Online Aid for Making ‘The Decision,’ From a College Freshman – NYTimes.com

Online Aid for Making ‘The Decision,’ From a College Freshman – NYTimes.com

On the site, which is called collegepick.us, students are prompted to enter the names of as many colleges as they like, followed by factors that may be important to them — including “cost,” “food,” “housing,” “size,” “music,” and “future value.” Applicants are then asked to “weigh” those factors — telling the site, for example, whether “scuba is more important than food or location.”

A few steps later, the applicant should have in hand a personalized “ranking” of the schools of his or her choice — as opposed to the generalized handicapping of “some stuffed shirt in an office somewhere telling you how a certain college is ‘better’ than another one at a certain thing,” the Web site says.