A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
To use PETERSON'S COLLEGE GUIDE, sign up by entering your name, phone number, email address, and a password. Then choose whether you will allow any schools to contact you or only schools you save. Choose undergraduate or graduate schools, and then answer some personal, demographic, and school-related questions. Add five dream schools to your search list. Search for other specific schools; tap the heart to save favorites. Read each school's stats: setting, size, tuition (in- and out-of-state), acceptance rate, "admission difficulty," application deadlines, and majors and degrees offered. A contact number and email address is listed at the bottom of each school's page.
Is it any good?
If you're looking for a searchable database of colleges and universities that includes basic information about each institution, this app works. However, Peterson's College Guide is a very simple app; there's no way to compare schools' stats side-by-side, or list choices by tuition costs or some other factor important to a particular student's search. What it may do is get your student a lot of marketing information. Users may want to select "only allow schools I save to contact me" to limit marketing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how to make a wise decision when choosing a college or university. What stats on Peterson's College Guide are important for your student to consider? What are some other features not included on this app that your student should look for when researching prospective schools?
Talk to your student about limiting how much marketing they get from schools by choosing which schools can contact them.
This app requires students to enter a lot of personal and demographic data. Read Common Sense Media's "Who is collecting my kid's data and what are they doing with it?" for more information on the topic of personal data collection and marketing.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
Responsibility & Ethics: fiscal responsibility, making wise decisions
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: August 30, 2017
- Category: Education
- Size: 46.30 MB
- Publisher: Peterson's
- Version: 2.5
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
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