Google today announced a number of new features for students looking for more information about U.S. colleges. Last year, Google Search introduced new widgets with information about four-year universities. Today, it is expanding this to two-year colleges.
The company says that searches for “community colleges near me” saw a 120% increase in the past two years, with overall searches for college information spiking between August and the fall, as high school students get ready to apply.
With this update, students can now easily compare the tuition cost, acceptance rates and other information of four and two-year schools. The feature will now also show popular certificates and associate programs offered at four-year universities, and students can create lists of schools that specialize in specific fields and filter them based on distance (which often matters because many community college students, for example, stay close to home) and size.
“We’ve continued to work with education researchers, experts and nonprofit organizations, high school counselors, and admissions professionals to build a useful experience that is attuned to the needs of students, and we will continue to find new ways to make information more easily available and helpful as you search for your future education opportunities,” the company notes in today’s announcement.