Choosing a College
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 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.
Why go to college? How do I select the right college for me? How do I pay for college?  There’s so much to learn.  We’re here to help. Check out our college planning guide for prospective college students and their parents.