the school has a good sports team.
IDENTIFYING CANDIDATE SCHOOLS
Type “college search” into any internet search engine, and you will find endless resources to help you identify candidate schools.
There are, of course, thousands of individual college websites. You should surf schools’ websites once you’ve really begun to narrow down the field—otherwise you’ll be at it forever. There are also sites that briefly profile a number of colleges—the electronic version of the aforementioned profile books.
A number of excellent websites ask you a bunch of questions and then produce a list of schools that meet your criteria. Utilize any tool like this that helps you narrow the field.At times, the volume of information on the internet is overwhelming, which is a strong argument for starting with a profile book or a tool like CaptainU Search, where the information is packaged in small, easy-to-access parcels.
COLLECT CONTACT INFO
Once you’ve found ten colleges that are right for you, use the web to collect the contact information for each school and its team. For each college, staple a single sheet of paper with the following information to a file folder.
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