Summer is a great time to research schools. So today I want to share a great online resource to help you evaluate colleges. It’s called COLLEGEdata.
COLLEGEdata can provide a ton of information on any college. I think it’s more indepth than what you can find by heading to the College Board and accessing a college’s profile through its College Search function.
I was demonstrating what you can discover on COLLEGEdata today with a high school student. To see how the site works, she asked me to check out Oberlin College, a school that’s on her list..
To obtain information on a school, I clicked on College Match on the site’s home page. I then typed in Oberlin College near the top of the page that’s in the Match by Name section. Here’s what you’ll see initially:
Next I clicked on the Oberlin College hyperlink and here is the top of the page that we saw. (I couldn’t capture the entire page.)
From this page I clicked on the categories at the top that includes Admission, Money Matters and Academics to delve into each area.
When clicking on the Admission category, I found Oberlin’s rankings of 19 admission factors and which the admission staff considers a big deal and those they don’t. You will also find a breakdown on Oberlin freshmen’s grade point averages and test scores and other info.
Since paying for college is daunting for most parents, I always head to a school’s Money Matters section. Oberlin College is especially generous. As you can see, the 472 freshmen who required financial aid had their full need met. Only a few dozen schools in the country can match that. What’s more, most of the need-based aid came in the form of a need-based gift or grant that is free money. The average need-based grant is $26,734.
The school also awards merit aid to some wealthy students, who don’t qualify for need-based aid. The average award is $11,812.
Now is a good time to start researching schools. It’s better to do the research well before you ever finalize your college list.