Google Search has added a feature that will streamline the process of searching for a college.
For high school students, finding the right four-year college can be a difficult task. Despite the abundance of information available online, it’s hard to know how to navigate admissions information, financial aid resources, and more.
And as college tuition rates continue to rise, prospective students are more concerned about the value they are receiving from their college education. But overwhelmed students might find unexpected relief from the popular search engine Google. Google Search is adding a new feature that aims to streamline the process of searching for the right college according to TechCrunch.
On June 12, the company announced that when users search Google for a four-year university, they will automatically receive information about admissions, campus life, graduation rates, and tuition rates. Students can also learn what SAT and ACT scores different schools looks for. This information will help students quickly rule out options that don’t seem to be the right fit.
Reasons Behind the Tool
Google executives cited a 2015 analysis from New America’s Education Policy Program, which found that 63 percent of prospective students feel overwhelmed when researching potential colleges and financial aid programs.
Google product manager Jacob Schonberg wrote a recent blog post acknowledging that searching for the right college can be a challenging process. Schonberg wrote, “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.”
How Does It Work?
When students use the Google search feature, they’ll receive the average cost for college after financial aid. They can also view a detailed summary broken down by household income.
And for students who are curious about a college’s success rates, Google will show the average student’s income 10 years after graduation. The search engine will also display facts about notable alumni, the student body, and will recommend similar colleges to help students expand their options.
According to Schonberg, four-year schools will automatically be added to the new search feature. Google said this information is publicly available from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.
Even with easier access to this information, prospective students should still do their own research. Finding the right college is a decision that is too important to leave solely in the hands of Google.