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Have fun exploring colleges and universities in the chart below. Look for schools that are green (meeting students’ financial needs) and up high (graduating a high percentage of students). If you hover over a dot, you’ll learn all about that school, You can filter the schools by state or to one of our special groupings. If you like tables better than graphs, you can swap views.

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Here are some details about the four measurements that are used for each school’s dot in the chart.
Ididio calculates a selectivity rating using the relative performance of each college or university’s students’ SAT/ACS scores and/or high school grade point averages along with the percentage of applicants who are accepted for admission. A selectivity rating of 0 corresponds to open admission institutions. The data that informs our choices is from IPEDs, Peterson’s Databases copyright 2018 Peterson’s All rights reserved, and Common Data Set. Schools to the left are not selective, and schools to the right have rigorous admissions standards.
The percentage of Pell recipients receiving any degree within 8 years is reported from IPED’s Outcomes section for the 2017-2018 academic year. This statistic includes all students who enrolled, inclusive of part-time and transfer students. We use the federal Pell grant status as a way to evaluate the financial need of each school’s student body. In reality, financial need criteria vary from school to school, and the Pell status provides us with a uniform way to assess need. Schools at the bottom of the graph should be avoided: these institutions are graduating a very small percentage of those who enroll. Those at the top have the best graduation rates. The dark shading indicates the middle 50% of graduation rates for colleges and universities offering bachelor’s degrees. The lightly-shaded regions show the rates for all but the top and bottom 10% of schools.
The percentage of Pell students is reported from IPED’s Financial Aid section for the 2017-2018 academic year and is also inclusive of part-time and transfer students. Small dots in the chart correspond to colleges and universities that admit very few students with need, and large dots correspond to schools who are educating large percentages of students with need.
The percentage of need met is data reported to Peterson’s by each college or university that chooses to participate and that is licensed to Ididio from Peterson’s Databases copyright 2018 Peterson’s All rights reserved. Each institution may define need and need met by its own metrics. You’ll notice that many colleges do not choose to participate in the Peterson’s survey and are shown in gray. If you qualify for financial aid, you will benefit from attending the schools corresponding to green dots.
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