There are a lot of ways to create a college list. You can use any of the readily available college rankings and just start pulling out the highest ranked colleges you think you can get into. You can use one of the different college search websites to find colleges with specific majors or located in your preferred states. Or you can just pick from those that send you the best view books or has the best YouTube channel.
While I may prefer a specific approach, I’m not prepared to proclaim one method superior to all others. After all, everyone has different reasons to go to college and what’s important to one family may be totally meaningless to another. And there are plenty of people who pick colleges for the “wrong” reason but still graduate with a great education.
What I do want to do is offer an approach for those with data geek tendencies. You know who you are.
You’re the one who creates a spreadsheet with all the different options for your family reunion Caribbean cruise.
You visit at least five different websites with computer ratings before buying your next laptop. You know which one can use an 802.11n router although you don’t necessarily know what it means.
You have a subscription to Consumer Reports so that you can look up the Energy Star ratings next time you have to replace your refrigerator.
So if you like using numbers to find and compare things, I have the ideal method for you to start creating your college list. I call it “7 Days to a Smarter College List.”
It’s a step-by-step guide on how to generate a college list in a week. Each day has a specific goal with instructions on how to accomplish it. It includes links to all the resources you’ll need along with sample documents. At the end of 7 days, you’ll have a college list designed to meet your family’s specific needs.
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