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College Search

When exploring colleges, it's important to consider your academic, personal, and professional goals. Please keep these key factors in mind.

College Search

  1. Academic Programs: Does the college or trade school offer programs in your chosen field? Think about things like class sizes, internships, or hands-on learning opportunities

  2. Location: Think about whether you like city, suburb, or country living. Consider stuff like the weather, how far it is from home, things to do for fun, and job or internship chances in the area.

  3. Campus Culture and Community: Make sure to check out the campus culture and community to see if it matches up with what you're into. Think about things like the types of students, campus traditions, clubs, safety, and the support services available.

  4. Size and Setting: Consider whether you'd rather go to a small college or a big university. Think about how the campus size and setting could affect your learning, access to resources, and chances to get involved.

  5. Cost and Financial Aid: Check out the overall cost of college, including tuition, fees, room and board, and other expenses. Look into financial aid, scholarships, grants, and work-study gigs to help with college costs.

  6. Admissions Requirements: Check out the college's admission requirements, like GPA, test scores, and application deadlines. Think about how picky the college is and whether you have a good shot at getting in based on your grades and activities outside of class.

When students think about these things and do research, they can choose the colleges that best fit their needs, preferences, and goals.

College Search Links:

College Board's BigFuture:  BigFuture has this awesome college search tool that lets you narrow down your college options by location, size, majors, cost, and more. Plus, it gives you the lowdown on financial aid, scholarships, and admissions advice.

Cappex: You can use Cappex to find colleges based on what you're interested in, where you want to study, and what activities you're into. It also helps you compare colleges, read student reviews, and estimate scholarship opportunities.

Niche:  Niche has this cool college search tool that lets you narrow down your college options by location, size, acceptance rate, and diversity. You can also check out detailed college profiles with reviews from current and former students.


Transcripts play a crucial role in your academic journey and future opportunities. Here are some points to consider:

  • College Admissions: Colleges and Universities typically require transcripts as part of the admissions process. 
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid: Transcripts may also be required when applying for scholarships and financial aid. 
  • Career Opportunities: Some employers may request transcripts as part of the job application process.

Ordering transcripts through Parchment is a straightforward process.