When searching for a 4-year U.S. college, like UCLA or Hamilton College, Google will return a Knowledge Graph card with information about admissions, cost, student life, and more. Google wants to make the process a little easier.
Google's offering is a solid option if you're not interested in buying a pricey book or magazine for information about the schools you're interested in.
The Google college search features are rolling out to mobile now, with desktop receiving some features as well.
The company notes that college-related information is often "scattered across the internet" and how "it's not always clear what factors to consider and which pieces of information will be most useful for your decision".
This new feature comes after Google previous year introduced job search tools in search.
Citing a report by New America, Google says that 64% of new and prospective college students were confused when looking into schools and checking out financial aid options.
Users can see the average costs of colleges after financial aid is applied, as well as view the typical costs for students based on their families' household income brackets to get a better sense of tuition figures.
According to Jacob Schonberg, Google's product manager for search, the new tool will let you type the name of any four-year college or university into the Google search box and then provide you with pertinent information about the school. But now students can see information about graduation rates, and even average salary for graduates 10 years after enrollment, within the search app. As well as public data from the government, education researchers and nonprofit organizations were also used to source the relevant details.
To simplify this, Knowledge Graph cards for 4-year colleges in the US will now include information about admission, cost, majors, outcomes, student life, rankings, and notable alumni.
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