Students thoughtfully research colleges, attend college representative visits on their high school campuses, and gather information from outside resources, such as friends and family members to help them determine which colleges to apply to.
While it can be a daunting process, it doesn't have to be. There are books and websites to help with the research process.
Here are a few of my favorites:
1. The Colleges That Change Lives is in my opinion, the best book for finding those diamond in the ruff campuses where you truly have a life-changing experience.
2. The Fiske Guide to Colleges The overlaps section is my favorite.
3. College Board's Big Future has many filter options to help you narrow your search.
When determining your college list, it is best to apply to colleges that fit your personal criteria (academic profile (test scores, GPA), location, majors, campus culture, etc.).
What search tools did you (or your child) use to help build your college list? Please share!