What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
Loading…
UCLA
Loading…
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
1.0
4.0
SAT: 720 math
200
800
| 800 verbal
200
800

Extracurriculars

Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

Can anyone provide tips on researching universities?

Hi everyone! I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the college options out there. What strategies or resources have you found helpful when researching different universities? Any tips would be much appreciated. Thanks!

9 months ago

Hello! It's completely normal to feel overwhelmed when starting your college search. There are, indeed, so many options. Here are some tips that should help you in researching different universities:

1. Determine your priorities: Before you start researching, have a clear idea of what you're looking for in a college. Factors to consider can be location, size, majors offered, extracurricular opportunities, and financial aid availability.

2. College search engines & websites: There are several comprehensive websites like CollegeVine, BigFuture, or Cappex that help you learn about and compare colleges based on your priorities. These websites often include student reviews and detailed information which can be helpful.

3. Virtual tours & college fairs: Many universities offer virtual tours on their websites, and you can also attend virtual college fairs to get a feel for different schools. This is a great way to gather information without physically visiting campuses.

4. Talk to current students or alumni: Reach out to people you know who attend or have attended the universities you're considering. They can provide valuable insights into campus life, academics, and other important aspects.

5. College visits (if possible): Finally, if you have the opportunity, visiting colleges in person can provide a unique perspective that online resources can't match. You'll be able to experience the campus atmosphere and potentially meet with admissions officers, professors, and students.

Don't worry- over time, you'll become more confident in your college search. Good luck!

9 months ago

About CollegeVine’s Expert FAQ

CollegeVine’s Q&A seeks to offer informed perspectives on commonly asked admissions questions. Every answer is refined and validated by our team of admissions experts to ensure it resonates with trusted knowledge in the field.