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Searching for Colleges? This Is the Only Tool You Need

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There are more than 5,300 colleges and universities across the U.S.—so where do you start when trying to find the right one? With our College Search tool, you can easily filter through schools based on your specific athletic, academic and college fit criteria. Looking for Division 1 schools close to home that cost less than $30,000 a year? We can help you find them.

Your college search starts with setting up your detailed filters

Your first step is to narrow down your search. Easily set up your filters to get started:

  1. Log in to your online profile. Don’t have a profile yet? Create your free profile now—it only takes a couple minutes.
  2. Click on the “Find Colleges” option on the top toolbar
  3. Click on all the states you’re interested in
  4. Scroll down to the “Advanced Options” to set specific filters, such as:
    1. Collegiate division
    2. Athletic selectivity (how competitive a school is athletically)
    3. Academic selectivity (how competitive a school is academically)
    4. School enrollment (the campus size you’re looking for)
    5. School tuition (select a comfortable price range)
    6. School type (military, Christian, women’s only, men’s only, HBC)
    7. College setting (rural, suburban, urban)
    8. Public, private or both
    9. Select your top majors

Search results page: A list of colleges that meet your designated criteria

Whether you have a free profile only or a paid NCSA membership, you’ll have access to view the following information on the college search results page:

Families with a paid NCSA membership will see a few extra fields on their results page:

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School profile: Detailed information on recruiting, admissions, academics and campus life

Whether you’re a free user or an NCSA member, you can click on a school in your college search results to get a detailed report. Here’s what our recruits use the most:

NCSA members have access to all the information listed above, as well as more personalized data in the Match Analysis to help determine if a school is the right fit. You also have the ability to contact a coach directly from the Recruiting Page via the Message Center, streamlining the communications process and keeping all your recruiting messages in one place. You can see if a coach from this school has viewed your profile, searched for you or opened your messages. This is extremely valuable, especially if the NCAA recruiting rules don’t allow the coach to contact you yet.