Hmm, I searched for colleges the same way I searched for residency programs. I started out by googling colleges that were nearby or places I thought I might be interested in based on pamphlets and e-mails they had sent me.
Another good starting point would be to talk to your school’s guidance counselor or about what you might be interested in majoring in, and they can probably suggest some schools with good programs that would be right for you.
After I had a list of about 10 schools, I made a huge chart that contained each school and their major stats along with personal pros and cons about the schools or the cities they were in.
Then I went and visited a few colleges that were within 4-5 hours driving distance from my hometown. That’s where I really decided which place I liked best. I went to one school that was my #1 on paper, and then totally hated it when I visited. Another school that was farther down my list, like number 4 or 5, ended up being my favorite. I got tons of scholarship money for that school, and since I applied early admission and got in very early, it ended up being the only place I applied to.
P.S. If you’re interested in medical school, try searching for some universities that have medical schools affiliated with them. It’s never too early to start building a name for yourself with med schools.
Good luck in your college hunting!