Google wants to make the college search easier

Screenshots of Google College Search in action on a mobile device

When you search for a four-year U.S. college, it'll highlight information about the college's admission rate, cost, graduation rate, average cost after student aid is applied, and other data that could help you make a choice.

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 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". Google hopes to make it a little easier by introducing new cards in Search that will show information about admissions and cost of various colleges, plus what student life is like in each location.

Google rolled out a new feature Tuesday created to make it easier for prospective students to search for that ideal college.

This app wants you to ace your college search.

Google unveils tool to help you find the perfect college
Google wants to make searching for college less of a headache

Rather than showing the average cost of tuition, Google has opted to show the average cost after financial aid is applied.

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.

Finding all of this information about cost, acceptance and graduation rates, available majors, stats about the student body and other details like the typical annual income of graduates after 10 years can be very time-consuming.

Information contained in these Knowledge Graph cards is sourced using public information from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). It's primarily designed for mobile, but there are also some new features on desktop. The search giant also worked closely with education researchers, nonprofit organizations and admissions professionals to create a comprehensive database.

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