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Google simplifies finding colleges w/ admission info, cost summary, & more in Search

13 June 2018

Announced today on Google's blog, the college search features give you a concise look at four-year colleges across the U.S. With only one search query, you can see basic information like the school's location and website, as well as more in-depth stats like the average cost of tuition after aid, the graduation rate, and the admission rate.

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. "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. That's why we're bringing a new feature to Search to help you navigate the college search process".

Google college search started rolling out on Tuesday. 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.

The idea here is somewhat similar to what Google did with its job search feature. The company notes that it worked with research and nonprofit organizations, as well as high school counselors and admissions professional to design the new experience.

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Rather than showing the average cost of tuition, Google has opted to show the average cost after financial aid is applied.

To simplify this, Knowledge Graph cards for 4-year colleges in the US will now include information about admission, cost, majors, outcomes, student life, rankings, and notable alumni.

Google claims that the information for each school comes from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), a comprehensive data set available for four-year colleges. It's primarily designed for mobile, but there are also some new features on desktop.

Google simplifies finding colleges w/ admission info, cost summary, & more in Search