Researching Next College

  1. Gathering information
    • Books
      • Reference books (on universities, majors, law and medical school) available for review in Counseling and Academic Advising.
      • PSC library also has reference books useful in researching.
      • Local libraries may also have reference books.
    • Internet
      • transferology.comThis site offers lots of excellent advice to students wishing to transfer from Community Colleges to four year Universities.
      • www.collegesource.org
        • Select "advanced search" then "criteria search" to generate a list of Universities to consider using criteria such as major or location
        • Once list is generated, selecting the "profile" icon connects you to a one-page fact sheet with general information about the University.
      • University’s website. Pages to look for include:
        • Undergraduate admissions
        • Prospective student
        • Transfer student
        • Transfer guides
        • Course equivalencies
        • Admissions application – consider submitting an online application. Some Universities will lower or waive application fees if you apply online!
    • Mail – join Universities’ mailing lists so that you can begin receiving information to decide whether you would like to attend the school.
    • Phone
    • e-mail
    • In-person
      • Individual table visits at PSC
      • Transfer fairs at PSC
      • Open houses or Preview Days at next University
      • Individual meetings with (many of these appointments can be pre-arranged on the day of Open houses or Preview Days):
        • Admissions Officers
        • Financial Aid/Scholarships Office
          • National scholarships versus university-based scholarships
      • Housing
      • Academic Department
  2. Evaluating information
    • Regional accreditation
    • Academic department
    • Internship and learning experience options
    • Costs
      • Tuition
      • Fees
      • Housing (average cost of living at home = $1600/year, per the US Department of Education)
      • Grants, Loans, and Scholarships available
    • Location
    • Student life