Colleges & Universities

It's never too early to start thinking about college! And, although you don't HAVE to have a major completely set in stone before attending college, it's always a good idea to start thinking about your interests, both socially and academically, and which post-secondary program is the best fit for you based on your interests.

As you explore colleges and universities, there is a document at the bottom of this page containing questions that you may want to ask college representatives.

COLLEGE ADMISSION UPDATE: This document provides Admissions Information for several colleges nation-wide. This publication is courtesy of the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling

Get Set for College: This great document from ACT includes tips on preparing for the ACT, helps you to rank characteristics that you may be looking for in a college (enrollment size, cost, location, athletics, etc.), college admissions information, information you want to ask colleges when you go to visit, a worksheet to help you compare colleges, a financial aid planning worksheet, and much more information!

College Caboodle
An organizational tool that is designed to make the process of preparing for college a breeze. Calendar of things to do from Freshman through Senior year. 
Keep track of all the important documents, essays, letters of recommendation, grades and scholarships. Provides your family the comfort of knowing where everything is when it’s time to begin the application process.

What Can I Do With This Major?: Not sure where a certain major will take you?  This website lists a variety of different job opportunities for most college majors.
USCollegeSearch: This is a college search tool that also provides trends on careers.
What's Next Illinois: Explore Schools, Programs, and Majors: This link provides different tools that help match you to colleges based on specific majors, needs, and interests and to explore opportunities available in different career areas. This site also contains a Financial Aid Planner and a Resume Builder.
College Navigator: This is similar to the "What's Next Illinois" links above. If you don't find what your are looking for with one program, then this is another useful search tool, courtesy of the Institute of Education Sciences.
ACT Profile: ACT Profile Beta is a new, evolving, and free college and career planning social networking site.  This site offers: an interest inventory, a values inventory, an abilities inventory, military career exploration, and detailed career exploration (an outline of high school coursework, post-high school training levels and coursework, salary and detailed career roles and services).  This site also offers the ability to search for colleges based on degree-level offered and state location.

Online Colleges Database: A directory of U.S. Colleges. This includes a guide to applying for college as well as a college search engine database.

Career Cruising: Username: west Password: prairie Log in and create a profile for this website, and use a password you are sure to remember! This site contains an inventory that will ask you questions about what type of a college you are interested in, and then it will generate a list for you. This site also contains a career search tool.
NextStepU: This is another comprehensive post-high school planning site that includes career information, a college search tool, and a scholarship search engine.

Iowa Private College Week:  If you are interested in learning specifically about private colleges in Iowa, visit  for information on several universities in one place!
UsNews: College rankings from all over the country
Kiplinger's: Best values in public colleges
Makahla Shurtz,
Jul 14, 2012, 7:12 PM