Useful Websites on College Admission

Some of the free resources Tish utilizes in initiating a search are highlighted here. Use this list of Notable Colleges to jump directly to the websites of several dozen colleges.

Rice University developed this comprehensive Resource on College Admissions to assist students in applying to college. 

College XpressMore than 800 lists, which identify different attributes and break down college search in new ways, are a good tool to expand the range of schools under consideration. Find colleges that offer specialized majors, exceptional strength in certain sports, or the most merit aid. Read the School Profiles for even-handed assessments. CollegeXpress is especially useful for transfer applicants because it includes those stats.

The experiences of current college students can resonate forcefully with those just setting out on this journey. Student bloggers on CollegeData have for a decade shared their college search and outcomes, compiling admitted (and rejected) student profiles that are personal and compelling. 

Students can compare their own stats with those posted by the bloggers to assess their chances at a wide range of real colleges and universities and read updates on the students’ college experiences. 

College Navigator, the website of the federal department of education, has abundant data and reliable stats on college selectivity, retention and graduation, although it is not particularly user-friendly. Demographic profiles and stats on campus safety are included, along with average net cost and financial aid. Check out Majors and Programs to see how many degrees were granted by department, a good clue to how institutional resources are allocated.

Federal government's new college search engine, CollegeScoreCard.ed.gov not only includes costs, but information about graduation rates and employment stats, including the salaries of recent graduates, to help students find colleges that will prepare them for a career. College Results Online, with stats updated annually by the Education Trust, is similar.

Research on cost and financial aid is compiled in a format that permits easy comparison of schools. Their emphasis is on student learning in college and assessing how well students are prepared to succeed in careers.

Want lists and rankings? Kiplinger and Forbes rank educational institutions by such metrics as cost, “value,” and average debt at graduation.

Begin exploring the Do-It-Yourself attitude of Michelle Kretzchmar, a statistician who shares her insights on her blog and offers online classes on reducing the cost of college, with this guide to the best free resources for finding and paying for college.

CollegeConsult Santa Barbara