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Part III. Knowing Your Academic Choices > 35. Nine Ways to Generate College Ide...

35. Nine Ways to Generate College Ideas

“I can tell you the kind of school I’d really like,” my son told the college counselor, with an air of finality. “I want to go to a place where I can go to a football game, take off my shirt, paint my chest, and major in beer.”

—Andrew Ferguson, author of Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College

It’s almost always a smart idea to cast a wider net when exploring schools, but how do you do that? Keep reading to discover eight ways that can help you conduct an intelligent search.

1. Use college search engines.

College search engines can assist you in locating schools by using a variety of different criteria.

Surely the biggest is the federal College Navigator search engine, which is fueled by the U.S. Department of Education’s monster database. Just Google “College Navigator” to find the website. To locate potential schools, you can select criteria such as private and public institutions, costs, majors, admission selectivity, religious affiliation, sports, and more. Click on the icon of the U.S. map on the home page, and you’ll be able to designate the states and/or regions that you’d like to explore.


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