College Research Websites

  • Family Connection: This web-based college planning software is available to all Wilsonville High School students and their parents/guardians. Username is student’s email address and password is their 6-digit identification number.

    College Board: Check some quick facts about a particular school or easily retrieve the academic profile of a college’s freshman class, financial aid and merit aid stats, available majors, etc. This is where students register to take the SAT.

    Unigo: This site, which has teamed up with the Wall Street Journal, serves up the unvarnished scoop on schools from the students themselves.

    The Choice: This college blog will keep you up to date on the latest trends on college admission, testing, and financial aid. The blog also features a lot of question-and-answer sessions with college admission officers and other higher ed experts.

    College Navigator: Federal website that contains data on every college and university in the country.

    College Results Online: Families assume that their children will graduate from college in four years, but that’s sadly not true for most. This great website provides four, five, and six-year graduation rates of schools across the country.

    Chegg: Scholarship search engine.

    Niche: Scholarship search engine.

    Cappex: Another online matchmaking tool. Through Cappex, you can accessMeritaid.com, which provides a valuable directory of scholarships that thousands of schools offer.

    College Majors 101: Offers lots of information about what can be done with dozens of majors, as well as what one can expect academically in pursuing these majors.

    College Insight: The brainchild of the Institute for College Access and Success, has gathered detailed information on thousands of colleges.  Statistics can be found for any school on such topics as college affordability, graduation rates, and college diversity, including the racial and ethnic breakdown of students and professors.

    Project on Student Debt: Devoted to helping families make the best economic choices when tackling college costs. A multitude of information about college debt and student loans can be accessed here. The site also has a list of schools that have pledged to limit or eliminate the use of student loans in their financial aid packages.