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College Search Spreadsheet Template

Here's the college search spreadsheet template you need to keep all your admission and application info organized! Download the free resource here.

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Researching colleges? Keep track of them all with this handy spreadsheet. College search spreadsheets are magical. They let you keep track of all your college info and compare it easily. With tools like Google Drive and Dropbox, you can access your spreadsheets all the time on your phone and laptop. You can even color-code the fields if you want to get really wild. We tell students to make a spreadsheet for their college search all the time (it came up three times in our Ultimate Guide to the College Search alone!). But after we looked online and saw there weren’t many sample college search spreadsheets out there, we decided we needed to take matters into our own hands.

Download our free College Search Spreadsheet

So here it is, a College Search Spreadsheet template for the world to use. You can use it as is or make it your own with all of the college search criteria that are important to you.

Please note: This is our example template, so we can't grant you access to edit this specific document. But you can download the Google Sheets file to your own computer to make your own personal copy, copy and paste the fields into a new document, or just look at it for inspiration. Click the image to view the Google Doc:

College search spreadsheet

Adding schools to your spreadsheet

What colleges should you add to your College Search Spreadsheet? Any ones that interest you, including safety, match, and reach schools! If you're still not sure where to start, check out our featured colleges. We've partnered with these schools to make the college search easier for you; all you have to do is click a school's green "Yes, connect me" button and we'll let them know that you're interested; then they'll get in touch with you with more information! This one-click recruitment feature helps you demonstrate your interest and gets you on a school's radar ahead of the admission process.

PS: You'll need to register on CollegeXpress to connect with our featured schools and download our College Search Spreadsheet. If you haven't signed up already, you can create a personalized account here. It's free to join and lets you access all our resources, connect with colleges quickly and easily, and enjoy other perks to simplify your life as a student.

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