Unbranded Resources

We want to provide you with all the tools you need to create your own college search process. If you haven't read our book, The Unbranded Student: Reclaiming Your College Search, we suggest you start there.

If you've read the book, you know that your first step is self discovery. Use The Unbranded Brief: Student Personality Profile to log your personality and passion results. If you need a sample of how to fill one out, look at this example.

Once you have reflected on who you are, use The Unbranded College Search Matrix. You'll need to print one for each school you are evaluating. See an example of how one might be filled out here.


Personality Inventory

Myers-Briggs

To take a Myers-Briggs test and read about your type, start here.

Alternatively, visit PsychCentral for a free version.

Enneagram

To get a detailed overview of the Enneagram and find your type, start with The Enneagram Institute. There are also a number of great books and podcasts that go deeper into the Enneagram approach; just search Google for more than you'll ever need.

Big Five

To learn more about the Big Five personality traits model and take a test, visit Mind Tools.

CliftonStrengths

To read more about CliftonStrengths, visit their website. Buckingham and Clifton also wrote a stellar book specifically for students called CliftonStrengths for Students.


resource tools

Bureau of Labor Statistics: You’ll find a wide variety of topics covered on the bureau’s website, including employment, wages, and various industry data.

Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS): The TICAS website is a great place to research student debt and financial aid at both the national level and the state level.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS): IPEDS conducts research and provides data on postsecondary students, faculty, staff, and resources. You can find a wealth of information on their website about graduation rates, student enrollment, financial aid availability, and much more.

The College Scorecard: The College Scorecard is a great way to access college information collected by the U.S. Department of Education. Here is where you can find information on the average cost of attendance, average debt at graduation, and average first-year salary for alumni.