College Stats

If you’ve never had the opportunity to take a statistics class – I implore you to take it. It’ll change your life, I swear. It might sound like the most boring class you’ve ever heard of – but it’s very, very fun and is one of the only classes you could take that would help you in the real world. You feel more alert for everything.

Probabilities and Statistics. (photo by Rob Ireton)

Probabilities and Statistics. (photo by Rob Ireton)

I say that, to tell you this: College Stats is one of the best websites you could go to for any given data about a college. All you have to do is either search for a college’s name or look by category – ie. by size, by price, etc… – search by state, or by specialty.

Picking a higher education institution doesn’t have to be simply a marketing and advertising technique. What people seem to forget is that the facts don’t have to convince anyone of what they are; they simply have to be. Whereas if you’re being marketed to, there’s something that needs convincing. I’d rather have the cold, hard facts when picking something like a college.

On their About Us page, they offer their origin story and tell you where they get their data from, which I will quote below:

The company was started in 2009 by three young, analytical-minded men, who wanted to take the confusion out of comparing colleges for the next generation.

About Our Data:

College Stats uses freely available data collected by the U.S. Deptartment of Education – something to supplement our own data and content. Most data reflected on the College Stats Web site was collected from The National Center of Education Statistics. The current data is from the 2006-2007 reporting years. We will continue to update the data as its released.

They also showcase featured colleges on their home page, which is nice if you want to just view some colleges that you may or may not have already heard of.

The one thing I would suggest that they update about their site is their home page, which I feel gives too much information. In fact, some of their information is duplicated on the left and right tables (tables, ie. web design lingo.) They should also make their links more accessible; especially considering they have a lovely blog – but there is no way to view past posts beyond the recent ones.

Anyway, besides all of that, the website is grand simply because it shows the facts. The statistics. The truth. These are all things you should rely on to help pick a college for yourself. To the readers out there who are seniors in high school – it’s almost time to start applying! Use this website to your advantage. Even though you’re not expected to know what you want to do – and hey, even I don’t know – this website will be one of the best tools of the trade.

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