Research and Narrow Your Options, Undergraduate

After you define your priorities and identify the factors most important to you, you should use other resources to narrow down your choices. There are several ways you can do this: 

  • visit an EducationUSA advising center
  • refer to college and university websites
  • use search engines
  • attend education fairs 

Almost every college and university in the United States has a website with detailed information about degree programs, application procedures, academic departments, on-campus facilities, and other topics. Often, you can also find a copy of the course catalog online.

Many independent websites also allow you to search for institutions by your subject of interest, geographic preference, or by other criteria that you specify. Students should review each website to ensure that the search engine includes all accredited U.S. higher education institutions. Here are two for starters:

If you cannot visit the United States, colleges and universities may come to visit you by attending an education fair. Most fairs take place during the spring or fall. You will want to start your research early – the year before you intend to begin your studies. Please talk to an EducationUSA adviser or visit the EducationUSA event page to learn about upcoming higher education fairs or other opportunities for you to meet with admissions officers face-to-face. 

You can also learn more about your options by: