What’s holding you back?
These college students once felt lost on the road to college—find out how they got there.
My father did not want to help me.
It hits you at once.
I don’t really put myself out there a lot.
I’m very proud to say that I’m doing very well.
I didn't know what I wanted to do.
I have a good chance of becoming more stable.
I was a quiet freshman but now I'm outgoing.
Leaving the reservation is a huge step.
I stayed close to home so my parents could visit.
I was intimidated since I was undocumented.
I relied on my high school counselor.
My mentor still helps me today.
My mom, she just up and left.
I knew I had to do it on my own.
Everything I worked for paid off.
Five steps to a college list
Challenge yourself to find and apply to colleges that are right for you. It’s your journey; make the most of it.
- What am I passionate about?
- How do I spend my time?
- How do I learn best?
- What are my friends like?
- Who do I want to be in the future?
Check Out Options
Get to know the search choices on each page of College MatchMaker. You can choose between things like two-year and four-year; urban and rural. You can search for schools by the majors, sports and special programs they offer ... whatever’s important to you.
Decide What Matters
Some people care about sports and dorms; others know what they want to major in. Look at your answers to the questions in Step 1: What do they say about you and what you might like in a college?
Go ahead; give it a whirl. Remember that MatchMaker will list only colleges that meet all the requirements you select. You might need to change your settings if you get too many results or too few.
Create a List
Look at the profiles of colleges in your results. Click Add to List whenever you find one that interests you.
Take a next step
Get started with these ideas.