What Are Strategies for Collecting Information on Colleges?

With thousands of postsecondary schools to choose from, prospective students need to develop strategies for collecting information on colleges, universities and technical schools. This article shows you how to streamline the process by narrowing your search to the colleges that meet your needs.

Searching for Colleges

The first step is to determine what you want to study and, if location is a concern, where you want to study. Now you can begin collecting information on colleges. Many college search sites are available online. Two websites that offer unbiased information are College Navigator, the official college search site of the U.S. Department of Education, and CollegeBoard.com. On both sites, you enter specific search criteria in numerous categories, such as state, degree, type of school, tuition, total enrollment, housing, athletics and so forth. The search engine returns a list that you can save or, on College Navigator, import to a spreadsheet.

Important Facts About Colleges

Degrees Narrow your focus based on the degree you wish to follow
Programs Review the available programs. Ensure the college offers the program you wish to pursue
Online Availability Many colleges today offer the convenience and flexibility of obtaining your degree online.
Possible Careers Review colleges which provide degrees toward the career path you desire

Collecting Information

Continue to narrow down your list of potential colleges by visiting each school's website. Search each site's financial aid area for scholarships and grants. See if the available activities line up with your interests. Sign up for newsletters or blog feeds for those schools that appeal to you. If possible, talk to or e-mail alumni for personal perspectives on the college.

Visiting Potential Colleges

Once you've narrowed your search to a few schools, make plans to visit them. Make appointments with admissions officers and key instructors in your major. Make a list of all the questions you want to ask. If you know any current college students, talk to them about what they wish they had asked when they met with college officials. When you visit the campus, try to attend a few classes to get a feel for the learning environment. You can probably also visit the dorms, student center, and library. By the time you've finished your campus tours, you should have a clear idea of which schools will be receiving your application.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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Popular Schools

  • American University

    American University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at American University:

    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • Georgetown University

    Georgetown University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Georgetown University:

    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • Concordia University Portland

    Concordia University Portland responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Concordia University Portland:

    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • The George Washington University

    The George Washington University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at The George Washington University:

    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees

    Online Programs Available

  • Independence University

    Independence University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Independence University:

    • Bachelor Degrees
    • Associate Programs

    Online Programs Available

  • Seton Hall University

    Seton Hall University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Seton Hall University:

    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • Tulane University

    Tulane University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Tulane University:

    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • New England College

    New England College responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at New England College:

    • Bachelor Degrees
    • Associate Programs

    Online Programs Available

  • Strayer University

    Strayer University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Strayer University:

    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees
    • Associate Programs
    • Certificates

    Online Programs Available

  • Colorado State University Global

    Colorado State University Global responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Colorado State University Global:

    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees
    • Certificates

    Online Programs Available

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