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Use our Advanced College Search to find colleges in a range of states or regions that you are considering. Select any additional preferences such as tuition range, campus size, and student population to refine your results. You must select at least one state to get results.

About Your College Search

Searching for colleges can be tough. Providing advice for new students can also be hard, because each student will value different things in their college choice. We recommend asking for advice from friends, family and teachers, searching for colleges and then visiting colleges.

When you start searching for schools, it may be hard to know which things you will appreciate most in a college or university. Talk with someone who has been to college — a teacher, an older sibling, or a friend's older sibling to get a better understanding. Ask them about experiences they had when searching for colleges. They will have the first-hand experience that can help your search. For example, they may have already visited or been to the schools you have been looking at on paper, they will have a better grasp about what amenities colleges offer, and what mattered to them while in school. Lastly, ask what factors were most important to them in their final college choice — this will surely help you get started in the right direction.

If you can't talk to someone about his or her college choice, plan a visit and get the first-hand experience yourself! Even if you are not planning to attend a local school, it might be a wise idea to visit a few. Why? As you are just starting your college search, you may not have a grasp on the criteria that you are looking for in a school, and a local college (that isn't too far away) is a great way to get started. By visiting a big and small schools you can get a feel about what a college with 30,000 students looks like in comparison to 3,000 — even if you think you would like one better than the other, you may be surprised to find the specific benefits of each.

Planning a college visit will mean asking your parents, your friend with a car, or finding the time yourself to drive out (or take public transportation) to a few choice schools. If you get research together beforehand, you may even be able to stay the night with a current student at the college. Once your trip is planned, read this resource about the financial aid questions you should ask before you apply, and how to request information you need before your visit!

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Our college search tools will help you find the right school. You'll find detailed information about each school's admissions requirements, tuition expenses and more. You'll even find student reviews. By creating a free account, you can save a list of schools you are considering and easily share them with friends, family or guidance counselors.

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