• College Search

Planning your College Search

collegesearchWhere and How to Start:

  • Begin by taking your own personal inventory. You can make the best use of your time by knowing what you are looking for in a college.
  • What college-related considerations are most important to you and why? Here are some, but not all, of the factors you might want to consider: location, academic programs, student diversity, social life, sports programs/ activities, job. Graduate school placement record, size, internships, facilities, reputation, class size, student/ faculty ration, family tradition, and scholarship/ financial aid.
  • Write down your own list of what is important to you with the most important item at the top.
  • Update and review your list regularly and make adjustments as your priorities change.

This sheet can give you some guidelines for searching for colleges.

Sources for Information about Colleges and Universities:

  • Personal sources: school counselors, teachers, family, graduates, friends
  • National Publications and magazines as well as websites
  • Collegeboard website
  • College Publications: websites, viewbooks, catalogs, videos, program descriptions, financial aid brochures
  • School Visits and College nights
  • Individual college representatives – including their visits to WKHS

Websites that can assist with the college search:


If you know that you plan on transferring from your initial college, these websites may provide helpful transfer information for planning.

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