Cost of Attendance
It contains 235 columns of data including:
Just think how long it would take you to find and enter the data for 20 schools that you want to compare. Of course, you would have had to spent some time to get down to the 20 to begin with by searching on some of the same data you now want to compare.
So what’s the catch?
No catch but there are two things that you need to know.
The data is from IPEDS not the Common Data Set (CDS) used by US News College Rankings and the College Board.
So it won’t include breakdowns of admissions by SAT scores or GPA. It won’t include information on average amount of financial need met, percentage of classes by class size, or the percentage of students participating in Greek organizations.
That data is unique to the CDS. Of course, recently some of it has crossed the realm of uniqueness to fiction but that’s another story.
That’s why I started off by saying that about 80% of the data is readily available which brings me to the second thing you should know about this data.
You don’t have to buy it from me.
You can download it yourself for free at the IPEDS website. I even show you how to do it on my website.
However, I promise that even with step by step instructions, it will take six to ten hours to get all the variables I have into a nicely formatted spreadsheet. And that’s assuming that you do it right the first time.
So how much is your time worth?
Because you can download a copy of the spreadsheet for an introductory price of only $42.00.
That’s less than the average application fee for two colleges. And if you’re only applying to three colleges, don’t you want to make sure they’re three where you’ll get in, be happy, and maybe even get some merit money?
Think about how much time and money you are going to spend in applying to colleges.
You have to prep and take college entrance exams, write essays, possibly travel for interviews, request letters of recommendation, and pay application fees. Wouldn’t it make sense to also invest in finding the best colleges for you to apply to?
For $2, start searching and ranking colleges by the factors most important to you.
Best of all, if you are not happy with the spreadsheet for any reason, let me know within 60 days and I’ll refund your money, no questions asked.
For less than the cost of an AP Exam, you could spend your time comparing colleges instead of entering college data.
The spreadsheet is in Microsoft Excel 2007 format which requires Mac Excel 2011 to run on an apple. It includes the following variables:
Cost of Attendance