Google Search can help you decide on which college to attend

Donna Miller
June 13, 2018

When you search for a four-year United States college, it'll highlight information about the college's admission rate, cost, graduation rate, average cost after student aid is applied, and other data that could help you make a choice.

Google rolled out a new feature Tuesday created to make it easier for prospective students to search for that flawless college.

Google's offering is a solid option if you're not interested in buying a pricey book or magazine for information about the schools you're interested in.

Google is applying its penchant for organizing the world's information and making it easily accessible to the highly stressful area of choosing a college. "Information is scattered across the internet, and it's not always clear what factors to consider and which pieces of information will be most useful for your decision". The average cost of tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 school year was $34,740 at private colleges, $9,970 for state residents at public colleges, and $25,620 for out-of-state residents attending public universities - excluding meal costs, housing and school supplies - according to the College Board.

Google unveils tool to help you find the perfect college

Figuring out which college you should go to is a daunting task, but Google is rolling out some new search features today that will make your life much easier.

To give people an idea about the return on their college investment, Google will also show data about graduation rates and typical annual income 10 years after enrollment. You can also check out information about the student body demographics, notable alumni, how the school ranks on various lists, and similar colleges you might also want to check out.

Google says it worked with everyone from colleges to high school students and counselors to determine what kind of information the search should bring up. This new widget puts all of this data right into the sidebar (on desktop) or at the top of the page (on mobile). This data comes from the U.S. Department of Education, while Google is working with researchers and nonprofit organizations to improve the available information.

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