The Feds Want to Help You Find a College

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Interested in pursuing a career in tech, and need a two- or four-year degree? The federal government has just launched a redesigned College Scorecard, which offers up years’ worth of data on thousands of colleges and universities.

“The [development] teams… went to work with the federal government’s data from over 7,000 colleges and universities, going back 18 years,” is how the White House explained the website’s creation in a new blog posting, “and integrated the data into an open API that would be the engine for the site and also the source of open data for external software developers or researchers who want to make tools with the data.”

The White House takes evident pride in the fact that College Scorecard is built atop of open data: “It’s common practice for America’s best tech companies, and a modern approach for the government.”

For those contemplating a degree in computer science, engineering, or a related discipline, College Scorecard offers the ability to filter schools based on size, degree programs, location, and more. Data on offer includes average annual cost, graduation rate, graduates’ average salary, SAT scores, and other information that could help prospective students make a decision.

While that data includes a school’s most popular programs and available areas of study, it doesn’t provide a deep dive into the particulars of those programs; you’ll be able to see that a university offers a CS degree, but not whether it specializes in a particular sub-discipline such as app building or UX. For example, Carnegie Mellon University, located outside of Pittsburgh, is especially strong in robotics and artificial intelligence, but you’d need to do additional research to find that out.

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