As a university counselor with over 29 years experience and the father of two recent college graduates, I use the word ‘match’ when discussing the issue of college selection. With over 4,000 universities and colleges in North America and then thousands of other universities around the world the task of searching for that college ‘match’ can be daunting. Start by gathering information, visiting websites, conducting internet searches, requesting information, attending college presentations, and talking with friends and relatives who have gone through the process. As you sort through the mountains of information, take a look at what distinguishes one college or university from the next. Some criteria to consider would be to compare private vs. public, large vs. small, urban vs. rural, and distance from family or relatives as you may still be posted outside of your home country. My oldest child applied to schools in the U.S. from the West Coast to the East Coast and finally settled on a small liberal arts college in our home state. Our next college bound child decided to limit the selection of colleges to our home state, as there is a variety of colleges and universities from which to choose. An unexpected issue was where many of her friends were planning on going thinking she was missing out on something.