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Helping students find their perfect college

Authority is building the most comprehensive college student resource in the world.

About our data sources

Insights that makes sense

We don't simply regurgitate endless tables of data like most platforms. Instead, we consume absurd amounts of data from diverse sources, then combine these into digestible summaries and insights, presenting only what matters most.

The quality of a university of course has a significant impact on the college experience, but we find attributes like weather, hiking, snowboarding, surfing, food, the arts and college sports are just as important.

That's why in 2023 we'll be launching a massive overhaul of our content, geared specifically at helping students find their perfect match, not just academically, but for each student's lifestyle as well.

Holistic Data

Effective use of data from numerous authoritative sources means our conclusions represent the entirety of the student experience.

Clarity is King

We simplify the college search with rankings and profiles which present college data so it can easily be understood.

Extensive Data Analytics

Our algorithms are constantly fine tuned and evaluated by our team of data scientists and recent college grads to provide the most accurate representation of the college experience.

Data Source Lists

Comprehensive Data on Colleges

Powered by Millions of Data Points from Authoritative Sources

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System

Updated 2022

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The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) provides comprehensive data on admissions, demographics, finances, amenities, and more. Participation in the IPEDS survey is required for all institutions who receive federal financial aid.

The National Student Loan Data System

Updated 2022

The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the central database for Federal Student Aid (FSA). It is the best source for postsecondary loan, grant, and financial information.

The Office of Postsecondary Education

Updated 2022

The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) collects and monitors data regarding access to college and the general improvement of postsecondary education. OPE is an office of the United States Department of Education.

The United States Department of the Treasury

Updated 2022

The United States Department of the Treasury (USDT) provides data pertaining to student income and student loans after college. This data provides insight into the diversity and upward mobility opportunities.