Plan for College

Information for Middle and High School Students

You can never start thinking about or preparing for college too early. Use the grade appropriate timelines listed to the left to help you keep your middle and high school courses and other activities on track as you plan for the next academic year and your college applications. The college search worksheet is another tool to help you as you begin to select colleges to apply to.

 If you have an idea about what you want to study, go to the Find Academic Programs section of this site where you can research bachelor’s and associate degree programs offered by private colleges and universities in New York State. Additionally, the View College Profiles section offers a wealth of information about more than 100 private, not-for-profit colleges and universities.

Choosing the right college requires thought, planning, and information. Start early, and keep an open mind. You’ll discover a college that suits you!

Information for Transfer Students

Many of New York’s private, not-for-profit colleges and universities welcome transfer students. Use the information and the searchable database on the Transfer Students page to discover transfer options at many private colleges. 

Information for International Students

New York’s private colleges and universities are truly global communities, welcoming students from around the world. If you are an international student looking to study in the U.S., use this page to help plan your studies and the process to gain entry to the U.S. 

Information for Veteran/Military Students

Many private, not-for-profit colleges and universities in New York serve veterans entering college for the first time or those returning to college to further their education. Use this information to help organize your steps to entering college after your military service.