College Website Goldmining

Much can be accomplished via a college website visit.

You can take a virtual tour, explore the social scene, learn about the professors, and even read the student paper.

Where do you begin?

Admissions. Schedule a visit or take a virtual tour. Check out the calendar of events and, if possible, attend an information session for potential applicants.

About the School. Learn about the history of the college, famous alumni, awards and honors—even the surrounding community. Plus, the mission statement can reveal qualities that make the college unique.

Financial Aid. Learn how and when to apply for financial aid; discover what scholarships and work-study opportunities the school offers.

News. Press releases and news stories illuminate the image of the school and what it values.

 Catalog. The online catalog lists majors, graduation requirements, and courses offered

Departments and Majors. Most schools have web pages, even entire websites, devoted to academic departments. There you can learn about the faculty, current research projects, support services, course requirements, and even financial aid targeted at majors in that field.

Study Abroad. If an international study experience is desired, be sure the school offers study abroad programs.

Volunteering/Internships. Many students report that volunteer work and internships are among their most meaningful college experiences. Discover what the school has to offer.

Student Newspapers/Campus Publications. Articles written by current students shed light on campus politics, social life, values, and the school’s collective sense of humor.

Diverse Communities. Look for a section on diversity, or look for diversity in pages about student organizations. See if the school has a statement supporting diversity.

Unusual Links. Look for links to unique and interesting experiences on the campus. This may show the character and personality of the college community.

Alumni. What do graduates do with their lives? Do you identify with their stories? Is there an active alumni community with opportunities for networking after you graduate?

Activities and Organizations. Student groups can range from religious to political to just plain fun. They provide a great way to meet people who share your interests and reflect the values and interests of the students.

The Arts. Even if you do not possess a single creative bone, attending performances—from fine art to theater to music—will enrich your college experience.

Sports and Recreation. From rock climbing to folk dancing to soccer, a roster of interesting activities means more options to relax and meet people.

 Student Services. Look for information about health care, technology, counseling, tutoring, and career support. You should also find descriptions of on-campus housing and residential life.

New Students. Sections devoted to incoming freshmen can demonstrate how the school welcomes its newest students and supports them during their first-year transition.

Employment. See if the school has a job placement office or career center and check out the possibilities.

Contact our Professional College Planners for assistance in finding the right school at the right price!

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