• Finding the College That's the Best Fit for You!

    Some say: "College is college- they're all the same."  Ms. P says, "No they are not!"  Finding the right college for you can be a difficult task.  There are many factors to take into consideration, but are you looking at the right ones?  Of course location, size, and cost matter, but what about graduation rates? Retention rates (what percent of students, upon completing their first year continue on into their second year)?  Employment rates of students like you (what percent of students majoring in what you want to major in are employed within 6 months of graduation)?  Don't just pick a college because someone you know went there or is going there.  Celebrate your individuality and find a campus that will be right for YOU!


    Here are some great websites to help you find the college that is the best fit!
    College Navigator http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ Use this website to search for colleges nationwide that have a certain program or look up your dream school to see how they are doing!  You can create a favorites list, compare schools side by side, and even export your results to a savable excel sheet!  You can find out the school's population, safety, retention rates, default rate (failure to repay student loans according to plan), net price (how much students pay on average out of pocket, in loans, or through non-institutional scholarships yearly) and much more! 
    College Affordability & Transparency Center http://collegecost.ed.gov/catc/ Use this website to determine which colleges have the highest and lowest tuition as well net price (the total cost of attendance minus average grant/ scholarship aid).  These reports also include the percentage of students receiving federal, state, and institutional gift aid. These reports should not be taken as a stand alone factor nor do they reflect what you, specifically, would pay.  *Remember that most out-of-state public institutions will charge a higher tuition to out-of-state residents (you!).*
    College Scorecard http://collegecost.ed.gov/scorecard/index.aspx Use this website to search and compare colleges based on your interests.  Search by major/ minor, size, location, intended occupation, campus setting, etc.  Once you run your search, you may click on schools that fit your interests to see: typical cost and how it compares to other colleges, graduation rate, loan default rate, median borrowing rate, and employment statistics.
    Net Price Calculator http://collegecost.ed.gov/netpricecenter.aspx "In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended, as of October 29, 2011 each postsecondary institution that participates in the Title IV federal student aid programs is required to post a net price calculator on its Web site that uses institutional data to provide estimated net price information to current and prospective students and their families based on a student’s individual circumstances" (National Center for Education Statistics*).  Using this website, you can find direct links to the net price calculator web pages for colleges you are interested in.  You will have to answer some questions and input financial information similar to what the FAFSA or WASFA would ask in order to determine your possible aid package. *https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/resource/net_price_calculator.asp 
    Big Future College Search by the College Board https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search?navid=gh-cs Search for a college that fits you best based on what is important to you- there are 3,884 colleges to choose from nationwide!  Search criteria include: Test scores & selectivity, Type of school. Location, Campus & housing, Majors & learning environment, Sports & activities, Academic credit, Paying, Support services, and Diversity. 
    Unigo College Search https://www.unigo.com/colleges/ Aside from having a wealth of scholarship opportunities, Unigo is also a great place to get student feedback regarding campuses you might be interested in.  Who better to find out about a college from than current students!?  You can search by a specific college or run a search based on various factors.  Create an account so you can not only apply for scholarships, but also save colleges you are interested in!
    Unigo College Match https://www.unigo.com/college-match Take a questionnaire and allow unigo to help you find colleges that might fit your interests.  Questions are more geared towards who you are as a student and how you would react in certain situations. 
     Pacific Northwest College Websites By Distance & Type
    Community/ Career Technical Colleges                  Community & Technical College Website
    Columbia Basin College, Pasco, WA                                           CBC Website
    PerryTechnical Institute, Yakima, WA                                       Perry Tech Website
    Yakima Valley College, Yakima, WA                                           YVC Website
    Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla, WA                    WWCC Website
    Big Bend Community College, Moses Lake, WA                         BBCC Website
    Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA                               WVC Website
    Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, WA                      SFCC Website
    Spokane Community College, Spokane, WA                               SCC Website
    Public 4-Year Universities                                       WA 4-Year University Website
    Washington State University- Tri Cities, Richland, WA             WSU Tri-Cities Website  
    Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA                        CWU Website
    Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR                                 EOU Website
    Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA                             EWU Website
    Washington State University, Pullman, WA                                WSU Pullman Website
    University of Idaho, Moscow, ID                                                 UofI Website
    University of Washington, Seattle, WA                                       UW Website
    The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA                                Evergreen Website
    Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA                     WWU Website
    Private 4-Year Universities
    Walla Walla University, Walla Walla, WA                                    WWU Website
    Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA                                             Whitman College Website
    Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA                                              GU Website
    Whitworth University, Spokane, WA                                           Whitworth University Website
    Seattle University, Seattle, WA                                                   SU Website
    Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA                                       SPU Website
    Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle, WA                                           AI Website
    DigiPen University, Redmond, WA                                              DigiPen Website
    Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA                                   PLU Website
Last Modified on July 24, 2018