Exploring Colleges

  • Exploring Colleges


    Colleges come in all shapes and sizes. Some colleges have classes with over 300 students, and some colleges have classes with no more than 30 students! Comparing colleges helps you determine which ones you for sure want to visit and which ones you don't. It also allows you to prioritize which colleges you would like to apply to. Click on the links under "Comparing Colleges" to search colleges for size, diversity, cost, and acceptance rates. Don't forget, you can also view this same data for every college in the United States by logging on to Xello


    On this page, you will also find helpful links about adjusting to college life as well as tips for planning an official college visit. Speaking of college visits, Mrs. S recommends that you schedule an official visit with as many colleges/universities that interest you. This is perhaps the best way to determine the right "fit" for you. By visiting, you can see if the college has certain organizations you want to participate in, such as fraternities/sororities, intermural sports, student life events, etc. Please check the latest announcements and your CCC Team for when these schools visit North during Advocacy!

College Visit Tips

Community Colleges in Kansas



    Community colleges offer two-year associate degrees that prepare you to transfer to a four-year college to earn a bachelor's degree. They also offer certificate programs. Sometimes students will transfer from a community college to a four-year college to continue their education and obtain a bachelor’s degree. Community colleges are public and offer an affordable option with relatively low tuition.



    Community College 





Kansas 4 Year Public University






    State Universities are public colleges that offer four-year bachelor degree programs. Some students begin at a state university and others transfer from a community college. There are six state universities in Kansas: Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, Wichita State University and the University of Kansas. There are special admission requirements at state universities. Visit with your counselor or CCC to learn more or check out their website for more information. Washburn is not part of the state university system, but is a public university.



    * For more information on any of the school, please contact the CCC.

Private Colleges in Kansas

  • Private Colleges


    A private college is an independent school that sets its own policies and goals, and is privately funded. Private colleges are generally smaller than public or private universities. The average enrollment at private colleges is only 1,900 students.

    A private college may also be affiliated with a particular religious denomination or gender. Although these private colleges are open to a diverse student body, course curriculum and student activities may cater to the needs of those particular populations.

    Tuition costs at private colleges are often more expensive than at public universities. Private colleges don’t receive money from state legislatures. They operate independently and rely heavily on incoming tuition.

    But before deciding a private college education is out of reach, students should know that private schools often offer general financial aid. In addition to financial aid, private colleges offer substantial help through scholarships




College Exploration Websties





    www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org: This website offers students and parents a wide variety of resources. Information about finding the right college fit, paying for college, the ACT and SAT, exploring careers and much more is available. There are many interactive tools on this site and it is very user-friendly. It truly contains everything students and parents need to know about college. Check it out!


    www.collegegreenlight.com: College Greenlight is an organization that helps students, especially those that will be the first in their family to pursue a college degree, find out about the many scholarship opportunities out there, financial aid, how to apply to college and offers advice in many areas pertaining to preparing for college. They also do a great job providing information to Dream Act students. Make sure to check out their blog as well.


    www.collegescoop.com: This site helps students understand the basic steps they need to take to go to college. They zero in on the essentials and point students to the best, most up-to-date information.

    www.collegescorecard.ed.gov: Created by the US government, this website helps students look up colleges based on size, diversity, major, location and much more.


    www.college-insight.org:This website allows students to compare colleges in terms of cost, diversity and student success.


    www.collegeexpress.com: This website contains scholarship listings, college rankings, and general information and articles about college. Students can create a profile and keep track of colleges they are interested in, scholarships they have applied to and much more.


    www.imfirst.org: I’m First, part of the Center for Student Opportunity, is a great website for any student looking for college information. They specifically are geared towards students who will be the first in their family to go to college. I’m First provides helpful advice about the entire college process. This site also posts student success stories from current college students who proudly share to the world what their college experience has been like.


    www.ncaa.org: Do you want to play sports in college? Visit this site to learn about the requirements.