These web sites can help.

There are many important factors to consider when selecting a college. Cost and the availability of financial aid are certainly two of the biggest factors, but size, acceptance and graduation rates should also be considered. Here are a few reputable web sites you can use to narrow your search.

College Navigator
This database, created by the U.S. Department of Education, has significant amounts of data with statistics. You can even see each college’s average cost for students of different income levels.

College Board
Enter the name of a college and you’ll get information about its size, cost, acceptance rate, gender breakdown of students and financial aid offerings.

College InSight
This site’s information is similar to the College Board’s but allows you to compare universities simultaneously.

Just click on the name of an institution to see what grants it offers for various majors.

College Week Live
This site claims to be the world’s largest online college fair. It’s used by budget-conscious schools, and you can use the site to speak to admission officers as if you were on campus.

College Results Online
Discover the four-, five- and six-year graduation rates for most institutions. Peer lists are generated automatically, making it easy to compare schools.

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