Web screenshot: Search for colleges by programs, location, size, name

Compare colleges and universities.

The College Scorecard is a resource provided by the US Department of Education in order to directly compare colleges and universities based on three important criteria: average cost, graduation rate, and salary after attending. Input information about what you’re looking for in a college in order to directly compare options available to you, ranked by highest score.

Web screenshot: examples of bar graphs comparing average annual cost, graduation rate, and salary

Taking a look at colleges early in high school can be important to understanding what classes to take and what GPA you should aim for. If your dream college requires an extra math class, or has an average admission GPA of 3.8, those are important things to know as early as freshman year so that you can plan for and achieve those goals.

Web screenshot: Individual bar graphs for annual cost, graduation rates and salary after attending

Handy graphics from the College Scorecard help you compare a school’s rates to the national average. But what do cost, graduation rate, and salary mean?

  • Average cost shows what the average student at your university of choice pays, in comparison to the national average
  • Graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduate from college, rather than drop out, compared to the national average
  • Salary after attending is the average annual income graduates of the university report, as compared to the national average