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Google launches college stat search box for prospective students

Google launched a new feature today thatll let users view all the information they might want about a college directly in Search. Prospective students typically have to scour a colleges website to figure out student body demographics, tuition costs, and aid possibilities. Now, Google pulls all that data to provide stats on the average cost of schooling after student aid is applied, including how that breaks down by income, as well as graduation rates and students typical annual income 10 years out of school. Potential students can also explore enrollment rates, notable alumni, and similar colleges. This only applies to four-year colleges in the US. Part of the Search data comes from the US Department of Educations College Scorecard and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Google says. But it also worked with education researchers and nonprofit organizations, high school counselors, and admissions professionals to build the feature. Its rolling out on mobile today with some features on desktop.

Google wants to make the college search easier

Google Search is getting an update today that will put data about colleges front and center when you search for a schools name. The idea here is somewhat similar to what Google did with its job search feature. In this case, the company aggregates data about a school thats typically hard to find and then presents it in a single widget. One caveat here, though, is that this only works for four-year schools. So if youre looking for data about community colleges, for example, this new tool wont help you. Finding all of this information about cost, acceptance and graduation rates, available majors, stats about the student body and other details like the typical annual income of graduates after 10 years can be very time-consuming. This new widget puts all of this data right into the sidebar (on desktop) or at the top of the page (on mobile). Google is mostly getting this data from the U.S. Department of Educations College Scorecard and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. 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. This new feature is now live and should automatically pop up when you search for any four-year school in the U.S.