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How Do We Build A College List?

March 18, 2023

Building a college list can be a challenging and complex process, but there are several steps that students can take to make it more manageable. The first step is to identify what factors are most important in selecting a college. This could include factors like location, size, academic programs, campus culture, cost, and career opportunities. By understanding what matters most to them, students can begin to research and evaluate colleges that fit their criteria. They can use resources like college search websites, guidebooks, and college fairs to gather information about different colleges and compare them based on their preferences.

Once students have identified several colleges of interest, they should conduct further research and evaluate each college based on additional factors like admission requirements, financial aid and scholarships, retention rates and students graduating in four years. Creating a Google spreadsheet will help students evaluate and compare each school according to the factors they consider important. They can also seek advice and guidance from their high school counselors, teachers, parents and college consultants to gain further insights and perspectives on different colleges. Ultimately, the goal is to build a balanced list of colleges that includes a mix of reach, match, and probable schools that reflect the student’s academic and personal profile, as well as their goals and aspirations for the future. By taking a systematic and thoughtful approach to building a college list, students can increase their chances of finding the right fit for their college experience and achieving their academic and personal goals.