There’s so much information out there on the World Wide Web – some good, some bad, and some plain useless. When it comes to doing college research on the Internet, having a few good starting points can make a world of difference. If you are starting your search for colleges in the United States, how about giving these websites a try?

 

1. Education USA
The very first website to explore is the EducationUSA website, which is managed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs section.

EducationUSA is the official source of information and advice on U.S. higher education. It is a network of more than 400 Advising Centers in 170 countries (in Nepal, the only EducationUSA Advising Center is at USEF-Nepal in Kathmandu). On http://educationUSA.state.gov, click on ‘For International Students.’ Explore the Undergraduate section of this website, which contains “5 Steps to U.S. Study” and advises you in detail how to go about researching your options, completing your application, financing your studies, applying for your student visa, and preparing for departure. Even more detailed guidance is available in the form of the “If You Want to Study in the USA” free PDF books downloadable from the Documents section of this website. Students who prefer to have print versions can avail of the books at USEF-Nepal.

2. College Board
The College Board is known by students as the organization that operates the SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests, two of the standardized exams that are usually important in the overall college admissions process. Many students do not realize that the College Board’s website www.collegeboard.org offers – aside from SAT registration and details – a plethora of information on the college search and application process. Explore the College Matchmaker function which may help you narrow down your choices according to type of school, location, major, cost, admissions, activities, and other options. You can access individual college profiles and determine whether the college may be a good match for you. You can read hundreds of articles which will help you better understand the search and application process. The Apply to College section features advice on the admissions process, writing your application essays, and receiving college decisions.

 

3. Peterson’s
The College Search service offered on the Peterson’s website http://www.petersons.com can be a useful tool to start your college search. Make sure to click on ‘Advanced Search’ to enter college search criteria such as major and degree, after which you can further refine your search by location, setting, college size, costs, and selectivity. You can view brief profiles of each institution. The website also includes details and advice on the overall admissions process.

4. ACT
If you would like to learn about fields of study (majors) and career options, the ACT website http://www.actstudent.org has an alphabetical listing in the ‘Career Planning’ section. From Accounting to Zoology, for each major, you can check out topics of study, the types of degrees available, and occupations that are related to the major. The Occupations listing is also very informative as it explains the type of tasks each occupation entails and general entry requirements. Average salaries and growth in the field are also included. ACT is the organization which administers the ACT Test, which is another standardized test often used in U.S. college admissions.

 

5. College Confidential
Opening http://www.collegeconfidential.com for the first time can be a bit overwhelming simply because there is a lot of user interaction on this website. The College Confidential website is designed to demystify the college admissions process for students and parents. One of the website’s main features is the discussion forum section, http://talk.collegeconfidential.com, which is a place where users can discuss issues relating to college admissions and seek advice from fellow users. In addition to a College Search section, the website also features ‘CampusVibe,’ a platform where users can share their own videos, photos, and information about colleges. Another highlight of this website is the ‘Ask the Dean’ section, via which users can submit questions about college admissions.

There are loads of websites out there that could be useful in your U.S. college search and application process – these are just a few that may help you get started! Information on studying in the USA is just a few clicks away on the Internet, and it’s all for free! In addition to using online resources like these, make good use of the free library and advising services at USEF-Nepal.

USEF-Nepal’s EducationUSA Advising Center offers accurate, reliable, unbiased, and free information and advice and is the only official source in Nepal on studying in the USA. Visit us in Gyaneswor, Kathmandu. ‘Like’ USEF on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usef.nepal and subscribe to our e-group by sending a blank email to usef_nepal-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.