Web sites promising to make the college search quicker, easier, and more accurate are popping up so frequently these days that users might need an additional service just to filter through the sites themselves.
Campus Explorer is one of the newest college-search sites to hit the Web. In addition to the usual features that let users search for and compare colleges, the site can analyze a prospective student’s GPA, test scores, and extra-curricular activities to estimate whether he or she will be accepted into various institutions. The site then labels each college or university on a student’s list as a “reach,” a “target,” or a “safety.”
Campus Explorer is user-friendly and offers an extensive database of four-year, two-year, and technical colleges. Most of its information comes from Wikipedia and the institutions themselves, however, which differentiates it from sites that seek student input and calls into question both the accuracy and objectivity of its entries. — Caitlin Moran