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Utilizing the robust dataset from Peterson's College Data, College Search focuses on the most widely utilized search criteria as determined by our Member Advisory Board. Additional search criteria and improvements will be added based on member feedback.
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Accessing College Search
To launch the College Search, click on "College Search" in the toolbar located on the Colleges tab.
Search Criteria Overview
Schools included in the search are located in the United States or US-based territories. You may search by census-defined regions, specific states, or territories
Fields of Study/Majors
Search for specific Fields of Study or Majors, or utilize the dropdown menu to view all available options.
The total full-time undergraduate students at a college
Small < 2000
Medium 2000 - 15,000
Large 15,000 - 30,000
Very Large 30,000+
Test scores represent the score of enrolled degree-seeking first-time freshman students, and the search focuses on the 25th percentile. This is defined as the score that 75% of students scored above. The search parameters return schools with a 25th percentile within the minimum and maximum range you select.
Selectivity is defined by a proprietary set of criteria created by Peterson's College Data. Selectivity is self-reported by colleges based on the following parameters:
Virtually all applications are accepted regardless of high school rank or test scores
Class Rank - < 50%
SAT Score < 1010
ACT Score < 19
Acceptance Rate up to 95%
Class Rank - 75% of freshmen in the top 50% of HS
SAT Score > 1010
ACT Score > 18
Acceptance Rate 85% or less
Class Rank - over 50% of freshmen in the top 10% of HS
SAT Score > 1230
ACT Score > 26
Acceptance Rate 60% or less
Class Rank - over 75% of freshmen in the top 10% of HS
SAT Score > 1310
ACT Score > 29
Acceptance Rate 30% or less
Select between 2-year and 4-year institutions, or choose both to see all options.
Select between Rural, Small Town, Suburban, and Urban campus settings
Public, Private - For-Profit, Private - Not for Profit
The GPA value represents the Average high school GPA on a 4.0 scale for degree-seeking, first-time, admitted freshman students.
While most colleges report unweighted GPAs, some choose to report a weighted GPA
Filter for colleges with religious affiliations: Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Other affiliations.
Reviewing Search Results
After you have selected your criteria, you will be presented with your search results. For specific details on schools, click on the info icon.
You will then be presented with details on the selected school
If you have selected multiple Majors or Fields of Study as part of your search, the availability of those selections will be indicated with an X or a checkmark as shown above.
Creating a Custom College List
To create a Custom College List, select the desired schools by "starring" them and clicking "Create a List"
To select all schools displayed on the page, use the star at the top of the list:
You may select all schools from each page of search results. Once you are satisfied with your selections, simply name your list, add an optional description, and save it.
Your newly created Custom College List will appear on the Colleges tab within your account with any other Custom College Lists you've created in the past.
For more information on Custom College Lists and Pre-loaded Lists, check out:
Your feedback will be vital to our continued expansion and iteration of this college search tool. Use the Submit Feedback button at the top of the search page to share your thoughts!
Will there be additional data points added to this feature?
Yes! The feature will expand and evolve based on the feedback from our members.
What is the difference between Fields of Study and Majors?
Fields of Study are broader subject areas within which Majors are categorized. For example:
Field of Study - Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Majors within that field of study: General Biology, Cellular Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, etc
Do my students have access to this feature?
Students do not have access to the College Search feature. It is only available to consultants.