The term higher education describes the certificates and degrees people earn after they graduate from high school.

Feeling overwhelmed?! We understand! Sometimes the hardest part of higher education exploration is getting started! The college and training search is about exploring who you are and what you want and then finding academic providers that will meet your goals.

Here are some aspects to consider:

  • - Cost to attend
  • - Size
  • - Location
  • - Distance from home
  • - Available majors and classes
  • - Housing options
  • - Makeup of the student body
  • - Available extracurricular activities
  • - Campus atmosphere

Which of these aspects are things you feel you must have to be comfortable at a college? Which things are you flexible on? Also, think about what you want to accomplish in college. Do you want to train for a specific job or get a wide-ranging education? If you have a major in mind, are the colleges you’re considering strong in that area?

Stay open to all the possibilities — don’t limit your search.


About the Data

Source: The U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard is a free online tool to help students of all ages, families, educators, counselors, and other college access professionals make data-informed decisions when choosing a college or university to attend.