The College Scorecard

The College Scorecard

For students, higher education may be the single most important investment they can make in their futures to ensure they have the knowledge and skills needed to compete in an increasingly global marketplace. Experts say that by 2020, two-thirds of all jobs will require a postsecondary education; and college graduates are likely to earn a lot more and experience lower unemployment than those with only a high school diploma.

College Scorecard• The College Scorecard is an interactive college search tool created with direct input from students, families, and their advisers.

• The Scorecard provides the clearest, most accessible, and most reliable national data on college costs, graduation rates, typical debt levels, and post-college earnings. It is available to help students make informed choices about attending college.

• The College Scorecard is primarily designed for students and families, so the data are presented in an easy-to-understand graphical format.

• Students can also make specific searches based on what’s most important to them. For example, students can use the College Scorecard to find men- or women-only institutions, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities,
specific religious affiliations, schools that offer particular types of degrees and academic programs, and so much more.

• By making federal data on the performance of U.S. institutions widely available to the public, the U.S. Department of Education hopes that increased transparency will help support students as they pursue their academic and career goals through college education and seek to find the institutions that will give them the best chances for success.