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These websites will assist you in thinking through your choices about college. Some of the sites also contain other useful information about test preparation, financial aid, and links to qualitative campus information.

  • - University and College Accountability Network provides concise, user-friendly online information for comparing individual private colleges and universities.
  • - National Center for Education Statistics enables you to build an online list of schools for side-by-side comparisons, to save your search criteria for using or editing later, and to export your search results into a spreadsheet.
  • - CollegeInSight from Institute for College Access and Success web site is a source of campus-level data on student income, race and ethnicity, and student loan usage. You can use the tools to look at the profile of a college, and to compare profiles of colleges.
  • - CollegeBoard College Search contains information from 3,800+ colleges and allows you either to find colleges that meet your needs, or to explore a school already familiar to you.
  • - Peterson's Planner includes a number of search tools to help you find the right school, gather information about specific programs, contact admissions officials, excel on tests, and pay for college.
  • - provides search tools for exploring colleges and careers, planning and paying for college, meeting admission and transfer requirements for schools in California.
  • - The Center for Post-Secondary Research at Indiana University annually conducts a National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) in which college students at over 1,200 colleges and universities are asked about their learning and personal development experiences while enrolled in college. While some colleges provide the survey information on their websites, comparing institutions has been difficult because NSSE has left it up to the participating colleges to decide whether to share the survey findings with the public. Due to collaboration between USA Today, NSSE, and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), a searchable database of key NSSE indicators for 245 colleges and universities is available.
  • - National Collegiate Honors Council provides a list of Honors Colleges located at larger public and private universities. The goal of the colleges is to give top students enriched resources and opportunities within the larger university setting. At many universities, this includes special housing, priority registration, extra consideration for merit scholarships, and other benefits such as special opportunities for internships and research projects. Another important benefit of many programs, however, is access to smaller classes and a stronger sense of community within the large university setting.
  • - Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) schools belong to a group of 40 colleges and universities — two public and 38 private from 24 states and with enrollments ranging from 350 to 4,000 — each of which is unique in its own right. Education writer Loren Pope describes these schools as sharing "two essential elements: a familial sense of communal enterprise that gets students heavily involved in cooperative rather than competitive learning, and a faculty of scholars devoted to helping young people develop their powers, mentors who often become their valued friends".
  • - Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning (CIEL) schools put innovation and experimentation at the core of their mission, organization, and everyday work. Member institutions have histories and practices indicating a willingness to take risks and take leadership positions in higher education in order to advance their practice beyond campus borders.
  • - Western Undergraduated Exchange (WEU) Program provides information about the WUE program in which students in Western states may enroll in participating institutions of higher education as a reduced tuition level.
  • - What Will They Learn? provides information about which colleges emphasize general education for undergraduates to learn basic knowledge and skills by requiring the study of core subjects.
  • California Career Center your career planning website with tools to help you map your future, whether looking ahead to college, apprenticeship, the military or other options.


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