Google launches education search feature in US

Google has entered into the education search space in a more determined way, introducing a new search feature for students looking for a university or a college course in the US.

When searching for an institution, information such as cost, admissions or graduation rates will be made available in the featured snipped directly on Search.

To design the feature, Google worked with education researchers, non-profit organisations and high-school counsellors to understand what information students need when researching their education options, he explained.

The new function also provides facilitated access to information about average cost after student aid is applied, and to statistics such as enrolment and graduation rates or typical annual income 10 years after enrolment.

The feature relies on public information form the US Department of Education’s College Scorecard and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, which provides data on all US 4-year colleges.