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Searching for a College

Colleges are located in big cities, suburbs, and small towns throughout the country. There are two basic types of post-secondary education institutions; four-year colleges and universities, and community, technical, and junior colleges. Find out what your needs and talents are.

• Why do you want to go to college?
• What do you hope to achieve in college?
• Do you have some idea of what you want to study or for which job you want to prepare?
• Do you want to live at home or go away to school?
• Do you prefer an urban, suburban, or rural environment?
• Would you be happier in a small college or at a large university?
• Find out what the nature of the education is that is being offered; college philosophy, how long it takes to complete a program, what is the institution’s career advising & placement services.
• Look into admissions requirements and financial aid. You can call the Federal Student Financial Aid Information Center toll-free to find out if a particular college is an eligible institution. The number is 1-800-4FED-AID.

Follow the steps:
• Search – This involves building a preliminary school list that will grow and shrink and grow again as you move through the other steps
• Explore – Gather as much information as you can about the schools you added to your list during the search phase.
• Compare – Do a side-by-side evaluation of the schools on your list to narrow down your choices. You might even find that you want to go back to the beginning and Search for some more schools to explore.

Check out these web sites to search for colleges:
http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
http://www.collegeatlas.org