List Building

  • S.A.F.E. Criteria For Researching Colleges: Slides to help you identify fit factors in your college research.


    Expanding Your College List: Slides to help you hone in and expand your college list. 


    Research Colleges Spreadsheet: Spreadsheet to help you keep track of colleges.


    Researching Colleges Deep Dive: Document to help you uncover why a college is a fit for you.


    Naviance:  Supermatch is Naviance’s college search engine. Students can enter fit criteria and populate a list of potential colleges. Also, offers scattergrams that show the average test scores and GPA for students who applied to certain colleges from MHS over the last 3 years. Keep in mind that these scattergrams only include a few data points. Scattergrams don’t include extracurricular involvement, the quality of college essay, intended major, legacy status, or other important factors.


    Corsava: A free tool to help you sort and list your preferences in a way that will help you figure out what you do and do not want from your college experience.


    CollegeXpress: Students can search from an amazing set of lists according to their interests. Students can type in anything from “Schools for the Free Spirit” to “Great Private Colleges for the B Student” and get a list of results compiled by experts. 


    Niche: Rankings/Niche Grades are based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni.


    BigFuture: The College Board's free college planning tool, designed to support students in the planning process and discover best-fit colleges. Provides tools to discover interests and career options.


    College Navigator: Created by the US Department of Education and its National Center for Education Statistics. 


    Unigo: Provides a student perspective. You can read students’ opinions on their schools. Read multiple reviews, in particular, the “What’s the stereotype of students at your school?” and “Is the stereotype true?” You’ll get a sense of the school vibe.


    CollegeData: TONS of data on the average test scores, general acceptance rates, and average GPAs of incoming first-year college students. It also provides data around average financial aid packages offered, specific financial aid packages offered to students who were admitted, and other numbers that might help you and your family plan for college costs.


    Colleges That Change Lives: Personalized, student-centered experiences are at the heart of every Colleges That Change Lives education. While the CTCL member schools all share that mission, they are otherwise very distinctive from one another.