The College Search

Get Started with the Right Questions

Everyone's path is different...

And we encourage you to follow the path that fits you! But where do you start?


Recognizing that everyone is at a different stage in this process, we organized this resource page around our most frequently asked questions from students.


Break this college research into small chunks and start with whatever question applies to you!

How can I tell if a college is a "Good College"?

It depends on what is important to you! Data to consider looking into:


  • 4 year graduation rates
  • Student Satisfaction rates (Retention Rates)
  • Graduate School admittance rates
  • School Safety Statistics
  • Percentage of students given scholarships
  • Average indebtedness upon graduation
  • Employment rates following graduation
  • Average salary of graduates
  • Net Price for your family


Tools we recommend to easily find this information:

College Scorecard
College Navigator
College Data


Also consider these sites that have a ranking methodology that includes the criteria above.

Niche Best Colleges


How to evaluate academic departments at colleges on your list.

As always, let us know how we can help! Email your Counselor with questions!

MCHS Counseling Department

Mrs. Bronson (last names A-F) kbronson@powayusd.com

Mr. Whitlock (last names G-M) hwhitlock@powayusd.com

Ms. Ferrer (last names N-T) cferrer@powayusd.com

Mr. Baez (last names U-Z, AVID and ELL) vbaez@powayusd.com