Creating Your College List
Creating your list of colleges where you would like to apply (ergo, where you'd like to attend for four years) is the most important and possibly the trickiest part of the college search process. With over 3,000 4-year colleges is the US and many more in Canada and overseas, how can you know about all these places? What majors, what programs, what type of campus culture? How are the winters? What are the dorms like? How welcoming is the surrounding community? So much to know, so start thinking about your college priorities, and use the tools to help identify places that line up with your interests, your values and your goals. Here are some resources you can and should use:
The place to start when creating your college list...is with you! What are your interests? What about long-term goals? Please refer back to the "Researching Careers, Majors and Colleges" tab. Then, dive into:
Xello - this is the tool La Jolla High School uses to help students and families research colleges.
College Board's Big Future College Search tool - https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search can be terrifically helpful because is calls out some priorities such as type of school, size, location, majors offered - you put in your preferences and how important they are to you (whether they are "Must Have", "Want" or "Don't Care") and this tracker will spit out schools which match your criteria.
Other resources to help you find schools which interest you are plentiful. Check out some of these from Dr. Steven Antonoff:
And please check out this presentation about creating your college list that I did in 2019...the information is still relevant!