Choosing College


College: What It's All About and Why It Matters

Graduate photoYou might think that college is just high school continued, but it’s not. College opens doors for you that high school doesn’t. And college can change you and shape you in ways that you might not imagine.

Why Get a College Degree?  Learn about what attending college and earning a degree can do for your future.

Why Go To College? Ready to move on after high school? Here are the benefits of pursuing higher education.

The 4 Steps to College - Great list of steps on how to start the process, continue achieving in school, find the right college, and seek financial aid.

School Selection: Choosing the College that's Right for You

The kind of college you choose to attend should reflect your goals and your personality. Whether you choose a public, private, community, technical, trade or even online college, make sure it's the best match for you.

College Scorecard - This new tool helps prospective students obtain important factors about universities such as graduation rates, salary after attending, percentage of students who pay back their loans, etc

Step-by-Step College Search - There's no magic formula for choosing a college, but this interactive guide will help by asking some questions that will direct your search.

Find Your College Fit - Interactive tools on bigfuture can help you research your options. - This dynamic and informational video-based website offers students a variety of tools: College Video Tours (558 of them to be exact), Career Videos, Student Connection Boards, all in a blog-type atmosphere.

Find Affordable Colleges - This interactive guide will help you choose from the top affordable colleges in each state. 

College Living

The transition from high school to college is a big step, and students are often surprised about how different the two environments can be.

How College Differs from High School - From academics to extracurricular activities to social aspects, college differs from high school in a number of ways.

Campus Life - What to expect, how to live independently, dorm living, how to live with a roommate, campus services, and more!