Three Steps to Creating a College List

Step 1: Think about what you are looking for

Before starting a college search, students should ask themselves 5 key questions relating to:

  • location (where you live & where you want to study),
  • selectivity (where you can get in),
  • cost (how much your families can afford to contribute),
  • setting (what type of school you want to attend), and
  • major (what you want to study).

Step 2: Understand how to create a balanced college list


Filter map based on university selectivity & affordability. Remember to search separately for in-state public universities & private universities.

Link to map on Tableau.