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!

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How do I decide where to apply? and to how many colleges?

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Build a college list that is unique to you!

Be sure your college application list has a strong base of Target and Likely schools! Building a list like the one illustrated in the pyramid above will help maximize acceptances and often times, scholarships as well!

So how do you know what is a Likely, Target or Reach school for YOU?

Use the tools below to see which colleges on your application list fall into teach category for YOU.

Create your own college list

College Data - Calculate your chances

Cappex - What are my chances?

Need more help building a college list that is unique to you? Contact your Counselor!

Avoid this Common Mistake...

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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

Read what students are saying! Niche provides student-written reviews similar to can search by college name or take their college quiz.

How to evaluate academic departments at colleges on your list.

Evaluating the Professors at a College

How much will college cost for my family?

TASK ONE - Have your parents fill out this Expected Family Contribution Calculator.

TASK TWO - When researching colleges use a Net Price Calculator (available on each college's website) to get an estimate of what your family will be expected to pay.

TASK THREE - Fill out the FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid in October of your senior year. This is the first step in being eligible for scholarships!

More Info on Understanding College Financing and tips for finding a great college that is a financial fit for you!

How can I maximize scholarship offerings?

TASK: Know your family's "Financial Profile" by getting an estimate of your family's Expected Family Contribution.

Once you know your EFC, View our tip sheet to find out if you should look for:

  • Colleges that offer a lot of merit aid? OR

  • Colleges that meet a great deal of financial need?

College Data's Financial Aid Tracker can help you find colleges likely to give YOU scholarships


Student Athletes pursuing collegiate athletics should see their counselor.

NCAA Information


Current MCHS NCAA Core Course list Enter CEEB Code 052862

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is an institution that promotes athletics as an integral component of academic learning. There are approximately 300 NAIA member colleges nationwide, out of which 23 are in California. helps future student-athletes discover and connect with NAIA schools, coaches and athletic scholarships. PlayNAIA is also the official clearinghouse for NAIA eligibility. Every student-athlete must register with the NAIA Eligibility Center to play sports at an NAIA college or university.

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

MCHS Counseling Department

Mrs. Bronson (last names A-F)

Mr. Whitlock (last names G-M)

Ms. Ferrer (last names N-T)

Mr. Baez (last names U-Z, AVID and ELL)

Ms. Tran (Career/Technical Ed and Special Programs)