College Search Engines

Not sure where you want to go to college? Here are several college search engines that will help you find schools that match what you are looking for in a post-secondary option. Before you get started, try to identify what you are looking for in terms of the following:

College Search Engines

Not sure where you want to go to college? Here are several college search engines that will help you find schools that match what you are looking for in a post-secondary option. Before you get started, try to identify what you are looking for in terms of the following:

  1. Preparation: What are the entrance requirements to get into that particular school. Do you have those requirements met? Is there an ACT/SAT cut score?
  2. Place: How far are you looking to get away from home? How far are your parents willing to let you get away from home? Do you want urban, rural, or suburban? Is it a two-year or four-year college or university?
  3. People: How competitive do you want your college? How diverse do you want your college? Do you feel comfortable with the student population?
  4. Programs: Do they offer the courses/degree that you are pursuing? Do they have internships and job placement opportunities?
  5. Publications and PC's: How well has the college moved into the 21st century? Do they offer online classes, wireless hot spots on campus, online textbook rental, online registration, etc.
  6. Price: What is the total cost of attendance? What scholarship opportunities exist for you? Are there talent-based scholarships?
  7. Perks: Athletic partication, ROTC programs, study abroad, honors programs, clubs and organizations, transfer credits/AP/CE acceptance rates, internships and job placement, etc.

Once you start looking at options, here are some of the search engines that can help you find a match.

BridgeU (http://www.bridgeu.com) is a powerful university and careers guidance platform for global schools is available to all CMIS students. After opting in, BridgeU will send an email activation so you can create your own account.

CollegeBoard (http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/adv_typeofschool.isp) is the company that designs the SAT, PSAT and AP coursework. The search engine begins with 3842 colleges and starts to narrow down the choices based on what students want from the college or uniersity.

Collegedata.com (http://www.collegedata.com/) has a great search engine that not only searches for schools with the students program of study in mind, but alsocompares it with other schools offereing the same program.

Campus Tours (www.campustours.com) is a database of virtual college tours from across several different countries. Although it is not a substitute for actually physically visiting the campus, it can be beneficial for students who just want to get a feel for the layout of a particular school.

Search by Major (http://www.petersons.com/college-search.aspx) by using Peterson's database. This search can allow you to find schools that offer your major; but also can share what requirements are needed to gain acceptance or compete for admissions.