Researching colleges: Where do I start??

choosing a collegeWe often hear from students who are overwhelmed by the idea of starting their college search. Not to worry! There are lots of resources to help you find which schools will be the very best fit for you.

•    Start with the people who know you best. Ask your family, teachers, high school counselor, and any other advisors/mentors for advice. They know you well and may have suggestions of schools where they think you may thrive.
•    Look beyond brand names. There are so many colleges and universities to choose from. Participating in a major online college fair like All Access Day is a great way to start learning about all sorts of schools.
•    Fill out your online profile. Once your profile at CollegeWeekLive is updated, you’ll start seeing recommended schools when you log in.
•    Search by category. There are lots of events where you can explore categories of schools, such as STEM/Health Sciences Day, California Colleges Day, and Big 10 Virtual College Fair. Check the CollegeWeekLive calendar for upcoming online events.
•    Do more than the standard campus tour. Once you’ve made a list of schools you’d like to visit in person, chat with the admissions reps before you arrive on campus to find out what opportunities there are to learn more about the school. You might be able to sit in on a class, spend the night at dorm, or have coffee with a current student or two.
•    Schedule admissions interviews. These interviews are an opportunity both for the school to get to know you – and for you to get to know if they’re the right fit for you.

Start your college search. Colleges and universities are waiting to chat with you online!