Degrees offered are noted, and you can see lists of both the five most popular majors among 2012 graduates with the percentage of students who majored in them, and all majors offered that lead to a degree. Majors are arranged by category and listed alphabetically within categories.
The availability of other types of academic programs, including preprofessional, teaching certification and cooperative education programs, ROTC, learning communities and study abroad, are also noted.
If specific courses are required for graduation, they'll appear in this section.
What will your classmates be like? This section supplies the breakdown of full-time and part-time students, the male and female enrollments, the racial and ethnic makeup of the student body, the in-state and out-of-state populations, the percentage of students living on campus and the percentage who participate in fraternities and sororities.
All figures are for the 2012-2013 academic year. Note that numbers may not add up to 100 percent because of rounding.
• Housing: What types of college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing are available for undergraduates on campus? Are students required to live in campus housing? Where are the nearest airports and train and bus stations? Does public transportation serve campus?
During the 2012-2013 academic year what proportion of undergraduates worked on campus? How much can undergraduates expect to earn per year from part-time, on-campus work? All the information is for the 2012-2013 academic year.
• Sports: In this section, you'll find information about the school's intercollegiate varsity sports program. Is the school a member of either the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)? During the 2012-2013 academic year, how many intercollegiate varsity sports – and which ones – were offered for men and women?
• Clubs and Organizations: A sense of the extracurricular opportunities on campus can be gleaned from a list of major clubs and organizations, the numbers of fraternities and sororities and the proportion of undergraduates who are members. All the information is for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Campus Info and Services
In this section, you'll find out if students are permitted to have cars on campus, which student services are offered – counseling services, remediation and career-placement services, for example – an idea of the size of the library's collection and information on computer resources.
How many computers does the school have for students to use? Is a wireless network available to all students? Where on campus are computers available for student use? Campus security services are enumerated, too. All the information is for the 2012-2013 academic year.
• Disabled Students: Students with learning disabilities can find out whether the school offers a specific program for them and what services offered to learning-disabled students are available. All the information is for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Likewise, physically disabled students can find out about services provided and whether campus housing specifically for disabled students is available. All the information is for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Paying for School
One statistic you will surely want to know is the sticker price: tuition, room and board and required fees. We give figures for the 2013-2014 academic year. For public schools, we list both in-state and out-of-state tuition.
If data for the 2013-2014 academic year are not available, we show figures for 2012-2013. We also provide estimates of the cost of books and supplies, transportation and personal needs for the 2013-2014 academic year. In some cases, a comprehensive fee is listed, which includes tuition, room and board and other expenses.