College Information

America's Top Colleges

List compiled by Forbe's magazine.

Any College

Use this database to search for colleges by program, state, school type, sport and school name. 

Applying to School

Fill out one college application and quickly let over 3,000 accredited colleges find and perhaps make you an acceptance offer. The site could save you some time applying to schools with simple applications and allows colleges to find you even if you have not applied, but cannot replace submitting an individual school's application especially if essays are required.

Black College Common Application

Apply to twenty historically black colleges with one application for $35. 

Campus Explorer

Search through a data base of over 8.500 schools by location, major or degree. Site includes two and four year programs as well as certificated programs in vocational or technical training.

Campus Grotto

Comprehensive site assists students in finding and preparing for college. Financial aid and scholarship information also included.

Campus Program

Comprehensive site organizes colleges by location and/or major and also has articles on how to survive at college. and improve academic skills.

Campus Security

The OPE Campus Security Statistics Website is a direct link to reported criminal offenses for over 6000 colleges and universities in the United States. If you are thinking of attending college in a large urban city, a small liberal arts college, a specialized college, or a community college you can find their security statistics here. Website is maintained by the Office of Post secondary Education of the US Department of Education. 

Campus Stats

Free service that stuents may seach for information on all colleges and universitieis in the United States by different criteria such as by city or state, least and most expensive, rankings and more. Also includes college statistics and admission information such as acceptance rates as well as articles.

Campus Tours

The Campus Tours Index provides fast and easy access to interactive tours of colleges across the United States. 


The free site allows students to list information about what they are looking for in a college. Colleges can come to the Cappex site and look for students that are a good match and get in touch with students ready to select the colleges that best meet their needs.

College Admission Profiles

By reviewing the college and university class profiles on this site, students can compare themselves with those admitted to the colleges in which they are interested. They may also be able to identify colleges and universities for further consideration.

In addition to class profiles, the site includes articles and links to websites with information on college preparation, college and university admission, scholarships, financial aid, and related subjects.

College Answer

This site is sponsored by Sallie Mae, a large provider of student loans for college. Students wondering where to go to college and how to get there, or parents trying to unravel the mystery of the college and the financial aid application process can find answers here.

College Atlas

For those who crave rankings, this site supplies "top" schools in a variety of different categories as well as providing links to college home pagees. You can also list your zip code and search for schools nearby that teach what you want to learn. 

College Board Online Home Page

Students, parents, & counselors will find a comprehensive menu of information to aid in the transition to college. Includes EXPAN - for free - college, career & financial aid database. 

College Compass

Huge site contains links to careers and majors, college selections, financial aid, scholarships, test preparation, and summer programs. 

College Data

Comprehensive site includes information on finding a college that fits your needs, getting into it, and paying for it. is being built by the U.S. Department of Education in collaboration with students. It is intended to be the go-to source for information and resources about planning, preparing and paying for postsecondary education (such as 2- or 4-year colleges and universities, and vocational or career schools)..College Grazing

Interactive self discovery surveys provide immediate feedback to give college planning focus and insight. College application essay writing guide & other tools for successful college search.

College InSight

This site makes data on college affordability, diversity, and student success easy to find, compare, and analyze. College InSight is the successor to and provides data for almost 5,000 U.S. colleges and universities. In addition to college-level data, it features totals and averages for states, sectors, and other groupings of colleges.

College Majors 101

This site is associated with a course that teacesh students about different college majors in depth so that they can make more informed college and career choices.

College Lists Wiki

Counselors are always creating lists of colleges for their students that fit specific parameters. Here a kind soul has saved the results of all those counselors work. The lists are constatnly being corrected and updated as circumastances change. Very current!

College Navigator

Search for the college that's right for you by geographic region, state, city, type, major, or Title IV eligibility.

College NET

Wide variety of college info including searching for matching characteristics, graduate programs, financial aid, scholarships, featured schools. 

College News

Free campus new wire includes text from many college newspapers in the Chicago, New York Boston, and Philadelphia areas. 

College Planning

Comprehensive site to help students prepare for college is especially strong in highlighting programs that promote support services underprivileged students. 

College Prep 101

This on line course is intended to provide high school students with the information they will need to decide on attending college. Included in the lessons is information to help with college preparation, selecting a college, easing the transition to college, and managing the changes in life which occur during college. 

College Prowler

Find the perfect school for you with the assistance of reviews and editorials written by students.

College Raptor

Create an online profileand search for colleges that match your criteria. The site provides financial planning inforamtion and strategies as well.

College Results

This site allows students to: examine overall graduation rates and see how those rates have changed over time, learn about universities' records graduating diverse groups of students and compare the graduation rates of similar institutions - colleges and universities that share many characteristics and serve similar student populations.

College Scholarships, Colleges and Online Degrees

Designed to offer college-bound students, parents, and counselors easy access to information on colleges and universities throughout the United States, Free scholarship and financial aid searches, SAT and ACT test preparation tips, and more. 

College Surfing

Searchable database offers more vocationally oriented categories such as arts/design/fashiuon, aviation, beauty programs, business, criminal justice, culinary, education, health care, liveral arts/general studies,massage/wellness, technology and trade. 

College View 

A free online college search service with profiles of 3,500+ colleges & university sites, virtual tours, electronic applications, financial aid info, career planning tools, and more. Find others with similar interests in Coffee Shop. 

Colleges of Distinction

Colleges of Distinction is a college guide with a unique approach. Instead of looking for the richest or the most famous schools, it considers topics such as - Which colleges are the best places to learn, to grow, and to succeed? You’ll find both prominent names and “hidden gems” on their list. What they have in common is their excellent reputation among high school guidance counselors and education professionals, not to mention employers and graduate schools. Their classrooms are among the most exciting in the country; their programs are some of the most innovative. 

Colleges That Change Lives

Based on the book by Loren Pope and filled with information and first hand experiences, this website offers a unique perspective on forty remarkable liberal arts colleges. You can also sign up for a free monthly newsletter filled with advice on preparing for college and specific universities. 

Common Application

Visit this site to download a pdf file (Adobe Acrobat needed) of the Common Application accepted by nearly 500 colleges and universities. 

Common Music Application

Apply to six music conservatories with one application. 

Dormitories Around the World

On this page you find links to various dormitories (or residential homes) from all over the globe. Some offer pictures of their dorms and/or include short essays. The dorms are sorted first by the country they're in and secondly by the university's name. 

Education Corner

Extensive webiste offers information on the college planning process in the Higher Education section

Education Planner

Comprehensive college planning and preparation site sponsored by a financial aid organization.

Educators for Fair Consideration

Comprehensive site strives to assist undocumented students with college, career and financial aid information and provides resources for these students as they wait to becme citizens of the US.

Educated Quest

Site focuses on how to choose the best college for you. It includes detailed descriptions of universities the creator has visited, Q & A section, and a blog.


Information on topics to consider as students research colleges such as location, environment, size, admission requirements, academics, expenses, financial aid, housing, facilities and financial aid. The site also has links to all the college web sites organized by state.

Essay Edge 

This commercial site offers to assist students with writing essays for college applications. It also offers free access to admissions essays accepted by top colleges. 


Listing of colleges and other post secondary schools that do not require ACT or SAT scores. 

First in the Family

Students who are the first in their family to attend college, need special help in planning and anticipating what is involved. This site is specially designed to assit those students through the collge application process. 

How College Admissions Works

The admissions director of Duke University gives real life examples of how the admissions process works. 

How To Get In

Help sections cover all years of high school with college preparation and planning, testing, advice on applying to college and paying for college. Our admisisons forum is moderated by college admissions and finaical aid experts. If you have a question, they have the answer. Site also includes a searchable college database.

Institutional Accreditation

Searchable database run by the US Department of Education helps you to determine whether a school or university is accredited and if so, by whom.

International Student

Site offers advice and services of all sorts, including links to information about being a student in another country, an international scholarship search, student loans and insurance. 


This site offers course selection information for students who plan to attend a community college and transfer to a university in Illinois. It identifies schools that are members of the Illinois Articulation Initiative and have agreed to a common core of general education courses that will transfer. 

Ivy League Admission

Commercial essay writing service also gives free writing advice for competitive admissions programs. 


Students can list qualities they would like their ideal college to have and colleges can provide similar data for their campuses. This matchmaking site also has collegeplanning information and useful links to other websites.


Test Prep on line. College application software, career info, self tests plus many more topics. 

Know How 2 Go

This site is especially helpful to students who are the first in their family to attend college. Guidance starts in middle school and provides step by step advice all the way through high school.

Match College

Search through this site to find the school that is right for you. It inlcudes over 6,000 colleges and universities listed, providing information on housing, financial aid, tuition, admissions, athletics, current events and more... Schools can be filtered by state, city and type of degrees offered or you may look for a specific school by name.

My College Guide

This site has a college search section as well as articles about admissions, getting money for college, and doing well once you are admitted.

My College Options

 Make a list of the particulars you would like your college to have and get a list of up to fifteen matches. Colleges can view the profile you have created and contact you.

My Majors

Take a short quiz on this site and it analyzes this information and suggests six majors to think about because they match your interests and high school experience. It can also give you more information about what these majors are, what type of courses you would take to get a degree and what jobs are available to graduates with various degrees. 

My Footpath

Free "Ask the Counselor" advice on the college planning and selection process and fee-based admissions reports. 

My Road

Comprehensive site allows you to explore majors, find a college and research careers. A searchable database of 900+ career fields, 6000+ vocational schools, colleges, and universities and links of scholarships, sources of loans, financial aid and advice. Afflicated with the College Board.

NACACThe National Association for College Admissions Counselors maintains a site with a variety of resources including a directory of early decision colleges, when and where college fairs are held, their monthly newsletter for students, and student's rights in the college admissions process.Next StepU

Comprehensive college information site. 


This site gthers statistical data about high schools and colleges and ranks them from this data according to varied criteria: Hardest to Get in, Top Party Schools, Most Diverse, Best Academics, etc. The Admissions Calculator helps students determine whether they can admitted according to their own statistics. By starting an line account, students enter a random pool where $2,000 no-essay ascholarships are selected monthly. 


Noodle provides information about postsecondary education. It offers personalized college search tool, resources fot the SAT/ACT test prep, and shows students what their chances are of getting into specific colleges.

One Hundred Questions to Ask on a College Visit

When visiting a college campus, you need to stay long enough to ask a lot of questions about the college. That means that you should NOT rush through your college visits. Some of these questions only can be answered by college admissions and financial aid staff. Current college students will be able to answer many others.Overseas Association of College Admissions CounselingThis site is designed for counselors who work with students who intend to study in another country. It has rescources for American studens who would like study over seas and exchange students who would like to continue studying in the US.Pathways to College

The Pathways to College Network is a national alliance of organizations committed to using research based knowledge to improve the college success of under served students, under represented minorities, low income students, those who are the first in their family to go to college and students with disabilities.

Peterson's Education Center

The Education and Career Center includes consistently organized information about educational opportunities at all levels. It also gives the ability to search Peterson's databases and share info with others. 

Preparing Your Child for College

Archived site produced by the US Department of Education explains the benefits of a college education and about ways to put college within reach academically and financially. Throughout their school years, students make academic and other decisions that affect whether they will be eligible to enter college. 

The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review helps people find and get into the right college or other school. They have great resources to help with testing, admissions, financial aid etc. 


QuestBridge is a program that links bright, motivated low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation's best colleges.

Scholar Stuff

Offers a little something for everyone; a comprehensive list of colleges from around the world, chat rooms, financial aid sites, and links to information on college prep exams. 

Schools in the USA

Search for colleges using a variety of criteria such as: business , teacher education , health , engineering and technology , nursing , distance studies, and learning overseas. Comprehensive site also includes scholarship info and career profiles. 

Schools that Accept American Sign Languageas fulfilling the foreign language admissions requirements. This wiki is kept by volunteers so check with the school to verify that the information is still valid. A related list is Foreign Language not Required.Search University

Find colleges of interest searching by name, location, or program. You'll find financial aid, career, and admissions information here as well.

Security on Campus

Campus safety is a topic that should be considered by students and parents as part of the school selection process.

Incredibly comprehensive portal to all the information a student planning to attend college needs to consider.

Student Paths

The online Student Paths Current Issue is a collection of articles and information from elevenpublications throughout the country. From Diary of a Senior to Wacky Scholarships, the online current issue combines the best of the best to give you the inside scoop on how other students are making their transition to college and what they have experienced in their first year beyond high school.

Student Resources

Links and downloadable resources from the Illinois Association of College Admission Counseling. current downloads include: State Universities in Illinois at a Glance, 12 Reasons to stay in Illinois, and Schools that Require or Recommend SAT Subject Test.

Super College

Comprehensive college guidance site has sections on searching for a college, admissions & tests, and scholarships. 

Teen Ink

Check out reviews of colleges - public and private, from the Big 10 to the Ivy League, from small liberal arts schools to large state universities, including 2-year and 4-year programs - written by prospective students like you. Students also sumbit their admissions essay, which may give you some ideas of how to approach this subject - or not!

Ten Steps to College

Guide to college planning and selection sponsored by PBS.

Undergrad Zone

Takes a student from choosing a college as a senior to finding success on a university campus as a freshman.


Helps American students apply to college in Great Britain. 


Unigo is a new platform for college students to share reviews, photos, videos, documents, and more with students on their campus and across the country. Fnd out what life is really like at North America’s colleges, and find online friends who can help you find the right school. 

Universal College Application

33 colleges have put their college applications allow students to apply with this site using the universal application. If the college also requires supplemental information, those forms are available here online as well.

US College Search

A searchable database of 9734 4-year universities, 2-year colleges, junior colleges, vocational schools, job training programs, and technical certification programs. Search by state/city, degree program, major / degree program, and school name. 

US News & World Report - College Rankings

Also has information on graduate schools, financial aid, and studying abroad. 

Venture Scholars

Resource center of valuable links for students preparing for college.

What Will They Learn?

Provides unique information on whether colleges make sure their students learn the things they need to know. You can find what they expect their graduates to study outside their majors, how much they are charging, how many of their students graduate, and what the colleges say about the education they offer. There are more than 125 institutions currently covered.


Comprehensive site allows students to search for colleges, take virtual tours, apply online, get financial information and plan a career. 

ZinchStudents can enter as much personal information about themselves as they wish, including portfolios of writing, art work, music, athletic records, etc. Their file is password protected, but they can alert any college they are interested in that they have a file on Zinch. the intent is to make colleges aware of students they might want to recruit before they received lists of test scores. Because Zinch includes much more than test scores, it could help to minimize their importance, depending on the college's admissions criteria.