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Identify Your College

  • Use these online tools to explore majors that match your interests, including:
  • Think about where you would thrive. Would you prefer to attend a large or small, rural or city school? Do you want to play sports or participate in student government?
  • Consider HBCUs (Historically Black College and Universities). Learn more about your options.
  • Visit a college campus. Official college tours and virtual tours are great ways to experience campus life. Visit the admissions section of college websites for more details.
  • College fairs in Delaware take place in November in each county. Check with your school counselor for dates. Plan to attend, and talk to college reps. Learn about programs offered at colleges you may not have known about — expand your horizons!
  • Learn about basic college categories and your preferences. Visit the College Board’s College Search Step-by-Step, collegeboard.org/find-colleges/how-to-find-your-college-fit/college-search-step-by-step. Look at two-year and four-year options as well as in-state and out-of-state choices.
  • Decide what matters most to you. Do you want to attend a college with strong sports teams, challenging academics, or a nurturing environment? Pick colleges that support your interests and needs.
  • Find schools that match your preferences. Use the College Board’s College Search to find colleges by location, majors, size, and more at collegeboard.org/college-search.
  • Narrow your search to five to eight colleges. Your college list should include at least one college you’re confident that you can get into (Safety), two colleges that you’re pretty sure you can get into (Good Fit), and one college that you have a chance of getting into, but it’s a stretch (Reach).
  • Research admissions requirements for each college. Talk with your counselor to make sure you’re on track to meet the requirements.
  • Create a calendar of deadlines.
  • Make plans to visit colleges over the spring and summer, or take virtual tours to get a feel for what it’s like to be on campus. Check online to see when tours and information sessions are offered.