Do I have to be signed in to use the MatchMe2U tool?
Because our matching tool is only available to subscribers, you do need to be signed in to use it.
Where does the data on colleges in the search and matching tools come from?
Basic facts, such as the incoming SAT scores of students or student body makeup, come from the NCES website, which is a publicly available database of information submitted to the federal government by individual colleges and universities. Our survey data is proprietary and reflects the points of view of alumni of each college or university profiled.
Which schools are included, or not, and why?
Our website includes data on over 1,500 four-year public and private colleges and universities, including the military academies. This information can be accessed using the advanced search. Over time we will add more and more schools to our rankings. If an accredited four-year college or university is not included in our ranking, it means we do not have sufficient survey responses from alumni of this institution to be statistically significant and confident in the data.
We do not include for-profit, online, or community colleges in this ranking because we feel that students considering these colleges are looking for different things from their education, and are likely to be comparing their options among those types of schools, as opposed to comparing them to more traditional four-year schools.
Do I have to answer all the questions in the MatchMe2U calculator to run a search?
No. You should only select the things that are important to you in order to ensure a custom match. If, for example, you do not care about the Alumni Giving Rate, you can skip that attribute.
What is the slider?
The slider allows you to say how important any individual factor is to you. Move it to the left if the factor in question is not important to you. Move it to the right if the factor is important to you. The farther you move the slider in either direction, the greater, or lesser, the weight assigned to that factor.