Gather information about colleges you're considering
After you've looked at the types of schools available to you and examined the characteristics to consider when choosing a school, it's time to begin gathering information to find out which schools meet your personal goals and needs.
- Get an overview of your choices.
- Get more details of the different choices available to you.
- Narrow your focus by identifying schools that have most of the characteristics you selected as important.
- Develop a short list of schools.
- Your first list of schools may be pretty large: 20 - 30.
- By gathering more information and deciding for yourself which school characteristics are most important, you can narrow the list even further to your top four to 10.
- Find out more about the schools on your short list.
- Visit the school's website or write to their admission offices for applications, catalogs, admission requirements, costs of attendance, financial aid, housing, and any other information they may have.
- Plan to visit the schools, if you can, and ask to meet with an admission counselor.
- Use the school's net price calculator to help estimate your cost to attend.
- Narrow your list to two to four schools.