Researching Colleges Online

Researching Colleges Online

How to start researching colleges and what to look for

20+ years ago when I applied to college, the Internet didn’t exist. We had to research schools at the library using books or send away for brochures. We even had to go to college fairs. Times have changed. You can visit any school in the country without leaving your house and you now have access to almost every particular piece of information you could possibly require on a school. Although you cannot find out what the school is really like socially online, you can get detailed info on housing options, academic programs, enrollment, test scores, social events, clubs, the surrounding area of schools and much more. While it is not a substitute for visiting a school in person, it is a start in the right direction.

What can you find out about a college in 5 minutes? Let’s see…

How many students attend the college? We can’t tell you what size of school to go to. Some students go to small high schools and want to go to a college with 40,000 kids so they can tailgate on Saturdays! Others want to go to a small college where you can walk to every building and get to know many people. Do not dismiss any college because of size before you have had an opportunity to understand how that college operates.

What is the religion of the school? Some people are very religious, others aren’t. The religion of a school can affect the classes you take as many Jesuit schools require students to take more religion classes.

How many students apply, are accepted and enroll each year? You need to get a sense of how competitive a college is because that is ultimately going to determine if you can gain acceptance there. When a college receives 20,000 applications and can only accept 4,000 because 2,000 will enroll, there’s going to be 16,000 students who thought they would be accepted but lost to a numbers game.

Where is the college located? Some colleges are in the middle of nowhere and you need to entertain yourself at the school. Others are plunked down right in the middle of big cities and you have opportunities to get out into the world. You also need to factor in things like safety as well as how you are physically going to get to and home from school each semester.

What majors do they offer? You should go to school to learn something. If you have no idea what you want to do, look at liberal arts schools that teach a wide variety of subjects. If you have your heart set on being an accountant, go to a college that has a strong business and accounting program!

What majors or programs is the school well-known for? Some colleges are well-known for certain majors. Fairfield University has a pretty well-known business program. Bentley University is well-known for their computer science majors. Drexel University is known for their nursing program. Georgetown has a pretty good English program.

What are the living situations? You are going to be living in a dorm for at least 2 or 3 years. Explore what different living options exist and who has access to those. Some schools put freshman in one or two dorms, others spread all the students out.

What are the eating options. Food has improved greatly at college. Some schools have outsourced a lot of their dining services to different chains and most schools are making an effort to have more dining options available for students.

How big (or small) is the campus? Freshman year of college I traveled to Rutgers with my roommate to visit one of his friends for the weekend. We had to take a bus from his dorm to another part of the campus. It wasn’t my thing! I wasn’t a big school guy! I wanted to be able to walk from dorms, to classes to dining halls at my own discretion rather than wait for a bus. To each is own.

What recreational opportunities are there? Colleges have built vast recreational opportunities the last 10+ years in order to attract students. We are talking amazing gyms and rec centers, indoor climbing walls, golf simulators, movie theaters and so on. Since you will be so busy as a college athlete, you won’t have any time for those. Just kidding. Check out what you can do on your down-time at different colleges, especially those where it is going to snow or be cold in the winter.

While this is basic information, it is useful information and gives me a general understanding of what the school offers. Again, this was done with little effort and had I actually been a potential student, hopefully I would have explored the school further by looking at different housing options, majors, social activities and so forth.

The same techniques can and should be used to research different athletic programs by checking out coaches bio’s and backgrounds, team schedules, and most important, the roster. A roster can tell you a great deal about a team. A roster usually reveals two very important elements of a college athletic program. (1) Where the majority of the players are from tells you where the most recruiting is done. (2) A roster also reveals the ages of the players and what the team needs will be for the next few years. If you find a roster with 10 seniors, that will be 10 new spots opening up next year. If you find a roster with 10 freshman and 10 sophomores, that may be a team that will be harder to find playing time in the future. Again, its up to you to find out the details of each team and in most cases this will require you to have a detailed conversation with coaches and simply asking them what their team needs will be next year and in the future. Don’t ever make decisions based solely on a roster you found online. It could be old or outdated, some of the players may have been injured or transferred, or some of them could have quit. Use the roster as a general guide and get the info you need from other players and coaches.


SAT Optional Colleges

SAT Optional Colleges

Check out the hundreds of colleges that do not requires SAT scores when applying

Tired of the SAT test? Here’s a list of colleges that you can apply to without submitting your SAT scores. Schools are organized by State

Name City State
Central Baptist College, Conway AK
Charter College Anchorage AK
Sheldon Jackson College Sitka AK
University of Alaska, Anchorage, Anchorage AK
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Fairbanks AK
University of Alaska, Southeast Juneau AK
American College of Computer and Information Sciences Birmingham AL
Andrew Jackson University Birmingham AL
Columbia Southern University Orange Beach AL
Concordia College Selma AL
Heritage Christian University Florence AL
Herzing College Homewood AL
ITT Technical Institute, Birmingham Birmingham AL
Miles College Fairfield AL
Oakwood University Huntsville AL
Selma University Selma AL
South College Montgomery AL
Stillman College Tuscaloosa AL
Stratford University, Woodbridge Woodbridge AL
Talladega College Talladega AL
Universidad del Este Carolina AL
University of North Alabama Florence AL
Virginia College Birmingham AL
Arkansas Baptist College Little Rock AR
Arkansas State University State University AR
Philander Smith College Little Rock AR
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Fort Smith AR
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock AR
University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello AR
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Pine Bluff AR
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock AR
American Indian College of the Assemblies of God Phoenix AZ
Arizona State University Tempe AZ
Art Center Design College, The Tucson AZ
Art Institute of Phoenix Phoenix AZ
Chaparral College Tuscon AZ
College America, Flagstaff Flagstaff AZ
College America, Phoenix Phoenix AZ
College of the Humanities and Sciences Tempe AZ
Collins College Tempe AZ
DeVry University, Phoenix, Phoenix AZ
Everest College Phoenix Phoenix AZ
Grand Canyon University Phoenix AZ
ITT Technical Institute, Phoenix Phoenix AZ
ITT Technical Institute, Tuscon Tuscon AZ
Northcentral University Prescott AZ
Northern Arizona University Flagstaff AZ
Remington College, Tempe Tempe AZ
University of Advancing Technology Tempe AZ
University of Arizona Tuscon AZ
University of Phoenix Phoenix AZ
Western International University Phoenix AZ
Academy of Art College San Francisco CA
Alliant International University San Diego CA
American Intercontinental University Los Angeles CA
Armstrong University Berkeley CA
Art Center College of Design Pasadena CA
Art Institute of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles CA
Art Institute of California, Orange County Santa Ana CA
Art Institute of California, San Diego San Diego CA
Art Institute of California, San Francisco San Francisco CA
Art Institute of Southern California Laguna Beach CA
Bethany College of the Assemblies of God Scotts Valley CA
Bethesda Christian University Anaheim CA
Brooks Institute of Photography Santa Barbara CA
California College for Health Sciences National City CA
California College of the Arts San Francisco CA
California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco CA
California Institute of the Arts Valencia CA
California Maritime Academy Vallejo CA
California National University for Advanced Studies Northridge CA
Charles R. Drew University: College of Allied Health Los Angeles CA
Cogswell Polytechnical College Sunnyvale CA
Coleman College La Mesa CA
Columbia College: Hollywood Tarzana CA
CSU Bakersfield Bakersfield CA
CSU Channel Islands Camarillo CA
CSU Chico, Chico CA
CSU Dominguez Hills Dominguez Hills CA
CSU East Bay Hayward CA
CSU Fresno Fresno CA
CSU Fullerton Fullerton CA
CSU Long Beach Long Beach CA
CSU Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA
CSU Monterey Bay Seaside CA
CSU Northridge Northridge CA
CSU Sacramento Sacramento CA
CSU San Bernardino San Bernardino CA
CSU San Marcos San Marcos CA
CSU Stanislaus, Stanislaus CA
Design Institute of San Diego San Diego CA
DeVry University, West Hills CA
DeVry University, Freemont, Freemont CA
DeVry University, Long Beach, Long Beach CA
DeVry University, Pomona, Pomona CA
Golden Gate University San Francisco CA
Humboldt State University (CSU) Arcata CA
Humphreys College Stockton CA
Institute of Computer Technology Los Angeles CA
Interior Designers Institute Newport Beach CA
ITT Technical Institute, Anaheim Anaheim CA
ITT Technical Institute, Lathrop Lathrop CA
ITT Technical Institute, Los Angeles Los Angeles CA
ITT Technical Institute, Oxnard Oxnard CA
ITT Technical Institute, Rancho Cordova Rancho Cordova CA
ITT Technical Institute, San Bernardino San Bernardino CA
ITT Technical Institute, Sylmar Sylmar CA
ITT Technical Institute, Torrance Torrance CA
ITT Technical Institute, West Covina West Covina CA
John F. Kennedy University Pleasant Hill CA
Kings College, The Van Nuys CA
La Sierra University Riverside CA
Laguna College of Art and Design Laguna Beach CA
Life Pacific College5 Colorado Springs CO
Colorado Technical University Colorado Springs CO
DeVry University, Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs CO
DeVry University, Denver, Denver CO
Fort Lewis College Durango CO
ITT Technical Institute, Thornton Thornton CO
Johnson & Wales University, Denver Denver CO
Jones International University Centennial CO
Metropolitan State College of Denver Denver CO
Naropa University Boulder CO
Nazarene Bible College Colorado Springs CO
Remington College, Colorado Springs Colorado Springs CO
Remington College, Denver Denver CO
University of Action Learning at Boulder Boulder CO
Westwood College of Technology, Denver Denver CO
Yeshiva Toras Chaim Talmudical Seminary Denver CO
Bais Binyomin Academy Stamford CT
Charter Oak State College Newington CT
Connecticut College New London CT
Fairfield University Fairfield CT
Holy Apostles College and Seminary Cromwell CT
Mitchell College New London CT
Sacred Heart University Fairfield CT
Teikyo University Waterbury CT
Trinity College5 Forest City IA
ITT Technical Institute, Boise Boise ID
Northwest Nazarene College, Nampa ID
University of Idaho Moscow ID
American Academy of Art Chicago IL
Augustana College Rock Island IL
Columbia College Chicago IL
DePaul University Chicago IL
DeVry University, Addison, Addison IL
DeVry University, Chicago, Chicago IL
DeVry University, Tinley Park, Tinley Park IL
East-West University Chicago IL
Harrington College of Design Chicago IL
Illinois College Jacksonville IL
Illinois Institute of Art Schaumburg IL
International Academy of Design and Technology, Chicago Chicago IL
ITT Technical Institute, Chicago Chicago IL
Kendall College Chicago IL
Knox College Galesburg IL
Lake Forest College Lake Forest IL
MacMurray College Jacksonville IL
Midstate College Peoria IL
NAES College Chicago IL
National-Louis University Chicago IL
Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago IL
Robert Morris College Chicago IL
Saint Augustine College Chicago IL
Shimer College Chicago IL
Telshe Yeshiva Chicago IL
The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago Chicago IL
Westwood College of Technology South Woodridge IL
Calumet College of St. Joseph Hammond IN
Davenport University, Merrillville Merrillville IN
Davenport University, South Bend/Mishawaka Granger IN
Earlham College Richmond IN
Indiana State University Terre Haute IN
Indiana University East Richmond IN
International Business College Fort Wayne IN
ITT Technical Institute, Indianapolis Indianapolis IN
Martin University Indianapolis IN
University of Southern Indiana Evansville IN
Benedictine College Atchison KS
Central Christian College McPherson KS
Donnelly College Kansas City KS
Emporia State University Emporia KS
Fort Hays State University Hays KS
Haskell Indian Nations University Lawrence KS
Kansas State University Manhattan KS
Manhattan Christian College Manhattan KS
McPherson College McPherson KS
Ottawa University Ottawa KS
Pittsburg State University Pittsburg KS
University of Kansas Lawrence KS
Washburn University of Topeka Topeka KS
Wichita State University Wichita KS
Clear Creek Baptist Bible College Pineville KY
Eastern Kentucky University Richmond KY
ITT Technical Institute, Louiseville Louisville KY
Lindsey Wilson College Columbia KY
Mid-Continent Baptist Bible College Mayfield KY
Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights KY
Pikeville College Pikeville KY
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green KY
Grambling State University Grambling LA
Grantham College of Engineering Sidell LA
Herzing College New Orleans LA
ITT Technical Institute, Saint Rose Saint Rose LA
Louisiana State University, Shreveport LA
Louisiana State University — Alexandria Alexandria LA
McNeese State University Lake Charles LA
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary New Orleans LA
Nicholls State University Thibodaux LA
Northwestern State University Natchitoches LA
Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond LA
Southern University & A&M College Baton Rouge LA
Southern University – New Orleans New Orleans LA
University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe LA
University of New Orleans New Orleans LA
Anna Maria College Paxton MA
Assumption College Worcester MA
Bard College at Simon’s Rock Great Barrington MA
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Boston MA
Berklee College of Music Boston MA
Boston Architectural College Boston MA
Boston Conservatory Boston MA
Cambridge College Cambridge MA
Clark University Worcester MA
College of the Holy Cross Worcester MA
Fisher College Boston MA
Hampshire College Amherst MA
Longy School of Music Cambridge MA
Merrimack College North Andover MA
Montserrat College of Art Beverly MA
Mount Holyoke College South Hadley MA
New England Conservatory Boston MA
New England Institute of Art and Communication Brookline MA
Newbury College Brookline MA
Nichols College Dudley MA
Smith College Northampton MA
Stonehill College Easton MA
Trinity Lutheran College Issaquah MA
Wheaton Collegeh Norton MA
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester MA
Baltimore Hebrew University Baltimore MD
Baltimore International College Baltimore MD
Goucher College Baltimore MD
Loyola University Maryland Baltimore MD
McDaniel College (Western MD College) Westminster MD
National Labor College Silver Spring MD
Ner Israel Rabbinical College Baltimore MD
Saint John’s College, Annapolis Annapolis MD
Salisbury University Salisbury MD
Sojourner-Douglass College Baltimore MD
University of Maryland University College5 Waterville ME
College of the Atlantic Bar Harbor ME
Maine College of Art Portland ME
New England School of Communications Bangor ME
Unity College Unity ME
University of Maine at Augusta Augusta ME
University of Maine at Farmington Farmington ME
University of Maine at Ft. Kent Ft. Kent ME
University of Maine at Presque Isle Presque Isle ME
Baker College of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills MI
Baker College of Cadillac Cadillac MI
Baker College of Flint Flint MI
Baker College of Mt. Clemens Clinton Township MI
Baker College of Muskegon Muskegon MI
Baker College of Owosso Owosso MI
Baker College of Port Huron Port Huron MI
Cleary University Ypsilanti MI
Davenport University, Alma Alma MI
Davenport University, Bad Axe Bad Axe MI
Davenport University, Battle Creek Battle Creek MI
Davenport University, Bay City Bay City MI
Davenport University, Caro Caro MI
Davenport University, Dearborn Dearborn MI
Davenport University, Flint Flint MI
Davenport University, Gaylord Gaylord MI
Davenport University, Grand Rapids – Fulton St. Grand Rapids MI
Davenport University, Holland Holland MI
Davenport University, Kalamazoo Kalamazoo MI
Davenport University, Lansing Lansing MI
Davenport University, Lapeer Lapeer MI
Davenport University, Main Campus Grand Rapids MI
Davenport University, Midland Midland MI
Davenport University, Romeo Romeo MI
Davenport University, Saginaw Saginaw MI
Davenport University, Traverse City Traverse City MI
Davenport University, Warren Warren MI
Ferris State University Grand Rapids MI
Finlandia University Hancock MI
Grace Bible College Grand Rapids MI
ITT Technical Institute, Arnold Arnold MI
ITT Technical Institute, St. Louis Earth City MI
Lawrence Technological University Southfield MI
Michigan Jewish Institute Oak Park MI
Oakland University, Rochester MI
Olivet College Olivet MI
Sacred Heart Major Seminary Detroit MI
University of Michigan, Flint, Flint MI
Walsh College Troy MI
Wayne State University Detroit MI
Yeshiva Beth Yehuda-Yeshiva Oak Park MI
Academy College Minneapolis MN
Bemidji State University, Bemidji MN
Brown College Mendota Heights MN
Capella University Minneapolis MN
College of Visual Arts St. Paul MN
Dunwoody College of Technology Minneapolis MN
Gustavus Adolphus College St. Peter MN
Metropolitan State University St. Paul MN
Minnesota Bible College Rochester MN
Minnesota State University, Mankato MN
Moorehead State University Moorhead MN
National American University, St. Paul St. Paul MN
Northwestern College Saint Paul MN
Oak Hills Christian College Bemidji MN
Saint Cloud University Saint Cloud MN
Southwest State University, Marshall MN
University of Minnesota, Crookston Crookston MN
University of Minnesota, Duluth, Duluth MN
University of Minnesota, Morris, Morris MN
Baptist Bible College Springfield MO
Central Bible College Springfield MO
DeVry University, Kansas City Kansas City MO
Lester L. Cox College of Nursing and Health Science Springfield MO
Lincoln University, Jefferson City Jefferson City MO
Missouri Southern State University Joplin MO
Missouri Technical School St. Louis MO
Missouri Western State University St. Joseph MO
National American University, Kansas City Kansas City MO
Park University Parkville MO
Alcorn State University Alcorn MS
Global University Springfield MS
Magnolia Bible College Kosciusko MS
Mississippi University for Women Columbus MS
Mississippi Valley State University Itta Bena MS
Rust College Holly Springs MS
Tougaloo College Tougaloo MS
University of Mississippi Oxford MS
Montana State University: Billings Billings MT
Montana State University: Bozeman Bozeman MT
Montana State University: Northern Havre MT
Montana Tech of the University of Montana Butte MT
Rocky Mountain College Billings MT
Salish Kootenai College Pablo MT
University of Montana, Missoula Missoula MT
University of Montana, Western Dillon MT
Barber-Scotia Concord NC
Belmont Abbey College Belmont NC
Bennett College for Women Greensboro NC
Campbell University Morrisville NC
Campbell University, Camp Lejeune New River-Jacksonville NC
Campbell University, Fort Bragg Fayetteville NC
Campbell University, Pope Air Force Base Fayetteville NC
College for Lifelong Learning Durham NC
Guilford College Greensboro NC
John Wesley College High Point NC
Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte Charlotte NC
Piedmont Baptist College Winston-Salem NC
Saint Augustine’s College Raleigh NC
Shaw University Raleigh NC
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem NC
Dickinson State University Dickinson ND
Jamestown College Jamestown ND
Mayville State University Mayville ND
Minot State University Minot ND
Valley City State University Valley City ND
Bellevue University Omaha NE
Chadron State College Chadron NE
Midland Lutheran College Fremont NE
Nebraska Christian College Norfolk NE
Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln NE
Peru State College Peru NE
Union College, Lincoln Lincoln NE
University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney NE
University of Nebraska at Lincoln Lincoln NE
Wayne State College Wayne NE
York College York NE
Chester College of New England Chester NH
Colby-Sawyer College New London NH
Daniel Webster College Nashua NH
Granite State College Concord NH
Hesser College Manchester NH
New England College Henniker NH
Southern New Hampshire University Manchester NH
St. Anselm College Manchester NH
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts Merrimack NH
White Pines College Chester NH
Berkeley College West Patterson NJ
Beth Medrash Govoha Lakewood NJ
Drew University Madison NJ
Georgian Court University Lakewood NJ
Rabbinical College of America Morristown NJ


Talmudical Academy of New Jersey Adelphia NJ
Thomas Edison State College Trenton NJ
Art Center Design College, The Albuquerque NM
College of the Southwest Hobbs NM
ITT Technical Institute, Albuquerque Albuquerque NM
National American University, Albuquerque Albuquerque NM
New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas NM
Northern New Mexico College Espanola NM
Saint John’s College, Santa Fe Santa Fe NM
Western New Mexico University Silver City NM
Art Institute of Las Vegas Las Vegas NV
Great Basin College Elko NV
Morrison University Reno NV
Nevada State College Henderson NV
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Las Vegas NV
University of Nevada, Reno Reno NV
Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson NY
Beis Medrash Heichal Dovid Far Rockaway NY
Berkeley College White Plains NY
Berkeley College of New York City New York NY
Beth HaMedrahs Shaarei Yosher Brooklyn NY
Beth HaTalmud Rabbinical College Brooklyn NY
Boricua College New York NY
Briarcliffe College Bethpage NY
Cazenovia College Cazenovia NY
Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim-Lebavitch Brooklyn NY
College of New Rochelle: School of New Resources New Rochelle NY
Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park NY
Daemen College Amherst NY
Darkei Noam Rabbinical College Brooklyn NY
DeVry Institute of Technology, New York New York NY
Dowling College Oakdale NY
Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester Rochester NY
Excelsior College Albany NY
Fashion Institute of Technology New York NY
Five Towns College Dix Hills NY
Friends World Program of Long Island University Brooklyn NY
Hamilton College5 New York NY
Nyack College Nyack NY
Ohr HaMeir Theological Seminary Courtland Manor NY
Ohr Somayach-Tanenbaum Ed. Center Monsey NY
Plaza College New York NY
Rabbi Jacob Joseph School Edison NY
Rabbinical Academy Mesivta Rabbi Chaim Berlin Brooklyn NY
Rabbinical College Beth Shraga Monsey NY
Rabbinical College Bobover Yeshiva Bnci Zion Brooklyn NY
Rabbinical College Ch’san Sofer Brooklyn NY
Rabbinical College of Long Island Long Island NY
Rabbinical College of Ohr Shimon Yisroel Brooklyn NY
Rabbinical Seminary Adas Yereim Brooklyn NY
Rabbinical Seminary M’kor Chaim Brooklyn NY
Rabbinical Seminary of America Forest Hills NY
Russell Sage College Troy NY
Sage College of Albany Albany NY
Saint Lawrence University Canton NY
Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville NY
School of the Visual Arts New York NY
Shor Yoshuv Rabbinical College Far Rockaway NY
State U of NY/Empire State College Saratoga Springs NY
State University of New York – Potsdam Potsdam NY
SUNY College of Technology-Delhi Delhi NY
Talmudical Institute of Upstate New York Rochester NY
Talmudical Seminary Oholei Torah Brooklyn NY
Torah Temimah Talmudical Seminary Brooklyn NY
Touro College New York NY
Union College Schenectady NY
United Talmudical Seminary Brooklyn NY
University of the State of NY/Excelsior College Albany NY
Utica College Utica NY
Villa Maria College Buffalo NY
Wagner College Staten Island NY
Yeshiva and Kolel Harbotzas Torah Brooklyn NY
Yeshiva D’Monsey Rabbinical College Monsey NY
Yeshiva Derech Chaim Brooklyn NY
Yeshiva Gedolah Imrei Yosef D’Spinka Brooklyn NY
Yeshiva Karlin Stolin Brooklyn NY
Yeshiva Mikdash Melech Brooklyn NY
Yeshiva of Nitra Mt. Kisco NY
Yeshiva of the Telshe Alumni Riverdale NY
Yeshiva Shaar HaTorah Talmudic Kew Gardens NY
Yeshiva Shaarei Torah of Rockland Suffern NY
Yeshiva Viznitz Monsey NY
Yeshivas Novominsk Brooklyn NY
Yeshivath Zichron Moshe South Fallsburg NY
Antioch College Yellow Springs OH
Baldwin-Wallace College Berea OH
Chancellor University Cleveland OH
Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science Cincinnati OH
Denison University Granville OH
DeVry University, Columbus Columbus OH
Franklin University Columbus OH
God’s Bible School and College Cincinnati OH
Kent State University, Stark Stark OH
Kent State University, Tuscarawas New Philadelphia OH
Laura and Alvin Siegel College of Judaic Studies Cleveland OH
Lourdes College Sylvania OH
Ohio State University, ATI Wooster ATI Wooster OH
Ohio State University, Mansfield Mansfield OH
Ohio State University, Marion Marion OH
Ohio State University, Newark Newark OH
Ohio University: Eastern Campus St. Clairsville OH
Ohio University: Lima Campus Lima OH
Ohio University: Southern Campus at Ironton Ironton OH
Ohio University: Zaneville Campus Zaneville OH
Rabbinical College of Telshe Wickliffe OH
Shawnee State University Portsmouth OH
Siegal College of Judaic Studies Cleveland OH
Tiffin University Tiffin OH
Union Institute & University Cincinnati OH
University of Northwestern Ohio Lima OH
University of Rio Grande Rio Grande OH
University of Toledo Toledo OH
Wilberforce University Wilberforce OH
Wittenberg University Springfield OH
Youngstown State University Youngstown OH
Bartlesville Wesleyan College Bartlesville OK
Cameron University Lawton OK
East Central University Ada OK
Langston University Langston OK
Metropolitan College Oklahoma City OK
Mid-America Christian University Oklahoma City OK
Northeastern State University Tahlequah OK
Northern State University Aberdeen OK
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alva OK
Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts Oklahoma City OK
Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City OK
Oklahoma Panhandle State University Goodwell OK
Oklahoma State University Stillwater OK
Oklahoma Wesleyan University Bartlesville OK
Saint Gregory’s University, Shawnee OK
Southeastern Oklahoma State University Durant OK
Southern Nazarene University Bethany OK
Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford OK
University of Central Oklahoma Edmond OK
University of Oklahoma Norman OK
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Chickasha OK
Art Institute of Portland Portland OR
Cascade College Portland OR
Concordia University Portland OR
Eastern Oregon State College, LaGrande OR
Eugene Bible College Eugene OR
Lewis and Clark College Portland OR
Marylhurst University Marylhurst OR
Mount Angel Seminary St. Benedict OR
Oregon College of Art & Craft Portland OR
Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls OR
Oregon State University, Cascades Campus, Bend OR
Pacific Northwest College of Art Portland OR
Portland State University Portland OR
Southern Oregon University Ashland OR
University of Oregon Eugene OR
Western Oregon University Monmouth OR
Albright College Reading PA
Art Institute of Philadelphia Philadelphia PA
Art Institute of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh PA
Bryn Mawr College Wilkes-Barre PA
Lancaster Bible College Lancaster PA
Lebanon Valley College Annville PA
Lycoming College Williamsport PA
Messiah College Grantham PA
Moravian College Bethlehem PA
Muhlenberg College Allentown PA
Peirce College Philadelphia PA
Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport PA
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary Overbrook PA
Susquehanna University Selinsgrove PA
Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia Philadelphia PA
University of Scranton Scranton PA
Ursinus College Collegeville PA
Washington & Jefferson College Washington PA
Wilson College Chambersburg PA
Yeshiva Beth Moshe Scranton PA
American University of Puerto Rico Bayamon PR
Atlantic College Guaynabo PR
Bayamon Central University Bayamon PR
Columbia College Caguas PR
Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico San Juan PR
Electronic Data Processing College of Puerto Rico Hato Rey PR
Inter-American University of Puerto Rico: Metropolitan Campus San Juan PR
Turabo University Gurabo PR
Universidad Adventista de las Antillas Mayaguez PR
Bryant University Smithfield RI
Johnson & Wales University, Providence Providence RI
New England Institute of Technology Warwick RI
Providence College Providence RI
Salve Regina University Newport RI
Zion Bible Institute Barrington RI
Allen University Columbia SC
Benedict College Columbia SC
Furman University Greenville SC
Morris College Sumter SC
Voorhees College Denmark SC
Black Hills State University Spearfish SD
Dakota State University, Madison SD
Huron University Huron SD
National American University, Rapid City Rapid City SD
Northern State University Aberdeen SD
Oglala Lakota College Kyle SD
Presentation College Aberdeen SD
Sinte Gleska University Rosebud SD
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City SD
South Dakota State University Brookings SD
University of South Dakota Vermillion SD
American Baptist College of ABT Seminary Nashville TN
Aquinas College Nashville TN
Austin Peay State University, Clarksville TN
East Tennessee State University Johnson City TN
Free Will Baptist Bible College Nashville TN
ITT Technical Institute, Knoxville Knoxville TN
Knoxville College Knoxville TN
Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate TN
Martin Methodist College Pulaski TN
Memphis College of Art Memphis TN
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro TN
Remington College, Memphis Memphis TN
Sewanee – The University of the South Sewanee TN
Union University Jackson TN
University of Memphis Memphis TN
Amberton University Garland TX
Angelo State University Angelo TX
Arlington Baptist College Arlington TX
Art Institute of Dallas Dallas TX
Art Institute of Houston Houston TX
DeVry University, Houston, Houston TX
DeVry University, Irving, Irving TX
Huston-Tillotson University Austin TX
Jarvis Christian College Hawkins TX
Lamar University, Beaumont TX
Midwestern State University Wichita Falls TX
Paul Quinn College Dallas TX
Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View TX
Sam Houston State University Huntsville TX
Southwestern Adventist University Keene TX
Southwestern Christian College Terrell TX
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches TX
Sul Ross State University Alpine TX
Tarleton State University Stephenville TX
Texas A&M International University Laredo TX
Texas A&M University — Texarkana Texarkana TX
Texas A&M University, College Station College Station TX
Texas A&M University, Commerce Commerce TX
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi Corpus Christi TX
Texas A&M University, Galveston Galveston TX
Texas A&M University, Kingsville Kingsville TX
Texas College Tyler TX
Texas Southern University Houston TX
Texas State University, San Marcos San Marcos TX
Texas Tech University Lubbock TX
Texas Women’s University Denton TX
University of Houston Houston TX
University of Houston-Downtown Houston TX
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton TX
University of North Texas Denton TX
University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa TX
University of Texas, Arlington Arlington TX
University of Texas, Austin Austin TX
University of Texas, Brownsville Brownsville TX
University of Texas, Dallas Richardson TX
University of Texas, El Paso El Paso TX
University of Texas, Pan American Edinburg TX
University of Texas, San Antonio San Antonio TX
University of Texas, Tyler Tyler TX
West Texas A&M University Canyon TX
Wiley College Marshall TX
Dixie State College Saint George UT
ITT Technical Institute, Salt Lake City Murray UT
Stevens-Henager College Ogden UT
Utah Valley University Oram UT
Weber State University Ogden UT
Western Governors University Salt Lake City UT
Art Institute of Washington Arlington VA
Christopher Newport University Newport News VA
College of Health Sciences Roanoke VA
DeVry University, Crystal City, Crystal City VA
George Mason University Fairfax VA
National Business College Roanoke VA
Roanoke College Salem VA
Stratford University, Falls Church Falls Church VA
University of Management and Technology Arlington VA
Virginia Wesleyan College Norfolk VA
University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix St. Croix VI
University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas St. Thomas VI
Bennington College Bennington VT
Burlington College Burlington VT
Goddard College Plainfield VT
Green Mountain College Poultney VT
Lyndon State College Lydonville VT
Marlboro College Marlboro VT
Middlebury College Colchester VT
Sterling College Craftsbury Common VT
Woodbury College Montpelier VT
Central Washington University Ellensburg WA
City University Bellevue WA
City University of Seattle Seattle WA
Cornish College of the Arts Seattle WA
Crown College Tacoma WA
DeVry University, Seattle, Seattle WA
DigiPen Institute of Technology Redmond WA
Eastern Washington University Cheney WA
Heritage University Toppenish WA
ITT Technical Institute, Seattle Seattle WA
ITT Technical Institute, Spokane Spokane WA
Washington State University Pullman WA
Whitworth College Spokane WA
ITT Technical Institute, Greenfield Greenfield WI
Lawrence University Appleton WI
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Milwaukee WI
University of Wisconsin, Parkside Kenosha WI
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Whitewater WI
American Military University Charles Town WV
American Public University Charles Town WV
Bluefield State College Bluefield WV
Fairmont State College Fairmont WV
Glenville State College Glenville WV
Mountain State University Beckley WV
Salem International University Salem WV
Salem International University Salem WV
West Virginia University at Parkersburg Parkersburg WV
West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Montgomery WV
College America, Cheyenne Cheyenne WY
University of Wyoming Laramie WY


Visiting College Campuses

Visiting College Campuses

How to get the most out of your college tour

In order to get a good feel for a college, you really need to visit the school and spend some time walking around the campus. No two colleges are alike. No two colleges in the same city are alike. Try and plan college visits to see a few schools on one trip, but leave enough time in the day to check out each school in some detail. If you are a high school athlete trying to get recruited and wish to speak to the coach on your visit, you need to reach out to the coach in advance and set up a specific time to meet.

Can you get an official visit?

Official visits are paid recruiting visits that coaches extend to high school athletes. You are allowed 5 official paid visits to Division 1 colleges, 5 to Division 2 colleges. There is no limit at the Division 3 level, but since those schools are smaller and place less emphasis on athletics, it is not as common to receive paid visits to division 3 schools. Visits can begin the first day of your senior year. Before an official visit is made, the college must receive the following: A valid score from a PSAT, SAT, PLAN or ACT test. A high school transcript. Verification that the prospect has registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

What visiting opportunities exist?

Many schools will offer the basic tour where you show up and go on a guided tour with a current student and see the various academic buildings, dorms, recreational facilities, and maybe the cafeteria. Some schools offer extended visit programs. If need be, the coach may be able to arrange for you to stay with a current team member. Whatever tour you choose you should call ahead to make sure the tour(s) are running and have room in them for you and your family as some are limited in space.


When you take your visit can have a big impact on how you feel about a certain school. Touring the University of Minnesota in February will be much different than touring it in September. It would be a shame to get a negative impression of a school because you were trying to navigate around campus in 6 inches of snow when it was 20 degrees out. If you sense that you are going to be looking at colder weather schools, it may be a good idea to start in the summer or early in the fall of your senior year or even the spring of your junior year if you have time.

Take notes

Your visit may take place many months before you need to decide what school you are going to attend, so it would be a good idea to take notes about your visit.

Ask questions.

The only stupid question is the one that is not asked. Don’t be afraid to ask questions on your tour or to anyone that you bump into on the way. Most students will be pretty helpful as well and will give you a candid rundown on what they think of the school.

Greek Life

Does the school have fraternities and sororities and could you imagine being a part of this or not participating? While not all schools have these, the one’s that do can be very different for students that do not participate in Greek life.

What support programs exist?

College is a difficult adjustment partly because there is no one around to push you or make sure that your work and studies are on track. In High School, you had class every day with the same teachers and had work that was probably due and checked every week. In college, you will have less contact with your professors and the work you are required to do will not only be harder but spaced out more. An entire class in a semester may consist of 1 paper and 2 tests and this is an easy way to fall behind quickly. It’s important not to get lost academically at college and you should look into what support programs are in place to keep students “on-track” so to speak.

What is the department for your major like?

While there are many schools that will appear strong to you or have good reputations, it is your job to investigate just how strong they may be. While the overall academic strength of a school is important, you need to look further at the specific programs and departments that are of particular interest to you. Some schools are known as great Liberal Arts schools, some schools are known as great engineering schools, and others may be known for their business programs.

What makes this school unique?

Is there anything that makes this particular school unique? Do they have any majors that are not offered at other schools? Do they have a 5-year MBA program, do they have any science or chemistry equipment that other schools don’t have, do they have a radio or TV station. Bates College owns a 550-acre conservation area that is used for biology and geology students to conduct experiments. Penn State University offers Kinesiology 004, Principals of fly tying and fly-fishing for trout, which takes advantages of the many rivers located near the campus. Students attending the University of Denver will find a class in Casino Operations which deals with the business aspects of careers in gaming. Students attending Texas Christian University can sign up for the Sociology of Wedding which teaches them both the ceremonial aspect of weddings as well as the business aspects of wedding planning.

What’s the living situation?

Without a doubt, you will spend the majority of your time at school either in your dorm room or in whatever housing options your school has for you. Housing on campuses has changed in the last several years to accommodate changing expectations of students. New condos, townhouses, and apartments have been added or remodeled at many schools throughout the country. Dorm life in some cases can either be a major source of frustration or a major source of enjoyment depending on your situation and your lifestyle and in some cases you will have little control over where you live. .

Meet with the coach

If you are planning to play athletics, it would be good to sit down with the coach and find out more about the program, even if you are not being actively recruited. Please note, there are about a 100 steps you need to take before you knock on a coach’s door as a stranger and expect to be recruited. Ask the coach what their needs are for next year. Ask them what is expected of athletes in terms of seasonal schedules. Ask them to see the various facilities you will be using as well.

Meet with the players

It’s a good idea to meet with one or two players on a team and many coaches will arrange this ahead of time. Even though the coach may have hand-picked whom you meet with, you will still get more candid answers and information from the player than you will from the coach. Ask the players what the program is like in terms of games and practices. The coach may not tell you that you run at 6AM in the winter but the player sure will. Ask them what the team needs are and how the coach uses his or her players and what practices are like. It’s important to try and meet as many players on the team to see what they are like not as athletes, but as people.

Eat the food

If you want to know what the food will be like, don’t just look at it, EAT IT. Remember, you have to eat campus food 3 times a day for 3 or 4 years. Cafeteria food has come a long way over the years and many schools are placing a renewed emphasis on serving not on quality food but catering to different eating habits.

Drive around town

You should check out the area the school is in. What is around town such as movie theatres, grocery stores, banks, bowling alleys and so forth? How close is the airport or the train station or the bus station? How safe does the area look? Where do you go for a haircut?

Who are the students

Where are the students from, are they commuters or mostly residents, are they from the state the school is in or from all over the country, do many go home on weekends leaving the campus quit and lifeless, are they mostly from private schools or public schools, what is the ratio of men to women, how are they dressed, do they look like you, are the students from wealthier families or middle-class families?

See what is being planned

Schools are constantly changing. You should find out what new programs are being added or changed, and what new facilities are being added or redone. Schools will add or drop classes and majors as they see fit as well, so if you are entering a school to study international marketing or chemical engineering, it would be nice to know that those majors will be there for 4 more years.

Ask questions specific to you

Every person has particular things they enjoy or want to pursue and the school you select should be able to fulfill some of this. You should find out if the school has specific things that are important to you. Such as; does the school have a radio station, does the school have updated computer facilities, does the school have intramural sports you can participate in, does the school have tennis courts you can use, does the school have programs abroad, does the school have any internship programs, does the school have any special majors, does the school have a church or synagogue, are their many companies in the area that recruit students?

The tour will be standard almost every time and have a set time limit and a set course. It is your job to find out what is available that pertains to you specifically. If you are not an athlete and the tour spends an hour showing you the expansive athletic facilities that does not do much good. If you are a theatre major and the tour does not highlight the theatre, it is your job to check that out on your own. You should never leave a school wondering if you missed anything. Monmouth College in New Jersey has over 25 clubs ranging from art, marketing, dance, psychology, anthropology, pre-law and more. But it’s your job to find out more on these programs.


Visiting Colleges and Universities

Visiting Colleges & Universities

In order for you to narrow down your list of colleges to apply to, the campus visit is by far the most important thing you can do. While there is a great deal of information online, and in books & catalog’s, nothing can replace actually walking the grounds of a campus. All colleges look good online or in the literature they produce, but until you get a chance to check out the facilities, the dorms, and the student life, you will never know if a particular school is the right place for you. Below we have assembled some information to assist you in your college tours.


School visits and tours have come a long way in the last 10 years. With the competition for new students as fierce as ever, colleges and universities are placing a new emphasis on campus visits. What to look for on a campus visit


Over 850 Colleges that you can apply to without submitting your SAT Scores. SAT Optional Schools


Find what you need without leaving the house? Researching Colleges Online


There are many college fairs throughout the country each year. This is an opportunity to talk to reps from those schools and learn more about what those schools offer. NACAC National College Fair Schedule

Did You Know?

U.S. News & World Report several years ago decided to drop yield as a factor in their calculations for ranking the top schools in the country. Their seemed to be a belief that many schools were manipulating their Yield number by accepting more students through binding Early-Decision programs and accepting students “more-likely” to attend. By doing this schools could in theory increase their rankings, thus their prestige and popularity.

Yield = the percentage of students enrolling that are accepted at a particular school).

Elite schools (Harvard, Stanford, Princeton) often have yields as high as 80%. A State school or a less competitive school might only have a yield of 15-20%. As the economy “changed” in 2008, many families found State School more appealing (a.k.a affordable) and State schools saw a big rise in applications. This made State schools harder to get into, as students now had to compete with thousands of additional applications.