General Searches

  • CollegeboardBigFuture - Use the college search application to research campuses using your preferred criteria.

  • Naviance - if your high school offers this online service.

  • The Princeton Review - Use its search application to research campuses using your profile from answers to a set of questions. Also use the "School Search" tab at the top, right of the website for college profile information, which provides information equivalent to the "The Best 379 Colleges" guidebook described below.

  • College Data - Excellent website with detailed college specific information on admissions, financial aid and more.

  • U.S. News and World Report - Includes tool allowing users to compare colleges (be careful not to get caught up in the rankings section)

  • College Navigator - By the National Center for Educational Statistics, the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States. Excellent college search and comparison tools.

  • - Research ALL California 2 & 4 year colleges, excellent locator map and CSU campus information

  • Colleges That Change Lives-40 small, liberal arts colleges that are well-known for their outstanding teaching and dedication to undergraduate education.

  • Fairtest - List of test optional colleges: schools that do not use SAT or ACT in admissions

  • Cappex - Provides information and statistics on most schools along with the ability to create a profile and let colleges contact you

  • CollegeWeek Live is an excellent resource for an online college fair and admission events. Access admission reps from 300+ colleges and video webcasts about student life at various college campuses.

  • US Department of Education's College Scorecard - Where families can learn individual campus statistics: graduation rates and salary after attending and how each compares nationally, as well as financial aid statistics: typical total debt, typical monthly loan payment, and percentage of students who pay debt down compared to national average.

  • College Majors 101 - Detailed information about a variety of majors

  • - virtual college tours

Researching a college/university:

Reviews by students for students:

  • Niche - college reviews by students. (Formerly College Prowler)

  • College Prowler - Offers over 450,000 student reviews of over 7,000 schools

Financial Aid:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Official Department of Education website of the FAFSA

  • FSAid - Source of information for the Federal Student Aid PIN which is required when applying for federal student aid

  • CSS Profile On-line - Many of the member colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, and scholarship programs use the information collected on PROFILE in addition to the FAFSA to help them award student aid funds.

  • FinAid - Provides comprehensive financial aid information

  • Naviance - Local Scholarship list

  • Fastweb Scholarship Search - Matches students to relevant scholarship opportunities.

  • Merit Aid - A comprehensive directory of merit and academic scholarships from colleges across the country

  • Colleges That Award the Most Merit Aid - Comprehensive list of schools that award the most non-need based aid

  • Micro-Scholarships for high school achievements

  • College Scorecard


  • NCAA Eligibility Center - Official website that provide high school student athletes with all of the tools and information they need in order to begin their college experience


  • Soloquest


  • Compass

  • Khan Academy


  • Test

  • Test Rocker