In the 1995 movie Clueless, Cher Horowitz eyes new-girl Tai Frasier from afar and says to her gal pal Dionne: “Would you look at that girl? She is so adorably clueless.”
Right now, you may be feeling a little like Tai. You’re thinking about college and your future, but have no idea where to start. Luckily, we have some tips on how to get started in your college search process, especially if you have no idea where to begin.
1. Get “Recommendations.” No, not teacher or mentor recommendations—although that comes later—but recommendations on what schools might be tailored for you academics-wise. If you have your GPA and test scores handy, you’re good to go. Just type in your stats and get feedback. And if you want to stay closer to home, don’t forget to plug in your zip code—this makes it so your results will show colleges near your hometown.
Once you fill in these stats, you’ll get a list of prospective schools you would be ideal for. Then, you can start exploring these schools via our online guides and reviews to see which one may be right for you.
2. Use College Prowler’s Basic College Search tool. Do you want to get lost in a crowd of coeds? Or go to a school smaller than your high school? This tool allows you to filter options to your liking, by major/interest, tuition, state, and degree type.
And if you want more, our Advanced Search allows you to consider options like religious affiliation, U.S. region, and distance from your home zip code.
3. Look at colleges state by state. Out-of-state tuition can be expensive, which is why many students consider staying within their home state. If this is something you’d like to explore, check out rankings for each of the United States. For example, College Prowler headquarters is located in Pittsburgh, Pa., so here is the Best Overall Experience ranking for colleges in Pennsylvania.
4. Find colleges by major/career interest. Maybe you don’t know where you want to go, but you know what you like to do. Narrow down colleges by major with our College Majors section. For example, with an English major, you can get a list of the Top Schools for English according to our users, statistics and demographics, as well as a list of all schools with this major. You can even look at every college in Pennsylvania that offers an English major.
5. Check out trends from your high school. Where do many graduates from your high school go after senior year? Using Niche K-12, check out post-graduation stats to get some ideas for yourself (or maybe get an idea of where you don’t want to go—you wanna be a trendsetter).
College Prowler is with you every step of the way—and beyond—in your college search. Don’t forget to use our Q&A tool to get answers and responses to your admissions process questions. Happy college hunting!