February 9, 2022

Creating the College List

Class 101-Dayton OH South assisted the Class of 2022 in applying to more than 125 colleges and universities in 29 different states and the District of Columbia. 

A number of factors help our students define their college lists: location and geography, the student’s college fit preferences, family expectations, and academic program information. For a few students, their area of study has to be a primary consideration. If they would like to major in something few schools offer, then the college list is first shaped by the student’s area of interest. Extracurricular interests like sports or music might also narrow the list. At times, family legacy is a primary influence on the list. For the majority of our students, we start with a very broad list of schools, and we advise our students to tour a smaller school (less than 5,000 students), a mid-sized school (5,000 to 10,000 students), a large school (10,000 to 20,000 students), and an extra-large school (more than 20,000 students). Our lists will often include urban, suburban, and rural options, and we talk about the importance of visiting the community as much as visiting the college. 

With all applications submitted, our students take time to evaluate and compare their schools again through a more personal lens. In February, our seniors will compare programs of study for requirements and electives, including reading the course descriptions of classes they are likely to take in their freshman year. We encourage in person or virtual visits to talk with professors and students. Using their top expectations for college, they rank schools on their college list for opportunities including study abroad programs, honors programs, housing options, internships and co-ops, undergraduate research opportunities and grants, and extracurriculars. At Class 101, we are examining colleges’ post-graduate outcome statistics with our students, and we review and revise the factors that each individual student deems important to his or her decision. It is not uncommon for students’ preferences to change during senior year, which is why a broad and well-researched list of colleges is so important.

If you are wondering where to start with your student’s college list, here’s where Class 101-Dayton OH South students in the Class of 2022 applied: 

Anderson University

Appalachian State University 

Arizona State University 

Auburn University 

Baldwin-Wallace University

Ball State University 

Belmont University 

Boise State University

Bowling Green State University

Brigham Young University 

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Butler University 

Capital University 

Carnegie Mellon University

Case Western Reserve University 

Cedarville University 

Centre College

Chapman University 

Clemson University 

Coastal Carolina University 

College of Charleston

DePaul University  

Duke University 

Eastern Kentucky University 

Emory University 

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida State University 

Fordham University

George Washington University 

Georgia Institute of Technology

Harvard University

High Point University 

Huntington University 

Indiana State University 

Indiana University-Bloomington

IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis)

Indiana Wesleyan University

John Carroll University 

Johns Hopkins University 

Kent State University at Kent

Kettering College of Medical Arts

Kettering University

Lawrence Technological University

Lee University

Lipscomb University

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

Loyola University of Chicago

Malone University 

Marietta College

Marquette University

Miami University-Oxford

Michigan State University 

Morehead State University 

Mount St. Joseph University 

Muskingum University 

New York University 

Northern Kentucky University 

Northwestern University 

Ohio Northern University 

Ohio State University

Ohio University

Ohio Wesleyan University 

Otterbein University 

Pennsylvania State University

Pepperdine University

Purdue University

Rice University

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Saint Cloud State University 

Saint Louis University-Main Campus

Saint Mary’s College

Sinclair Community College

Stanford University

Syracuse University

Texas Christian University 

The College of Wooster

The University of Alabama

The University of Findlay 

The University of Tampa

The University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Thomas More College

Tulane University

United States Air Force Academy

University of California-Berkeley

University of California-Los Angeles

University of Central Florida

University of Chicago

University of Cincinnati

University of Dayton

University of Evansville

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Indianapolis

University of Kentucky

University of Louisville

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of Mississippi 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

University of Notre Dame

University of Oklahoma 

University of Oregon 

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

University of Rochester

University of South Carolina-Columbia

University of Southern California

University of the Cumberlands

University of Toledo

University of Utah

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Utah State University 

Utah Valley University 

Valparaiso University 

Vanderbilt University 

Washington University in St Louis

West Virginia University 

Wheaton College

Wilmington College

Wittenberg University 

Wright State University

Xavier University

Yale University 

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