COLLEGE SEARCH

CREATE A LIST OF SCHOOLS THAT FIT YOU BEST

Our classes and activities help you discover best-fit colleges and universities.

A “BEST-FIT” college or university is one that satisfies your academic, social-emotional, and financial needs and wants. For some students, academic factors are most important. Other students know that their social-emotional needs must be met to be successful. For most families, college affordability is also a huge factor to consider! More than likely, your personal priorities lie in a blend of these three factors. Our college search classes cover all these angles and more! We strongly believe that there is no “one size fits all” best-fit list and the schools that you ultimately choose should always align with YOUR priorities and satisfy YOUR preferences!

Rely on our trusted resources, not misinformation

As an Academic Angle student, you will have 24/7 access to the most up-to-date information about colleges and college admissions. The Custom College Plan database includes thousands of detailed college profiles that include data about cost and financial aid, student demographics, programs of study, and even how well your credentials match up with school averages. Custom College Plan also includes several pre-loaded resources including the Fiske Guide to Colleges, our entire college planning curriculum and over a dozen Academic Angle webinars that cover everything from building an awesome resume to properly completing the Common Application!

CLASS OPTIONS

COLLEGE VISITS, SEARCH RESOURCES, AND LIST BUILDING STRATEGIES

College Visit Planning

Although campus visits can be time consuming and costly, there is no better way to determine if a school is the right place for you. Work with your counselor to plan a college visit strategy and learn tips and tricks on how to make the most of your time while visiting schools.
Approximate Duration: ½ Class Session [30 minutes]

Navigating the College Search Building Your "Big College List"

The internet is full of misleading information. Learn how to begin your college search and about our favorite and most trusted college search resources to start building your “Big College List.”
Approximate Duration: ½ Class Session [30 minutes]

Building Your "Big College List"

Build a “Big College List” of 20-30 schools that align with your best-fit key college criteria. You’ll also learn about how your counselor will be using your choices to make additional school and recommendations.
Approximate Duration: ½ Class Session [30 minutes]

NARROWING YOUR BEST-FIT COLLEGE LIST

The "Big College List" Discussion

Come to this session prepared with your researched list of 20-30 colleges that most interest you. In this open discussion, you’ll talk about your list and discuss the side-by-side counselor recommendations. You will also make plans for additional research and/or college visits as necessary.
Approximate Duration: 1 Class Session [60 minutes]

Comparing Schools: The Key College Criteria vs. College List Matrix

Dive deep into the college search process by using our College List Matrix to weigh your Key College Criteria against your college list. Prepare yourself with facts to justify the inclusion of every school on your list. We recommend this class as a follow-up to the “Big College List” discussion.
Approximate Duration: 1 Class Session [60 minutes]

The "Final College List" Discussion

By now you have developed into an expert at making best-fit choices! Take a final look at your college list and rank schools in order of preference with the help of your college counselor. You will leave this class session with the confidence to move on to completing your supplement essays and applications.
Approximate Duration: 1 Class Session [60 minutes] Prerequisite: “The "Big College List" Discussion

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