Researching Colleges and Universities
Begin planning for college your freshman year:
- Research college admissions high school course requirements
- Meet with your counselor to map out a personalized high school course plan
- Talk with your parents about how you’ll finance your college plans and begin researching financial aid opportunities
- Use the College and Career Center website and the College and Career Center as a resource and guide
- Research college majors: Searching majors for UCs and CSUs
There are many things to consider when choosing the college/university for you:
- Major – Is your major/subject of interest available at this college?
- Location - Do I want to be close to or far away from home?
- Cost – Research cost to live at college town as well as cost of tuition. Work out a budget.
- Size – Consider class size and size of total student population.
- Housing – What sort of on-campus housing is available to students?
- Financial Aid – Does this college offer sufficient financial aid or scholarships opportunities?
- Campus Life – Is this a social campus, commuter campus, quiet campus?
- Reputation – Is the college accredited and trustworthy? What do other students say about this college?
Researching Colleges and Universities:
- Check out the catalogs and college guide books available in the BV College and Career Center
- Visiting the BV College and Career website
- Talking with your counselor
- Visiting the web sites of the colleges in which you have an interest and taking a virtual tour
- Attending presentations by college representatives visiting BV
- Attending the many college information sessions and college fairs that take place in the Sacramento area
- Visiting the campuses during their Open House and Preview Days (especially during your junior and senior years)
- Checking the student bulletin, the Flash, and the CCC web page for announcements regarding visiting college reps, information sessions, preview days, etc...
Create a list of colleges/universities that would work for you:
- Reach - Your test score are below average for this school, but are close. This includes elite schools like Stanford, Duke, Harvard etc…
- Target – School you really want to attend and your stats (test scores, GPA) meet their requirements.
- Safety – You have above average scores for this school and would be very likely to get in.
Biggest question to ask yourself: Will I be happy here?
Helpful websites include:
BigFuture.collegeboard.org Similar to our Naviance program. This website has information will help you with information about selecting a college, financial aid, researching careers/majors and more.
www.californiacolleges.edu admission requirements, compare/explore colleges, financial aid info, and more for private and public colleges and universities in California.
www.nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ - US government site that allows future students to evaluate and compare institutions’ prices, financial aid, enrollment fees and academic disciplines.
www.QuestBridge.org QuestBridge is a powerful platform bridging the nation's brightest, under-served youth and leading institutions of higher education and further opportunities.
gocollege,com - locate appropriate schools by matching test results and other variables
www.ncaa.org The National Collegiate Athletic Association website.
www.ecampustours.com – virtual college tours