To Study in the US, Search for Colleges with Shorelight’s School Match Tool

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By Sakina Taher
Last updated on August 11, 2023

Want to study in the US, but don’t know where to start? Shorelight’s School Match Tool is the best way to find not just good schools, but your best-fit university!

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Are you looking for good schools in the US for your bachelor’s or master’s degree? Check out Shorelight’s School Match Tool to search for colleges! Search listings for what’s most important to you to narrow down your choices: rankings, degree programs, location, scholarship opportunities, campus facilities, and more.

With Shorelight research services, discover top-ranked universities, gain exclusive insights from peers, and connect with expert counselors. Find your best-fit university and get one step closer to achieving your academic goals.
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With Shorelight, you can choose from 3,000+ undergraduate and graduate degree programs in STEM, business, liberal arts, and education — but with the School Match Tool, you can avoid getting overwhelmed by thousands of possibilities. Read on to learn more about how to use the School Match Tool to find good schools — and discover which universities suit you best.

What Is the Shorelight School Match Tool?

Shorelight’s School Match Tool is designed to help international students find their best-fit university. With the tool, students can compare universities by degree program, location, safety, outcomes/employability, and more. Narrow down choices based on rankings, curriculum, and campus facilities, as well as analyze average tuition fees and total enrollment, to identify the ideal university for you.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use the School Match Tool to find good schools:

  • Step 1— Choose between undergraduate or graduate degree programs.

  • Step 2 — Filter universities by location, student diversity, safety, employability, financial aid, and other campus resources.

  • Step 3— Select degree programs that interest you, then compare programs at different universities. You are allowed to change your school choices at any point in this step by removing or adding universities from the list.

  • Step 4 — Select the schools that most interest you, then hit compare. Scroll to the right to see the universities you have selected.

  • Step 5 — If there is a specific school on top of your list, you can pin it and see how it compares to the other schools.

  • Step 6 — Download a PDF of your results to use during your Shorelight counseling sessions and/or to discuss options with friends and family. You can also copy and share a link with your search results.

The School Match Tool makes the process of choosing universities accessible, clear, and convenient. If you need additional support, Shorelight advisors can guide you through the process.

How Can Shorelight Advisors Help?

An informed college search process, where you identify which good schools and degree programs are best for you, can be challenging, but you can do it! Shorelight education counselors offer expert advice through one-on-one discussions, creating academic and career development plans to understand your interests, and providing additional resources to narrow down your choices.

Shorelight universities also offer informative webinars to go over degree programs that interest you, academic requirements of your chosen program and industry, visa guidance, and more. Advisors encourage you to communicate your interests, ask questions, and clarify any details regarding your desired university and degree.

Once you have a clear idea of where you want to study and which degree programs you want to pursue, the next step involves submitting your university applications.

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Application Support from Shorelight

After successfully narrowing down your choices with the School Match Tool, a Shorelight advisor can help you begin your application process. Advisors may share a list of all the important documents you may need, including your high school certificates, notable extracurricular achievements, recommendation letters, financial background, and more.

To ensure you stay ahead of application deadlines, advisors may prepare timelines to keep you on track. Keep in mind that you may also need to complete an English language proficiency test and obtain standardized test scores to proceed with your application.

Many colleges also require an essay as part of the application process, usually on a predetermined topic, that gives admissions counselors a sense of your communication skills and educational background. Shorelight advisors can provide personalized essay writing tips that showcase your strengths and unique skills, and guide you on how to best indicate your interest in the university and programs where you hope to be accepted.

As you prepare for your academic journey in the US, you may come across many challenges. From applying for scholarships and student visas to preparing for interviews and internship opportunities, Shorelight advisors can help you every step of the way.

It all starts with the School Match Tool, to find good schools looking to enroll international students like you.

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