What better way to learn about a given college or university than through the students who go there? Thanks to college review sites such as Unigo, you can connect instantly with thousands of colleges and get an impression of a particular campus through student reviews, photos and videos. But don't stop there. The sites below offer at-a-glance guides to thousands of colleges and universities worldwide, going beyond key topics such as admissions, financial aid and academics. Compare schools side-by-side, take a virtual campus tour -- even enter details about your personality to find a good fit.
U.S. News & World Report
See where hundreds of colleges and universities stand on U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of the best colleges in the U.S. Also find info on admissions, academics and costs. The site's comparison tool is really handy -- you can look at multiple colleges' costs, selectivity and enrollment figures side-by-side.
- College Board
College Board is possibly the most comprehensive college review website, offering details on the school's size, setting and student body; admissions; cost and financial aid; special study options; sports; deadlines; SAT, AP and CLEP policies and figures; majors; and housing and campus life. Stuff we love about this site: You can print the full college profile or email it; Get a direct link to the application page of each college; Personalized sections, such as "Students who viewed this university also viewed" and "How does my academic performance stack up?" You can also instantly compare up to three colleges side-by-side.
Though Unigo offers great profiles, videos and photos of more than 6,500 U.S. college campuses, the site stands out due to its extensive reviews from actual students who attend those schools and experts who are affiliated with them. Read what students think of the campus, the classes, their professors and peers. See what they think are the best and worst things about a school, what they find challenging and inspiring. You can also post questions about the school, admissions, etc. in the open forum section.
Peterson's makes information easy to find and navigate, from admissions to cost and financial aid, to majors and degrees, to sports and the student body, thanks to the site's simple layout. We like the "Colleges You May Like" section, which suggests other colleges you may potentially like based on your current search.
CollegeSource provides a detailed look at the degrees offered by a college, as well as accreditation info, enrollment figures and costs. Link directly to a college's website, view the college on a map and check out the school's college catalog.
- College Results Online
College Results Online, an interactive Web tool overseen by The Education Trust, lets users examine colleges' graduation rates, and see how those rates have changed over time. The site also lets users select a given college or university and compare its graduation rates outcomes to other similar institutions.
- StuVu (A Student's View of Their College Campus)
StuVu features uncensored college reviews, videos and photos from students at 4-year, 2-year, online or vocational schools. You can search for a specific school, or go to the "Pre-Grouped Colleges and Universities" section, which groups schools in categories such as "U.S News Top 100," "Big city schools," "Religious schools" or "Cheapest 4-year Public." These written reviews of Harvard, for example, are easy to navigate, thanks to helpful titles such as "Top 10 types of people you'll meet at Harvard," "Food at Harvard" and "What the dorms are really like." And these videos of Princeton University are equally convenient to browse through, thanks to titles such as "Student work: BodyHype" with the descriptor "Princeton's BodyHype Dance Company enthusiastically embraces a variety of styles, including ballet, hip-hop and modern."
- College Prowler (reg.)
College Prowler, a free reg. site, has more than 70,000 student reviews. Start at the Rankings section, which has 20 possible categories, including "Academics," "Drug Scene," "Nightlife," "Weather" and "Off-Campus Housing." These categories group schools based on letter grades such as "A+" "B-" or "D," etc. Click on a school to read reviews and learn more about the ranking.
- Students Review
This site offers almost 80,000 college reviews for more than 3,000 schools. The site excels by letting users easily narrow the search results, categorizing reviews by groups such as "acadmemics," which can then be broken down further into specific subject areas.
- The Guardian
This listing from the UK newspaper The Guardian offers an at-a-glance guide of "every university in the UK." Each university profile offers details on course fees, scholarships, accommodation, facilities and transportation links. Each profile also suggests a handful of related university profiles that may be of interest.