The White House’s back-to-school present is a little different this year: a redesigned College Scorecard website that uses open data to help find you a school.
The site has a simple, clean design that lets you sort by things like size, location, and program, and then ranks the results for you. That’s where the good statistics comes in — colleges are ranked on the percentage of grads who earn more than high school grads, as well as things like annual cost, or salary after attending.
Click on a school, and you can break down information about costs, financial aid, and graduation rates. It’s not going to replace glossy college brochures advocating the Greek life, but as a more practical way to find a shortlist of worthwhile schools, it’s a good piece of design.