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Why Should I Take the College Match Quiz?

Taking the College Match Quiz can help you find the perfect college for you. Many students wonder, “which college should I go to?’’ or “where should I go to college”?  If this sounds familiar, the college match quiz offers a way to find out.

There are over 6,000 colleges, universities and trade schools in the US. Choosing one can take lots of time and energy. The good news is the college match quiz filters schools for you. It bases school suggestions on your input and returns a short list of schools for you to look at.

Not only does this take some of the stress away, it may also save you money. The average cost of a college application is $44 and some Ivy Leagues go up to $90.

Finding your perfect college may help you to graduate and thrive too. Many people lose interest when the college doesn’t end up suiting their style. Studies by the NCES show that only 6 out of 10 students in public colleges graduate. And, most (62%) take up to six years to earn a bachelor’s degree.

How Does the Quiz Find Your Perfect College?

The College Match Quiz helps you find your perfect college through an algorithm. It is a model that research scientists created that predicts your perfect schools.

You will answer questions across three main areas: major, location and fit.

Major. These questions figure out which schools offer your intended major and area of interest.

Location. This part asks which regions you’d consider. If you prefer to stay local, it asks what you feel an acceptable distance from home is.

Fit. The fit has to do with three things.

  1. Structure – school size, type (private or public, trade, community college, four year) and ratio of full time to part time students
  2. Admissibility – your odds of getting into a school based on your grades and school selectivity
  3. Intrinsic – your personality traits that help you stay motivated, learn and grow

There are no right or wrong answers, don’t worry! But the success of the quiz relies on your honesty.

Here are 6 helpful things to consider before taking the quiz.

  1. Not every college offers all majors. So, narrow down the field(s) you want to study – STEM, business, fine arts, liberal arts etc.
  2. Assess how far away you would go to earn your degree
  3. Know if you prefer a small, medium or large college
  4. Figure out the kind of degree you need (2 year, 4 year, career school)
  5. Decide if you need a full time, part time or online format
  6. Have your GPA, ACT or SAT scores on hand as each school uses different admissions criteria

How to Read Your College Match Quiz Results?

The College Match Quiz yields a list of perfect schools for you. Ranked by how well they match your data, the list blends a Fit score and Return on Education score. 

Fit Score: It gives a 30% weight to structure, 30% weight to admissibility and 40% to intrinsic. This part matches schools with your preferences. So, it is all about location, number of students, interests and learning style. Measured on a 0% to 100% scale, strong fits scores are those in the 80% to 90% range.

Return on Education (ROE) score: To get the ROE, the list pulls in the net costs of the schools. Net cost equals (tuition + fees) – (average grants/scholarships) * by (percent of students who receive grants/scholarships).

Then, balances it with PayScale data. PayScale data relates to (earnings of a college grad) minus (earnings of a high school grad).

The final number is an annual rate of return percent. High ROE’s are in the 8% to 11% range.

Each school on the list has your match score in a thumbs up. Ranging from 1 – 5, the more thumbs up you see, the better the school matches your answers.

There is also a button where you can see reviews and ratings of each school. Plus, other college details to make it easier for you to decide which college matches you.

You will also be able to sort through the results on the list. Filter by Match Score, or by cost.

What’s Next after Finding Your College Match?

Now that you have your list of college matches, there are a few next steps. After all, college is a big investment of time and money.

Now it’s time to do your own research.  Look up student reviews and see if you like what they are saying about the school.

While you are online, see if you can take a virtual tour of the college. If so, it can save you a trip and gives you an idea of the campus culture, services and vibe.

Keep in mind, getting admission to any specific school is not guaranteed. This means you should apply to a few schools. Applying to a few schools will improve your odds of admission in a school you’re interested in.

Some of these can be safety schools, where you think you have a good chance of getting in. Others can be target or reach schools where you don’t feel as confident. The Common App makes applying to multiple schools easier.

Fill out the FAFSA to know how much federal aid you qualify for. If you get into multiple schools, you can then compare financial aid packages.

Schools have different scholarships, some based on merit, others on need. Depending on what a school offers you, a more expensive school on your list may become more affordable.

In the end, the College Match Quiz is a tool. Use it to help make an informed choice about which school may be your perfect match.