With more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States and applications due in December or January, choosing the right school can seem difficult, daunting—darn near impossible. Have you considered every option? Are your child’s academic record and extracurricular accomplishments a good fit? With the following websites, the selection process can be, dare we say, fun?
The site asks for the basic info—high school, test scores, grades, and activities—then takes it further by allowing kids to connect to their Facebook profiles. By doing this, AcceptEdge gets a deeper understanding of the child’s personality before suggesting possible matches. Results are based on data collected about students already attending. See how you stack up, what your chances are of getting in and even how small changes to your test scores or GPA can affect the results.
The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review’s Best Fit College Search takes students’ scores and GPA, family background, extracurricular activities, and a variety of other information to deliver a list of appropriate schools. It also features the popular College Rankings section, in which students can discover the top 20 colleges in such categories as financial aid, best professors, and prettiest campus, as ranked by122,000 students at 371 colleges.
At College Confidential, students can search for colleges by major or location, read articles about choosing and paying for college, or discuss the process on some of the Web’s busiest forums. Be sure to check out the "College Visits" section for reviews of recent on-site visits. And if you have questions, you can "Ask the Dean" for a personal response.