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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
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SAT: 720 math
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How can I effectively research colleges?

Hi there, I'm a high school junior, and I'm in the process of researching colleges. I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the information out there. CollegeVine, can you give me some tips on how to effectively research colleges and narrow down my options? I would really appreciate it!

9 months ago

Hey there! I can understand how overwhelming the college search process can be, but don't worry, we've all been there. When my child was going through this, we found it helpful to start by making a list of factors that were important to them. These factors might include things like location, size of the school, available majors and programs, campus culture, financial aid options, and extracurricular activities. Once you have an idea of what you're looking for, you can use college search tools and websites to narrow down your options based on those factors. Some popular websites include College Board's BigFuture, Niche, and College Navigator. You can also check out each college's official website for more information on their programs and offerings. Don't forget to visit the campus if possible, as this can give you a real feel for the atmosphere and help you decide if it's a good fit for you. Additionally, you can reach out to current students or alumni, either through social media or by attending college fairs, to get their perspective on the school and ask any questions you might have. Lastly, it's essential to keep track of your research by organizing your findings in a spreadsheet or document. This will make it much easier to compare and contrast schools as you narrow down your list. Good luck, and I hope this helps!

9 months ago

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