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Will going to college pay off? Gradpath helps answer that question by allowing you to find and compare Virginia colleges based on practical and personalized information. You can easily find and compare important details about colleges such as graduation rates, cost of attendance, and testing requirements. You can also explore colleges based on criteria like the majors offered at the school, broad areas of study you're interested in, and distance from home. Gradpath makes it easy for you to make informed decisions about higher education.

Gradpath is part of a pilot study designed to help researchers learn more about how students and parents make decisions about college and the role that information plays in the decision making process. The study is being conducted by Basis Policy Research and the Brookings Institution with the support of the Virginia Department of Education. Data for the tool is provided by the Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS).

Participation in this study through the use of Gradpath is entirely voluntary. Voluntary participation means:

  • You may use Gradpath as much or as little as you would like.
  • If you decide that you do not want to participate in the study after accessing the tool, just close the tool. We will not collect individual information from users.

Use of Gradpath is completely anonymous and confidential. We will not collect any personally identifiable information such as IP addresses or link any individual user data to other data sources.

By clicking “Search” and using Gradpath, you verify that:

  • You have understood the purpose of the online tool; and
  • You have voluntarily agreed to participate in this study.

If you have any questions about this study, the online tool, or your rights, please contact the study coordinator, Anna Nicotera at acnicotera@basispolicyresearch.com.