Top 8 Online Resources to Kick Off Your College Search

Managing high school stressors can put anyone over the edge. Between five-page persuasive essays, unfortunate group projects, and sneaking the last piece of Five Gum during class – how do you find the time to plan for the future? With over three thousand colleges in the U.S., knowing when and where to jump in can be intimidating.

To help kick-start the process, we’ve put together a list of the best college search engines available online. Think of these tools like Google for your higher education needs. Through these websites, you will be able to search specific information about the schools you’re interested in and receive updates on customized opportunities based on your preferences.

Here are eight college search engines to help guide you in the right direction:


College Board’s BigFuture gives you access to the entire collegiate universe. After creating an account, you can filter schools by location, majors, campus life, even diversity. You’re able to select your favorites, track important deadlines and view available financial aid options. Remember taking your PSAT this past October? This is where you’ll be able to view your scores – that’s if you weren’t caught retweeting and liking memes #cancelled.

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Are you staring at last marking period’s report card wondering if your grades are good enough for college? With Cappex’s “fit meter” tool, you can now gauge whether a school would be the right fit based on your preferences. The higher the score, the better the chance the college would be great for you.

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Gain access to tons of statistics and reviews for different aspects of student life directly from current students or recent alumni with Niche. Keep a running list of schools you’re interested in and get connected to school representatives by creating a personal profile. Your peers rated Rutgers – New Brunswick an A overall.


Get Schooled utilizes the power of media, technology and pop culture to teach high school students about the college application process. Learn about financial aid forms, receive help through text or prep for standardized tests while earning points towards rewards. Consider this a loophole to adulting.


Feeling overwhelmed by the endless career opportunities the world has to offer? Trust us – you are not alone. College Majors 101 will help you pinpoint which areas of studies lead to specific fields. View student stories, search industry publications and browse available programs nationwide. The website even identifies which courses are required along the way. You’ll uncover your true calling – or at least leave with a hint.

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Ever wish you could simply Yelp colleges to get the real tea on your favorite schools? Unigo provides instant access to thousands of student reviews. Simply search your favorite institution and see how they are rated on a variety of categories. You can also get matched to personalized scholarships, internships, and student loan opportunities.


Once you have a few schools in mind, College Insight will allow you to compare them based on variables that matter to you. Build tables that highlight specific areas of interest like tuition, campus life, and who has the nearest Starbucks – because priorities right?

College Insight is also great to narrow down your choices and create a shortlist of your favorites. Keep track of important information like admission requirements, upcoming deadlines and fees. Be sure to include safety, target, and reach schools to ensure all your bases are covered.

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If you’re feeling unsure of where to start, Rutgers Career Cluster Survey will help you identify your career preferences. It’s totally free and takes less than 5 minutes to complete! Learning which career field you’re most interested in will help you research universities based on program offerings.

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