Five metrics you don’t want to miss when researching colleges

tips on researching collegesIt’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sea of data that you’ll find on college websites, but what’s really important to you? Often it comes down to key facts: What are the costs? And what will I get for all that money? To that end, we put together a quick list of questions you should be able to answer before applying to college:

•    How much will I really have to pay to attend this school? The U.S. Department of Education has created a College Affordability and Transparency website that makes it easy to see the net price of college across public and private colleges. You can even see how much their costs are increasing.

•    How does their graduation rate stack up against other schools? Check out the Chronicle of Higher Education’s College Completion website to find out.

•    Where will you get the most value? Kiplinger’s offers some great insights with their lists of top value schools.

•    How safe is the campus? The Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool makes it easy to see crime statistics by campus or across a group of campuses.

•    How much financial aid do students receive? CollegeInSight makes it easy to see information at-a-glance key data such as average financial aid package, affordability, diversity, and student success.

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