The College Search

What kind of school will best meet your child's needs?

There is so much information to sort through when you begin looking at colleges. Urban or rural? Big state school or small liberal arts college? Greek life? Clubs? Athletics? We can help you and your child determine the best fit.

College Visits – what to look for

We encourage you to plan tours of the schools that appeal to you and your child. Walk around campus, pick up a student newspaper, try to visit a class. Write down your impressions immediately. You'd be surprised how college visits can blend together.

Research sources

Search websites like Naviance, Cappex, College Board, and Princeton Review that allow you to select colleges based on your criteria. Begin making a list of what is important to your child and what each school has to offer. We can help you sort through this information overload by creating a spreadsheet tailored to your child's academic interests and college choices.

Creating a College Spreadsheet

 Things to consider

  • Location
  • Size
  • Ranking
  • Acceptance Rates
  • ACT/SAT Scores
  • Tuition
  • Financial Aid
  • Course(s) you really care about
  • Study abroad
  • Extracurricular
  • Reach/Match/Safety

School Specific Information

  • Early decision type and deadline
  • Regular application type and deadline
  • Common App school?
  • Extra essays required?
  • Supplementary materials?
  • ACT /SAT (required/optional)
  • GPA
  • SAT Subject tests (required/optional)
  • Campus visit (dates)
  • Interview (who/dates)

Overwhelmed by the college search?

Park Ridge Tutoring is here for you. From deciding on your college priorities to crafting the perfect application, we'll be there to help every step of the way.