What are the best ways to navigate a college's website?

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What are the best ways to navigate a college's website?

Scott White
Director of Guidance Montclair High School

What are the best ways to navigate a college's website?

Use it for information only. Use other sources for more subjective information.

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President IVY Counselors Network

visit undergrad and grad school pages

if you are looking for admisisons information, you can limit yourself to undergrad admissions as perspective student. if you are researching majors and departments, you may go to academic departments to seek out faculties and programs. graduate school pages will offer you something else, sometimes, students learn graduate programs at school as undergrad students but apply graduate programs at different colleges.

Erin Avery
Certified Educational Planner Avery Educational Resources, LLC


College websites should have a mandatory format, shouldn' t they? Each one has a different format. I navigate college websites all day long and one thing I always look for is "fast facts". Give it to me in a nutshell. Don't make me search for what I seek.

Tam Warner Minton
Consultant College Adventures

Navigating college websites

Here is my recipe for successful navigating: 1. Go to Admissions/Future students first. Check out scholarships and financial aid. 2. Check out the virtual campus tour. 3. Read about the requirements for acceptance, including test score requirements. 4. Go to Academics, look at the majors. What interests you? Click on department websites that you find compelling and see what the program offers. 5. Go to Housing/Residential Life. Anything interesting, like learning communities? Themed housing? 6. Check out the clubs. Are your interests represented? This is how to navigate....after you do this, you can browse and look at majors, college events, speakers, etc. College websites are FULL of information.

Carita Del Valle
Founder Academic Decisions

What are the best ways to navigate a college's website?

As yourself what you are researching first and then take careful notice if these questions are being answered. Always start with campus demographics, a virtual tour, major selection and alumni happiness. Remember, the website is a marketing tool, selling a product to a consumer and if your questions are not answered clearly then will it be the same while on campus as a paying college student?

Kris Hintz
Founder Position U 4 College LLC

What are the best ways to navigate a college's website?

You may first want to get standardized "at a glance" information from sources that cover all the schools, such as College Board, Merit Aid, US News, Kiplinger. Then you can dig in to each college's individual website for more in-depth information. The most valuable information the college's website can give you is: 1. Majors and minors by school 2. Specific admission information (i.e., performing arts auditions, test-optional alternatives, early notification programs, honors college and special programs). Supplemental essay information is sometimes available, but often you can only get that through Common Application. 3. Specific financial aid and merit scholarship information and deadlines. 4. College visits (Info sessions and tours, interviews). 5. Student organizations, club & intramural sports, and community service organizations. There are no tricks to navigating a college website. Some websites are great, some are poor---with no relationship to how good the school is!

Mark Gathercole
University Advisor Independent University Advising

What are the best ways to navigate a college's website?

First, remember that college websites are essentially advertisements - everyone is good-looking; everyone is either happy, studious, or both; and the weather is always perfect! with this in mind, the college sites can be helpful. Take the virtual tours. Take a look at the requirements of your major, if you've decided on one. Look at the core requirements, if any. And if it's offered, chat with current students. Get what you can from the site, but also use other resources - there are some good books and websites out there which aren't affiliated with the colleges.

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

What are the best ways to navigate a college's website?

Call the school or ask a current student for assistance.

Joyce Vining Morgan
Founder and college counselor Educational Transitions

What are the best ways to navigate a college's website?

Be organized about what you want to find out from the website. I start with my major questions: does it offer the program/majors/courses I'm looking for, the sports, the arts, the activities? If it does, then I look at mission, requirements for graduation ... And only then do I go to the admissions page for entrance requirements, admission contacts, how to arrange a visit.

Cara Ray
Senior Associate Montgomery Educational Consulting

What are the best ways to navigate a college's website?

Navigating college websites can be confusing for some students. However, most colleges today have their own admissions section of their website. Sometimes, this may be under a tab for "admissions" or "prospective students" or "future students" or "apply." I recommend starting there. Admissions offices have put together sites that include helpful information such as application deadlines, financial aid information, student blogs, videos, campus visit information, contact information and much more. If you are interested in learning more about a specific major on the campus you can typically look under the "academic" section or do a search in the search bar for the course catalog to read course descriptions.