Tweet If you’re a junior or senior in high school, one of your goals is likely to find the right college. If you’ve started looking, you know there’s an overwhelming amount of information out there. It’s like looking at a mountain you have no idea how to climb. If that sounds like you, you’re not alone. Most high school students don’t know how to research colleges or where to find the best college information. In fact, they often don’t even know what to look for. All understandable, as no one actually teaches you how to research colleges. What You’ll Learn in this Post My goal for this post is to show you how to research colleges so you can find schools that are right for you. I’ll help you identify the information you need and then I’ll show you exactly how and where to find it. To start, I’m assuming you have a list of colleges you want to research. If you need help creating a list, click here for my post on How to Find Colleges – Starting the College Search Okay, let’s get started. Researching colleges is really a two-step process. Step 1: Identifying what you want in a college – This will guide your research. Step 2: Finding out whether a college has what you want – This is where you actually do your research. Below is a process that will help you identify your college needs and show you resources that will make your research productive and fast.
Tweet Most college-bound students and their parents start the college planning process with a combination of anticipation and fear. However, the fear and stress that come with “What do I do?” often overshadow the excitement of going to college and starting a new chapter in life. This fear is normal. It accompanies an understandable lack of knowledge of the details you’ll need for finding, applying to, getting into, and paying for college. After all, at no time in your life did someone stop and say, “This is how it’s done.” For most, college planning becomes an endless struggle to find out what you need to do and hoping you don’t find out too late…or even worse, not at all. Well, today I want to try and remedy that situation, at least at the big-picture level. In this post I want to talk to you about what the college planning process includes and, hopefully, provide you with enough information to lower your stress level.