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Updated by Marilyn Stelzner on Jun 12, 2014
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College Search Websites

Here is a list of the most commonly used search engines and review websites for US colleges and universities. You might try taking the name of the same college and entering it into a sampling of these websites in order to get an understanding of the types of information each provides. A few include videos, some have student reviews. Most have a link to the college's own website. Feel free to add your favorites if they aren't here, and to vote for the ones you find most useful.

College Results Online

The Education Trust's website gathers federal data about student outcomes such as 4, 5, and 6 year graduation rates. Once you name a college, you can ask for a list of "similar" colleges and compare data across the list, or you can create a list of colleges you are considering and compare data for that list.

Big Future - College Search - Find colleges and universities by major, location, type, more.

The college search engine of The College Board, the people who bring you the SAT, allows you to search by major, location, type of college, financial aid, and more, to create a list of colleges to investigate further.

College Navigator - National Center for Education Statistics

College Navigator is a free consumer information tool designed to help students, parents, high school counselors, and others get information about over 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the United States - such as programs offered, retention and graduation rates, prices, aid available, degrees awarded, campus safety, and accreditation.

U-CAN: University and College Accountability Network

U-CAN (University & College Accountability Network) is designed to give, in a common format, prospective students and their families concise, Web-based consumer-friendly information on the nation's nonprofit, private colleges and universities.

College Portraits

Picking the right college is a big decision. The first step is getting information to help you make the right choice. The College Portrait is a source of basic, comparable information about public colleges and institutions presented in a user-friendly format.

College Rankings and Lists | Inside College | CollegeXpress

Find the latest lists, college rankings, and expert’s choices on CollegeXpress (formerly Inside College). The lists come from a book called The College Finder by Steven Antonoff, an educational consultant from Denver, Colorado.

Welcome to YOUniversityTV, the College and Careers Portal

Watch college video tours of every major college in the US, as well as career related videos.. Social network connects you with students, admissions, faculty, and alumni. College videos, student videos, college information.




Don't just look at colleges from the outside—learn what they're really like from actual students. Reviews, videos, and photos created by students at colleges across the country!


Conduct your college search to find the best college for you. Find college information on selectivity, the best fit for your needs, the right college for you, college prep, the student body at each college, and how to find all the college info you need to make a wise choice.

College Prowler: College Reviews by Students for Students

College reviews written by current students. Access insider guides to every aspect of campus life with thousands of unbiased student reviews and ratings.

U of Texas Directory to U.S. Higher Education

Easy access to the websites of accredited institutions of higher education within the US.

EducationPlanner is your one-stop career and college planning website. EducationPlanner provides practical and easy-to-understand advice to help prepare students for the important decisions they will face in the future. is a public service of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), and offers practical and easy-to-understand advice and information on how to deal with common financial situations facing today's college students and recent graduates.

Educated Quest: Your Family-Focused College Guide

Educated Quest is the only family-focused college guide to some of the best values in higher education! Join Ed on your journey to college today!

College Reality Check

Weigh the facts that will help you choose a college.

Campus Explorer: College Search and Planning Guide - Campus Explorer

Search for colleges, universities, online schools and certificate programs. Campus Explorer has all the college planning information you need to find a college, pay for college and start your career.

College Factual

Struggling to choose a college?'s data-driven insights are designed to help simplify this all-important choice. Find the best colleges for your money via our unique college rankings, compare colleges via the scorecard, and dive deep into college costs and profiles via user-friendly charts and tables that will help you discover just the right fit based on all the variables that are uniquely you.

College Portraits

Picking the right college is a big decision. The first step is getting information to help you make the right choice. The College Portrait is a source of basic, comparable information about public colleges and institutions presented in a user-friendly format.

What Will They Learn? - A guide to what college rankings don't tell you about core curriculum requirements

There is one thing other rankings won't tell you: which universities are making sure their students learn what they need to know. This free resource does tell you, focusing on seven key areas of knowledge. It's designed to help you decide whether the colleges you're considering prepare their graduates to succeed after graduation.