Looking for schools? Ask Google

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Figuring out where to go for college is a big decision. Google wants to make the process a little easier.

The web giant has begun with the emergence of useful information about colleges in the search results. Search for a 4-year-old AMERICAN college such as Yale University, UCLA, or Spelman College, and you will see an overview of that school from Wikipedia, as well as the data of the U.S. Department of Education as the average cost after student aid, graduation and acceptance rates, and much more.

“The process to find the right school for your… can be confusing,” Google Product Manager Jacob Schonberg wrote in a Tuesday blog post. “The information is scattered all over the internet, and it is not always obvious which factors to consider and which parts of information will be most useful for your decision. That is the reason why we bring a new feature to Search to help you navigate through the college search process.”

Google also shows the typical SAT and ACT scores schools are looking for the average cost to attend based on your household income, the most popular majors among recent graduates, and the typical annual income 10 years after registration. You can also view information about the student body demographics, notable alumni, how the school ranks on different lists, and similar colleges you might also want to check out.

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This new feature comes after Google last year introduced job search tools in the search results. Just type “jobs near me,” “teaching jobs”, or similar search in Google to see what is available in your area, including the estimated pay scales.

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