College Search Tool Brings Higher Education Into Focus

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When it comes to making decisions about your future education, there are so many options out there it can become overwhelming. The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) has built a tool to help you wade through your higher education choices — and doing so can be as simple as figuring out a few things about yourself, and logging on to The College Search tool allows you to narrow down college choices within North Carolina, or even nationally, by using dozens of filters so that you can bring the schools that match your needs and wants into focus.



First of all, if you are already certain about what you would like to major in, congratulations! This can be a big help and may even make your choice of school a no-brainer. For instance, if you know you want to major in physics, then you could easily confine your search to colleges with strong science departments. The search tool allows you to filter by majors, as well as special academic programs like honors programs or study abroad availability.


Of course, if you are one of the thousands of students who is unsure about your major, the CFNC website offers a variety of tools to help you hone in on your interests, such as the many assessments in Learn About Yourself.


Admissions Criteria

Admissions criteria vary from school to school. However, most schools will weigh your high school grades, high school courses and college entrance tests as they evaluate your overall application. The College Search tool can help you find schools that are seeking students who have grades and test scores similar to your own.


Type of Higher Education

Will you only consider four-year schools, or would a two-year program suit you better as you begin your college education? Do you prefer a private school or public school? Have you been considering a religious-based school or non-religious school? All of these options have significant benefits and the College Search tool can help you pinpoint programs that match your interests.


Costs and Financial Aid

The cost of a higher education usually plays a big role in the final decision. As you start to evaluate your options, have an honest discussion about finances and expectations with your family. This will help you find options that are within reach. The College Search tool allows you to sort schools based on their tuition be that in-state and out-of-state residency. You can also filter by financial aid options including grants and work-study programs.


This is only a small portion of the criteria that you can use when searching for your best-fit school through the College Search Tool. You may also want to consider:

  • the setting in which the school is located
  • how far the school is from home
  • the makeup of the student population
  • the ratio of faculty to students
  • the overall size of the school
  • if there would be a reasonable possibility for an internship in your area of focus


As you begin the process of applying for college, keep an open mind and be honest with yourself about the options that make sense for you and your family. The College Search tool might offer up some education choices you hadn’t considered or even thought possible and really start to bring your future into focus.