For Students & Families

"The college counselors are very supportive. They want you to make the decision for yourself and they provide the right amount of attention for that. They're also good at finding schools. The school I'm going to wasn't really on my radar before I started working with my college counselor and it's the ideal school for me."
- Kent Denver Alumni

11 students from the class of 2022 wear college tees showing their chosen schools

"I think I had a very successful process because I was able to get good advice without feeling pressured to apply to a certain school a certain way. It was very much my process."
- Kent Denver Alumni


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College Search Resources

Maia Learning:
College Board’s Big Future:
Peterson’s Guide:
Princeton Review:
College search engines that allow you to explore colleges/universities by location, type of school, majors/programs, etc.

College information from students (photos and video included).

The Common Application:
A search engine and an application for nearly 700 colleges and universities.

The Coalition Application:
The Coalition provides a single platform of online tools to assist in the experience of researching and applying to its nearly 100 colleges.

Colleges That Change Lives:
Information about outstanding liberal arts and sciences colleges, including recommendations on how to do a college search.


Visiting Colleges 

Close to home is a great place to start your search, even if you are sure that you want to attend college out of state. There are many colleges and universities right here in Colorado that can provide students with a sense of small, medium and large, public and private institutions without incurring major travel expenses. Visits to schools in Colorado can help you determine which kind of out-of-state schools are worth the trip.

Small Liberal Arts & Science College: Colorado College (private), Ft. Lewis College (public)
Large Public Research University: CU Boulder, CU Denver, Colorado State University, or University of Northern Colorado
Mid-size Private Religiously-Affiliated University: Regis University
Mid-size Public Research University: Univ. of Colorado, Colorado Springs; Metropolitan State University, Western Colorado University
Mid-size Private Research University: University of Denver
Technical/specialized school: Colorado School of Mines
US Military Academy: United States Air Force Academy
Two-Year College Options: Colorado Mountain College (various campuses), Community College of Denver

Before visiting colleges out of state you might research schools of interest via YouVisit, which offers virtual college visits in addition to the increasingly robust virtual options on individual college websites.

If you are looking for possible itineraries in Massachusetts, Northern California or Southern California, consider these options. If you are interested in itineraries for other cities, please reach to one of the college counselors as we are happy to help you map out a trip.


Financial Aid & Scholarships




Maia Learning

Common Application

ACT Registration Information

SAT Registration Information

NCAA Eligibility Center

KDS College Counseling & Independent Counselors

Kent Denver Families: More information from our College Counseling team is Available on our password-protected Parent Portal.