When it comes to figuring out where to go to college, things just got a little easier thanks to a website launched by the Obama administration on Sunday.
The website, collegescorecard.ed.gov, gives details about undergraduate cost, average debt, graduation rate, salary after attending and much more. President Barack Obama spoke about the website on The White House Youtube channel.
“The country with the best educated workforce in the world is going to win the 21st century economy. I want that to be America,” Obama said in the video. “But as college costs and student debt keep rising, the choices that Americans make when searching for and selecting a college have never been more important. That’s why everyone should be able to find clear, reliable, open data on college affordability and value.”
When it comes to making money in Southeast Kansas and just over the state line, Pittsburg State University seems to beat out its counterparts: Emporia State University, Missouri Southern University and Fort Hays State University.
According to the data, graduates of a 4-year degree at PSU will earn an average salary of $38,200, Fort Hays was second with $37,400 and Missouri Southern was last with $32,800.
The data also shows PSU has a higher undergrad graduation rate at 51 percent. Fort Hays is second with 44 percent.
But, when it comes to cost, Missouri Southern had the lowest yearly average of $9,437, followed by Fort Hays at $11,268, then PSU at $12,040 and finally Emporia State at $13,332.
“There are colleges dedicated to helping students of all backgrounds learn without saddling them with debt,” Obama said in the video. “We should hold everyone to that standard. Our economic future depends on it.”
The site also has information about programs, demographics and a range of ACT scores for students admitted into the school. Links can also be found to apply for financial aid.
“This work is just beginning,” Obama said. “In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to improve the scorecard based on what we learn from students, parents, counselors and colleges themselves.”