Sources of Information on Colleges
There are many sources of information about colleges. The Internet, alumni, and guidebooks are just some of the many avenues by which students and families can gather information about colleges and universities. By beginning the research process early in the junior year, students and families can alleviate much of the stress associated with this process and often can make more appropriate applications to institutions that will fit with a student’s interests, strengths, involvements, and personality. It is never too early to begin researching colleges (i.e.: freshman and sophomore years). Even casual visits to college campuses as part of a family vacation can initiate interest and spark excitement in the process. While Web sites and guidebooks are helpful resources, nothing can replace visiting colleges in person. This is the best method of investigating colleges and universities.
We encourage students to apply to five to eight schools of varying selectivity, with the goal of having multiple options in the spring. Students should limit their lists to 15 colleges.
We recommend that students begin their college research early with the help of the following: