Hi guys, I'm a high school junior and I'm starting to research colleges, but I'm not sure where to begin. I know there are a lot of resources out there, but I'm not sure which ones are the most helpful. Can anyone recommend some resources for researching colleges that they found particularly useful? Thank you!
Hi there! It's great that you're starting your college research early. When my child was in your shoes, we found several resources to be quite helpful. To start, check out websites like College Board's BigFuture (bigfuture.collegeboard.org) and the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard (collegescorecard.ed.gov). These sites provide a wealth of information on colleges, including admission statistics, financial aid, and more.
Another useful resource is the Fiske Guide to Colleges, a comprehensive book that offers in-depth profiles of various colleges and universities. Many high school guidance offices have a copy, so you can ask your counselor if they have one available for you to browse.
Additionally, you can take advantage of college fairs in your area, where you can speak to representatives from different schools and gather information. Don't forget to visit college websites and social media pages to get a feel for campus life and culture.
Lastly, if possible, try to visit the colleges you're interested in attending. Campus visits can help you get a better sense of the school's environment and whether it would be a good fit for you.
Good luck with your research and have fun exploring your options!