With warm weather around the corner, it's time for many high school students to start touring college campuses and making decisions about their higher education. The process can be overwhelming as students contemplate cost, location and campus life, so here are six apps for under $2 to help find the perfect college fit:
For those who aren't entirely sure where to begin the search, download the American Colleges and Universities app. It provides a database of over 8,000 schools and gives very basic facts, including location, college website and contact information.
For a more in-depth view into a variety of schools, download the iCollege Guide app. Although this one features only 3,000 institutions, it provides many more details, including religious affiliation, student housing facts, financial aid information, estimated student expenses and much more.
Prices: Both applications: $1 eachUniversity Maps: Download the University Maps app to avoid getting lost while exploring new campuses. It features maps to over 300 colleges nationwide. It also allows users to send their GPS location to friends via email or SMS, for those without a smartphone, in case they get lost or separated. The app shows the quickest route to public transportation for visitors who want to explore the town.
College Confidential: See college through parents' and students' eyes using College Confidential. Read articles and ask questions about topics such as financial aid, test preparation and campus life. Use the search feature to find answers to all of your higher education questions. The app features over 430,000 users, interacting through over 11,000,000 posts.
iCampus: For those who want to check out student life while visiting a campus, download iCampus. The application features events and the latest news. There's also a section for sports information for those who want to check out the teams. With built-in maps, iCampus will not only tell you what's going on, but how to get there.
College Stats: College Stats is an efficient way to compare numbers between colleges. The simple format provides statistics on areas such as cost, admission numbers, SAT scores, athletics, faculty information and minority breakdown. Although some of the numbers are a bit outdated, the database still offers an in-depth look into the stats behind various colleges and universities.
Many individual schools also offer their own applications. Most provide maps, news, directions and contact information. Consider searching the school's name in Apple's app store before beginning your campus tours.
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