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College Guides and Directories

Choosing a college or university just got easier.

While there are many factors to consider in finding the right school for you, it is easy to become informed by reading top college guides and directories.

Whether you are looking for an online degree or a traditional campus program, public or private school, don’t delay your search. Find the best schools for your desired major and research college and university rankings.



List of Excellent College and University Directories

  • College.gov - College.gov is intended to be the go-to source for information and resources about planning, preparing and paying for education beyond high school. It's intended to provide insiration, hope, and encouragement for all students to continue their education.

  • College Finder (US Dept of Education) - Customize your search for colleges and universities and find the one that's right for you. Setting, academics, cost, campus life, etc, are all important to finding the perfect place for your postsecondary education.

  • Accreditation of US Schools (US Dept of Education) - Are you searching for a particular school? This site provided to you by the Dept of Education allows you to search for postsecondary institutions, public schools or districts, public libraries, or private schools.

  • Accreditation of US Schools (US Dept of Education) - Make sure your school is accredited! Accredited postsecondary schools have undergone review by independent agencies and agreed to comply with certain academic and other standards. Find out how the accreditation process works to protect you.

  • California College Guide (CA Postsecondary Education Commission) - Detailed information about hundreds of California colleges! Search for a school by program, location, accreditation or name, plus find lots of valuable information about attending college in California.

  • Accredited Institutions of Higher Education (US Dept of Education) - Proper accreditation by a state agency or an approved accrediting agency is one good indication of a postsecondary school's educational quality. Check this Dept of Education database to learn more, and find out if your college is accredited.

  • Campus Security Statistics (US Dept of Education) - Your direct link to reported crimes for over 6000 colleges and universities in the U.S. Whether you're thinking of attending a large university, a small liberal arts college, or a community college you'll find their security statistics here.

  • Academic Institutional Profiles (National Science Foundation) - How does your school of choice rate on research and development funding? These Institutional Profiles show R&D expenditures and federal support for science and engineering, along with graduate student characteristics. Search by school.

  • My College Options - My College Options allows college-bound students to match their personal goals and interests with all accredited post-secondary institutions nationwide to help them select a college. (Requires registration)

  • Medical Schools, Geographical Listing (Amer Assoc of Medical Schools) - Interested in attending medical school? This site from the American Association of Medical Schools lists all of its member medical schools in the U.S. and Canada and provides links to their websites.

  • College Results Online (The Education Trust) - College Results Online helps you learn more about student graduation rates at 4-year colleges and universities. From the nonprofit Education Trust, which works for high academic achievement of students.

  • Finding the Right College (Collegeboard.com) - Resources and information from the College Board to help you find the right college, including a side by side comparison feature that shows cost, size, location, average SAT scores, and more for each school selected.

  • U.S. News Education Site - The website offers links to a comprehensive list of U.S. colleges and universities. It is also a highly regarded source for undergraduate and graduate school rankings. The site includes selected articles on education news and trends, as well as premium features to aid in searching for the right college.

  • Back To College - A resource for nontraditional students, this site includes information about individual universities, financial aid, foreign study, internships, online degrees, and life experience credit.

  • Virtual College Tours - Users can search for colleges alphabetically or by state. This site includes Webcams, websites, and virtual tours of many college campuses.

  • World-Wide Graduate School Directory - Extensive listing of graduate programs worldwide, with an index of programs by subject and a keyword search feature.

  • College and University Homepages - Compiled by a staff member at MIT, this list can be accessed alphabetically or by using the geographical index.

  • U.S. News Graduate School Rankings - Including vast information on 39 disciplines, this site

  • College and University Rankings - From the University of Illinois, this site presents an annotated guide to online rankings services for American colleges and universities. Although the validity of college rankings are often controversial, a context for ranking services is provided and questions of objectivity and measurement are addressed. The site includes a thorough bibliography and individual sections for undergraduate, law, business, and graduate study.

[ Source - US Department of Education / US Library of Congress ]

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