Hopefully you started your college search by the time you read these words. Maybe you visited a friend at college, attended a college football game, or drove around a college campus on your way to visit distant relatives. Your impressions of that college or university will help you has you go through your own personal search for the right school for you. If you haven't started your search yet, there is no better time than now.
Below are links to many excellent college search websites to gather information on your college options. Best wishes for your successful college search!
College Search Websites
Associated Colleges of the Midwest
A consortium of 14 independent liberal arts colleges in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Association of American Medical Colleges
The AAMC represents the 132 accredited M.D.-granting US medical schools and the 17 accredited Canadian medical schools. Guidance on how to navigate pre-med to residency programs is available here.
Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design
AICID is a consortium of 35 leading art schools in the United States. This website provides information about studying art at the college level, degree programs available, application process and financial aid.
Beauty Schools - www.beautyschoolsdirectory.com
Catholic College Admission Association
The National Association of Catholic College Admissions provides a searchable database to view profiles of each member institution.A diverse group of public and private colleges and universities that provide a unique, new platform to apply to college. Over 90 colleges and universities are current members.
The Common Application is accepted by over 400 colleges and universities. Apply electronically.
The American Association of Community Colleges website includes a college finder link to access information about CC's throughout the U.S.
College Board - Big Future
Explore college and career options. Prepare for entrance exams and learn about financial aid.
College search, admissions, financial aid information and more.
College Results Online
Compare colleges by the numbers including admit rates, cost, endowment, graduation rates, student loan debt, etc.
US Dept of Education website with an extensive, although incomplete, list of public and private colleges and universities in the US. Provides information on graduation rates, average annual costs, student body demographics, and more.
Colleges That Change Lives
Loren Pope, author of Colleges That Change Lives, offers insight into 40 excellent liberal arts colleges and universities from 24 states and with enrollments ranging from 350 to 4,000 students. Learn more at this website.
The National Center for Educational Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences and the U.S. Department of Education provide this searchable database for colleges and universities. For a list of accredited HBCU schools, go to https://nces.ed.gov/COLLEGENAVIGATOR/?s=all&sp=4&pg=1.
This site provides brief sketches of thousands of colleges and universities including campus life, costs, and financial aid opportunities. Includes an interactive map that users can click on to find a list of colleges and universities in any state. Also includes listings of Catholic colleges, Historically Black colleges, women's colleges and two-year colleges.
A searchable college database with resources for scholarships and financial aid. Search by major, geographic location, setting, cost and other criteria to find the "right " college.
Colleges in the U.K. - UCAS
Learn about higher education opportunities in the U.K. and how to apply at this comprehensive site.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education
List of top 100 Colleges that confer the most degrees to minority students.
Dramatics - College Theatre Directory
Searchable database with information about more than 270 college theatre programs.
Green Colleges Guide
Profiles of 332 institutions of higher education that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainablity are published in this guide by The Princeton Review.
Hillel - The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life provides opportunities for Jewish students at more than 500 colleges and universities to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity through its global network of regional centers, campus Foundations and Hillel student organizations.
Historically Black Colleges & Universities
Access information on our nation's historically black colleges & universities. For a more complete list of accredited HBCU schools, go to https://nces.ed.gov/COLLEGENAVIGATOR/?s=all&sp=4&pg=1.
Jesuit Colleges and Universities
Search for Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Link to and request application forms.
Michigan Colleges Alliance
Founded in 1949, Michigan Colleges Alliance (formerly Michigan Colleges Foundation) is a collective of 14 excellent independent colleges and universities located throughout Michigan.
Michigan College Guide
Links to Michigan's public and private colleges and universities.
Michigan Transfer Network
The Michigan Transfer Network allows students, advisers, and the general public to view transfer course equivalencies between many Michigan colleges and universities.
If you have decided to go to college but don't know what your major will be, mymajors.com will help you explore the academic disciplines and careers that fit your interests.
National Catholic College Admission Association
Search for Catholic Colleges and Universities by name, region, size, campus setting, and majors.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing provides links to college programs in the U.S., a professional nursing network and career services.
Information on colleges, universities, distance learning and financial aid for students and parents.
Physical Therapy Programs (DPT)
American Physical Therapy Association provides information on all accredited programs in the United States, including admission requirements, graduation rates, and costs. A doctoral degree (DPT) is now required in order to be licensed to practice.
The Princeton Review
Information on colleges, universities, majors and more for students and parents.
University and College Accountability Network (U-CAN)
U-CAN is sponsored by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, representing approximately 950 institutions. This resource provides college and university profiles including admissions, enrollment, academics, student demographics, majors, transfer policy, accreditation, faculty information, class size, costs, housing, student life and campus safety in an easy to read format. Good for comparing many private college/university options.
What Will They Learn?
A guide to what college rankings don’t tell you. Provided by The American Council of Trustees and Alumni, this website focuses on the core education requirements of English composition, literature, foreign language, US government or history, economics, mathematics and science at over 700 institutions. You can find what they expect their graduates to study outside their majors, how much they are charging, how many of their students graduate, and what the colleges say about the education they offer.
The value of a liberal arts education:
"It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college. He can learn them from books. The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not learning many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks." – Albert Einstein