The professors here have done a pretty average job of explaining things.
Talk about… how well they explain things in class, at office hours, whether the assignments help you learn, whether you're provided with good resources that help you learn etc. Stratify into best, worst and average case scenarios, and talk about how often each scenario occurs.
Public colleges are funded by the state government and are cheaper for in-state residents to attend than for out-of-state residents. They're usually bigger, less expensive, and have better sports teams than Private colleges.
4-year colleges offer Bachelors degrees and are what you normally think of when you think "college". 2-year colleges are community colleges, and offer Associates degrees.
National Universities are bigger and more focused on research. Liberal Arts Colleges are smaller and more focused on teaching.
A college will usually divide it's academic year up into one of the following segments:
Two 15-week semesters.
Three 10-week quarters.
Three trimesters that divides the academic year into three equal portions of 10–11 weeks each. (I don't get what makes that different from the quarter system.)
A one-month term sandwiched in-between two 4-month terms for the 4-1-4 system. The one-month term often lets students do independent study, study abroad, internships, activities, or focus on one or two classes.
The percentage of freshman who return for their sophomore year. A low freshman retention rate might mean that students didn't like the school, and decided to transfer.
ROTC is a program where the government pays for college for you, and in return, you spend some time in college training for the corresponding program, and a few years after college serving in it. The 3 ROTC programs are Air Force, Army, and Navy. See wikipedia for more information.
This shows which graduate programs are ranked in the top 25 by US News. This indicates that the department is good at research and is prestigious, but not necessarily that it is good at teaching undergraduates.
Where Graduates Go
Where graduates go within 1 year of getting their bachelors degree.
Live on Campus
The percentage of undergraduates who live in on-campus housing (ie. dorms and university appartments), and the percentage of freshman who live in on-campus housing.
Average Annual Cost By Income Level
Costs are all-inclusive (they include tuition, fees, room & board, books etc.), and they take scholarships and financial aid into account.
Lower income students generally pay less because they get more financial aid.
The range is the 25th percentile to the 75th percentile. This means that 25% of the most recently admitted freshman class scored below the range, 50% scored within it, and 25% scored above it.
The composite SAT scores are math + reading (excludes writing). The composite ACT scores are obtained by averaging all 4 subject areas together (doesn't exclude anything).
Underneath the scores, it shows what percentage of applicants submitted the SAT/ACT with their application (a lot of schools let you choose if you want to submit the SAT, ACT, both, or neither).
SAT/ACT Score Ranges
Shows what percentage of students were in each score range. Ex. 65% of students scored between 700 and 800 on the math section of their SATs.
Percent Admitted who Enroll
Say you apply to 10 schools, and are admitted (got in) to 6. You then decide which one you want to enroll in (go to). Note that you applied to more schools than you enrolled in. Because of this, when colleges accept applicants, only a portion of them will decide to enroll.
Very Important, Important, Considered
These are the criteria that the schools admissions office considers to be very important, important, and considered.
Some high schools rank their students, usually based on their weighted GPAs.
This section shows what percentage of students where ranked in the top tenth of their high school, top quarter, and top half.