The College Search

Step one in this process is beginning the search for the colleges/universities to which you will apply.  There are more than 3,000 colleges in the United States.  No doubt there is more than one college that will meet your specific needs and objectives.  The more accurate information you have on the colleges, the better able you are to make the decision of whether or not to apply to the institutions. Students and parents are encouraged to contact the admissions offices of each college which they are considering for specific admissions procedures and selection criteria.  


There are many sources of information available to you in your counseling office. College catalogs and videos, Discover Computerized Program, The College Handbook, The Index of Majors, and The College Cost Book, are readily available in the Counseling Office for student and parent use. Your counselor is available to meet with you and your parents to aid in obtaining information and considering alternatives. Teachers, college students, and alumni are excellent sources of information, not only about the colleges, but also about college life.

Students and their parents are encouraged to contact colleges directly to discuss specific admissions procedures and selection criteria. College representatives often make visits to HHS to meet with students. Their visits can provide you with an excellent opportunity to learn about the colleges in which you are interested. To take advantage of this source of information, listen carefully for announcements of visits and check with your counselor for the dates of upcoming events.

Each fall your high school hosts a college information event. More than one hundred colleges will be represented at this college information program. Plan to attend with your parents so you may gain first-hand information on the colleges you are considering.

The Visit

By far the most valuable source of information for you is the college visit.  Make a visit to each school to which you plan to apply.  If at all possible, plan your visit during the academic year so you are on the campus while students are there and classes are in session.  To make the most of your visit, you might utilize the following suggestions:

  • Take a tour arranged by the admissions office.

  • Walk around the campus to get a feel for the atmosphere and size of the campus.

  • Talk with students to gain information on subjects that are important to you.

  • Visit a class; and if possible, talk with faculty members.

  • Plan a visit to the student center, the snack bar, the library, and the bookstore.

  • Have a meal in the cafeteria.

  • Read the campus newspaper and bulletin boards as means of learning about cultural activities and issues on campus.

Your final list of schools should include at least three:

  • The school that is your reach school. 
  • The school you would be very pleased to attend.
  • The school where you know you will be accepted.

Search Links

College Board Online:
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