One of the first steps in the college-preparation process is choosing the right college for you. The following information will guide you through seven steps for selecting a school.
Step 1: Identify Your Criteria
First, determine your college selection priorities
to learn about types of schools, costs, and other things to consider.
As you start the college-search process, gather information about jobs in your field of study. The Occupational Outlook Handbook
describes a wide array of professions and trades, their working conditions, training and education needs, earnings, and employment prospects.
Step 2: Explore Your Options
You can choose from a wide range of postsecondary education options. Research your college options
to learn about the different higher education programs. One option to consider is online higher education
Step 3: Estimate Future College Costs
Before searching for colleges, estimate your college costs with the College Cost Calculator
Step 4: Search for Schools
Now that you have considered several factors for selecting a school, you can begin comparing schools with the College Navigator
Step 5: Narrow Your Choices
Many students begin their college search with a list of as many as 10 to 20 schools. To help you narrow your list to a manageable number, take a look at Narrowing Your 'Apply-to' List
, as well as pointers to help you when on College Tours.
Step 6: Learn the Process
Ready to start the college-application process? Before you fill out your first admissions application, check out the information in Understanding the Process