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With 4,000+ colleges—plus additional training programs—in the U.S. to choose from, how do you find the ones that fit you best? The trick is comparing colleges or training programs based on how each meets your academic, social, and financial needs.
Start by creating a “wish list” based on the factors listed below. Just remember: There is no “right” list. Each student’s needs and goals are different—and that’s okay. So, when comparing colleges or training programs, be sure to focus on what matters most to you and your family’s situation.
TYPE OF SCHOOL: What kind of school best fits your education and career goals—and your family’s financial situation? You can choose from:
CAMPUS ATMOSPHERE, STUDENT LIFE & DIVERSITY:
COST & AFFORDABILITY: What will the school cost you—and can you afford it?
When comparing colleges based on cost, it’s important to focus not on the school’s “sticker price” but on the actual price you will pay to attend. This is called your “net price”—and it’s determined by taking into account your specific financial situation and any grants or scholarships the school can offer to you. Learn more about how financial aid works >
Download our easy-to-use college comparison chart to create your personal wish list.
Use the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator website to search for colleges by type, major, size, location, selectivity, cost, and more.
TIP: Leave search fields that aren’t important to you blank. This will result in a larger list of schools that match the factors that are most important to you.