Online Tools for Comparing Colleges
you’re planning to continue your education after high school, you may be
wondering: how do 2- or 4-year colleges and universities stack up against each
other? Are they affordable? How likely are their students to transfer—or to
graduate? How diverse are the faculty and student populations?
websites have tools for comparing data from public and private post-secondary
schools. The sites allow users to search by state, school name, school type,
and other variables. These sites include the following:
• College InSight (college-insight.org)
highlights data on schools’ affordability, diversity, and student success.
Users can browse and compare data from four sources at the college, state, and
national levels, choosing search criteria to focus in greater depth.
• College Measures
(collegemeasures.org) aims to improve higher education through better access to
information. The site draws from multiple data sources to show schools’
performances in areas such as student success, school efficiency and
productivity, and graduates’ pay and debt.
• College Navigator
(nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator)can help college-bound students find the right
school. Using data primarily from a program for the National Center for Education
Statistics, the website allows users to build and compare lists of schools,
export search results to a spreadsheet, find schools
an interactive map, and more.
• College Results Online
(collegeresults.org), a Web
from the Education Trust, provides information about college graduation rates.
The site lets users compare colleges by many criteria, including graduation
rates, financial aid, student cost, and admissions data.
on each of these sites is available for free, without registration. Other
sites, however, require registration for some searches or may filter search
results to benefit their advertisers or sponsors. As with using any online
search engine, consider the source when evaluating