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College Search Prep

Visiting a college campus?
Going to a college fair?
Meeting with a college counselor?
Texting with a current student?

Whether you're just beginning the college search or finishing the applications, prepare to ask the right questions -- of yourself and those you meet -- with a copy of CTCL's popular guide: "How to Choose a College That's Right for You."

CTCL Scholarship

The Colleges That Change Lives Scholarship was established in 2016 to honor the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Loren Pope’s classic book and the 10th anniversary of the non-profit organization, Colleges That Change Lives. CTCL will award two $6,000 scholarships in 2023.

Scholarship recipients will be notified via email on April 21, and we will share the news here in mid-May.

2023 College Fairs

This marks the 25th year that CTCL has offered a national series of information sessions and college fairs for students, parents, and counselors.

Join us for an engaging presentation and a college fair during which you can visit with each school's representatives and learn about the key elements and features that distinguish them as colleges that change lives.

Recommended Reading

We have curated this selection of articles and essays to inspire new thinking as well as to offer answers to the most common questions about today's college search and selection process. Whether you're just beginning to think about attending a college, prepping to submit an application, or supporting a student in your life, you'll want to check it out.

Search the CTCL Colleges

Personalized, student-centered experiences are at the heart of every Colleges That Change Lives education. While the CTCL member schools all share that mission, they are otherwise very distinctive from one another.

Whatever your heart (and mind!) desires, we invite you to search the CTCL colleges here online to find your very own transformative college experience.