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Finding a College

It's most likely the first big decision you'll have to make -- that's why finding a college that's right for you is a big deal! Choosing a college starts with thinking about the type of student you are, what you want to study, and what type of college experience you'd like to have. Then you'll have to start exploring various colleges to see which ones appeal to you. Get some tips and advice on finding a college, then get started on your college research.

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College Research Helps Ease Tough Decisions

Choosing the right college is perhaps the most important choice you'll have to make thus far, and it's solid, old-fashioned college research that will help you choose the right one. Conducting college research begins with some self-exploration.

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Fuel Your College Search

When it comes to your college search, where do you begin? These experts offer up their helpful tips.

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Going Away to College: Is It For You?

Find out why going away to college is valuable from someone who's been there and done that.

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College: Should You Go for It?

When it comess to going to college, many challenges await you -- but you can overcome them by following what this student did.

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How to Conduct a College Search

No matter what point you're at in your college search, use every college reference tool that's available to you...

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Make Your College Search Easier by Focusing on Universities by State

By researching colleges by state, you'll find that your college search become easier and less time-consuming.

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So Many Choices -- How to Pick? Turn to a College Directory

With the school daze of what to choose, where to apply, where to attend, use a college directory to make the process easier.

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Get a Head Start on Your Search for Colleges

There are a variety of things to consider when you begin your college search. Read on to find out what they are!

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Myths About Private Colleges and Universities Dispelled

Learn the truth about the benefits of attending private colleges and universities.

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Popular Colleges Aren't Always Winners: How to Find the Top College for You

Popular universities and colleges may not be the best fit for you -- learn what to look for when deciding upon the top college for you.

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Early Decision or Early Action: Which Is Best for You?

Will applying Early Decision or Early Action increase your chances of admission?

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Find Excitement in Finding your College

Let finding your college thrill you instead of scare you.

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Conduct a Comprehensive College Search By Location

Make sure all your bases are covered when you conduct a college search by location.

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College Statistics The Cold Hard Facts

Narrow down your university search with college statistics.

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Resources Galore Exist for College Bounders

So you're ready to begin the overwhelming task of researching colleges? While there are dozens of ways to go about gathering information, stick to these three ways and it'll be smooth sailing.

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Make Your Search for College Easier: Here's How...

There are dozens of ways to find college information, but these three are tried and true.

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The Right Fit at Four Year Colleges

Four year colleges offer the traditional education that is perfect for many academic pursuits.

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Tech Explosion

Find out how the latest technology can be your ticket to staying on top of your game in college.

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How to Choose a College

How can you possibly decide where to go to school with all the academic factors, financial considerations, and personal criteria? Perhaps some student insight into how to choose a college will help...

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Cyber U

Online learning is becoming more and more popular these days as more people want to go to college on their own time.

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Choosing a College Made Easier

Get the help you need in choosing a college.

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Coming Out and Getting In: What LGBT Teens Should Look For in a College

For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, picking a college has a set of complications most teens need to never think about. If you do, check out our article on gay college students.

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Ivy League Schools Versus State Schools

What are the major differences between Ivy League schools and state schools, and which one is right for you?

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Judging a College by its Web Site

Should you do your college research via the internet?

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From the Campus Tour Experts at Penn State

College tour guides at Penn State give advice on campus tours, and why they are important in your decision-making process.

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Admissions Office Q&A: When Parents and Students Don't Agree

Lisa Meyer, dean of admissions at the University of LaVerne, discusses how you and your parents can reach an agreement about what college to attend.

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Admissions Office Q&A: Deciding Where to Apply

Cherie Andrade, the associate director of admissions at Hawaii Pacific University, discusses how to decide where to apply to college.

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Second Choices Aren't Always Second-Rate

The dreaded thin envelope I received from NYU was only the beginning of what would be a life-changing journey. I had to reevaluate both my commitment to film and the benefits of a broader college education. And, as with any college admissions letdown, it helped to realize that I wasn't alone...

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Can you Compete with the Elite?

Are you aiming too high or low with your college applications? Officials and students weigh in on the college competition and how to choose the right school.

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8 Things Not to Consider When Choosing a College

Everybody talks about what to consider when choosing a college, but how about what NOT to consider?

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Top 5 College Decision Mistakes

Choosing a college for the first time is tough for even the most prepared student. Start by avoiding these 5 college decision mistakes.

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What College Rankings Won't Tell You

College rankings are not necessarily the best means of choosing a college. Higher-education consultant Paul Boyer says that college rankings showcase but a few schools when many others are left out. Read more to find out why.

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College-Athletes and College Choices

If you're an aspiring college-athlete, here's what you should consider when choosing what school to attend....

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How to Choose Your College

Read one college student's advice on choosing the right college...

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How Connected Is This Campus?

What makes a college wired, and what makes it a wannabe? Here are some easy tips for figuring out how tech-savvy your prospective college really is.

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The SIZE Question: Does It Really Matter?

Warning: A wrong decision could result in small-school suffocation or large-school 'lost-in-the-crowd' syndrome...

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The Truth About College Rankings

When it comes to choosing the right college, many students look at numbers for reasons more important than how many people voted for a new music video. But are these rankings truly more sophisticated than simple popularity contests?

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Admissions Office Q&A: Waitlists and Getting to Know Your College

College experts and officials discuss how to handle being on a waitlist, as well as the best ways to learn more about your prospective college.

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Confused about College Stuff? Then Make the Most of Your Guidance Counselor

OK, so you think your guidance counselor's only job is to write college recommendations and help you select next year's classes? Think again. Here's what some guidance counselors are doing to go above and beyond your college prep process...

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Juniors: Let the College Research Begin

Not to scare you, but as a junior, you've got lots to accomplish this year. Perhaps the biggest task, however, is thinking hard about and getting started with college research.

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A New Way to Choose Your School

Don't just head to the bookstore or newsstand for you college research. Thanks to College Results Online, you can compare a school's stats to similar institutions with the simple click of the mouse.

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Look Inside to Find the Best Colleges for You

Here's a little secret you don't usually learn until after you make your college decisions: The best colleges out there are the ones that are best for you. Sounds trite, but it's true.

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Mulling Over Mottos of Top Colleges and Universities

Most of the nation's top colleges and universities' mottos will tell you where their school began, but little about where they are today.

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5 Reasons to Consider City Colleges

Everyone knows the city is sexy. But do you know all the unique opportunities city colleges afford?

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Dealing with a Disability in College

A learning disability may seem like a bump in the road to college, but with the proper approach, you too can succeed and get your degree.

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College Rankings for the Rest of Us

If you're part of an underrepresented racial, interest, or other group, wide-scale college rankings may not target your specific needs. Consider these college ranking systems to help you narrow your search.

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Turn Your College Search Upside Down

Finding a college can be a lot like finding a boyfriend or girlfriend. As you begin your college search, start by thinking about all the things you don't want in a school.

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HBCUs Not Right For You?

This article will explore the some of the issues and criticisms Black students may face in deciding to attend a predominately white college or university over a Historically Black College or University.

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Search for Colleges That Satisfy

No doubt you want your college experience to be a successful one. What you might not realize is that the road to success begins as early as your search for colleges and universities. Check out these results from the 2007 National Survey of Student Engagement, and see what we mean....

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Why College Rankings May As Well Be Etched in Stone (or Ivy)

Where are we getting our definition of success? If we're taking our cue from some black-and-white numbers that have been inked on the page since before time began (well, almost), maybe it's time for a second look.

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LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index: Using Technology to find a Gay-Friendly College

The LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index, the only online resource of its kind, is specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and ally youth and their families. Find a gay-friendly college or university online.

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Your Summer To-Do List

Two and half months full of summer fun in the sun -- we here at the CollegeBound Network want you to enjoy it, but we also don't want you to forget the things you can do to prepare for college in the meantime. Here's a short list of what next fall's class of high school juniors and seniors should be doing this season...

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5 College Ranking Categories We Would Like to See

A college's acceptance and graduation rates may be worth knowing, but there are some other college ranking categories we'd really like to see. You probably won't make your college decision based on these rankings, but they'd sure be fun to know, wouldn't they?

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Families Face Fierce Competition for Student Aid: Season Starts with Sharp Increase in Demand

The student financial aid season started January 1, and early indications are that competition for the estimated $144 billion of federal, state, and institutional aid is likely to be fierce in the 2009-10 academic year.

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9 Reasons to Choose Fair Weather Colleges

Cold, rainy weather might not be a college-decision deal-breaker, but if you're like the majority of future college students, sunny skies definitely make their way onto your wish list. And that's not a bad thing.

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