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College Comparison Checklist

Use the following checklist to track college search progress as your teen gathers information. (Hint: Print in landscape orientation.)

Location/Size

  College 1 College 2 College 3 College 4
Distance from home        
Enrollment        
Physical size of campus        

Admissions

  College 1 College 2 College 3 College 4
Tests required/accepted        
High school credits required        
Essays        
Resumes        
Interviews        
Letters of recommendation        
Deadlines        
Early action/early decision        
College credit for exam scores or high school courses        
Orientation program        

Academics

  College 1 College 2 College 3 College 4
Degrees/programs offered        
Majors        
Academic clubs/associations        
Academic advising services        
Academic tutoring services        
Internship opportunities        
Opportunities to study abroad        
Career placement services        
Other special programs and services        

Financial Aid

  College 1 College 2 College 3 College 4
Costs of attending college        
Grants        
Loans        
Employment        
Academic and need-based scholarships        
Deadlines        

Campus Life

  College 1 College 2 College 3 College 4
Who attends the college?        
Sports events        
Music programs        
Theater productions        
Art museums        
Publications        
Extracurricular activities        
Housing        
Health services        
Counseling services        
Safety information        
Community information        


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