FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

There's a lot to consider when choosing the right college, and we're here to help with that. Sit back, relax, and let us help. We've got it all right here.

Can I save a college search?
Yes. With an active College Rover subscription, users can save their college searches and download to a spreadsheet.
If you choose not to subscribe, you can still search, but you won't be able to save your searches into a collection or download to a spreadsheet.

Can I share my collections?
Yes, subscribers can share collections with anyone—simply save your collections to a spreadsheet - then share.

Can I make changes to a search or collection?
Subscribers can edit any searches or collections at any time! Simply click on "Edit Collection Attributes" within a collection to make changes to an existing search. For collection edits, click "Edit Collection" to change the name of your collection, delete college searches within your collection, or delete the entire collection.

Can I save the information to a spreadsheet?
Absolutely. Just click "EXPORT" from your collections page so you can view and compare your picks offline and save them to your device. Learn More.

Can I import my spreadsheet into Google Sheets?
Yes. The College Rover export file can be imported into Google Sheets and will be fully functional.

Can I open my spreadsheet file on a Mac?
Yes. The College Rover export file can be opened using the Numbers app on a Mac.

Where can I find more information to help me with my search?
When it comes to helping you learn more about your college picks, we know we're not the only game in town (even if we do think we're the most robust). Check out these Additional Resources that may be useful during your search.

Can I suggest a new feature or college for College Rover?
Yes! Use our Suggestion Box to tell us what would make College Rover even better.

Where do you get your data?
The majority of the data is from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). They collect the data annually from each college and University. The data from the DOE can be accessed for free:



If the data can be accessed for free, why are you charging a per month fee?
A couple of points:

  1. You can use College Rover every day for free and look at full data for three colleges.
  2. The data the DOE provides has tremendous value - there are over 6,500 colleges listed and almost 3,000 facts PER college. In the DOE College Scorecard, it's not easy to do a head-to-head comparison of the colleges you're interested in— Just too many colleges and too many facts (attributes).
  3. College Rover's value is that you can easily see the data you want to see, and as a subscriber, save a Collection of colleges into Rover, download as a spreadsheet (.XLSX), or import into Google Sheets and Mac Numbers.

What year is the College Rover data using?
Because of the pandemic, we are currently using the Fall 2019 data as we feel that is the most accurate overall data right now to reference. We are evaluating the Fall 2020 data and are anticipating the release of the Fall 2021 data in the summer of 2022. We will then be updating the data to reflect the three years of data available. Note: Verify all tuition and financial aid information with each college/university you are evaluating. College Rover reports data from the DOE date - we cannot guarantee the accuracy of each data point as data and websites change often.

Why are there some links that do not work?
We have spent significant time trying to verify and validate each link. Colleges change their website designs, change links to their site and we do the best we can. Also, colleges sometimes close or merge with other institutions which makes this process both complex and complicated. Every month we are running a check on all links and trying to fix as quickly as possible. Please let us know if you find something that needs to be updated or changed.

Does College Rover have all colleges in the DOE database?
No - we ran screening based on numerous factors to lower the number of colleges to concentrate on 4-year non-profit colleges. However, there are a number of Community Colleges and Medical/Health related Colleges that also offer 4-year degrees. We did our best to include those. If you want a college added, please notify us and we will determine feasibility.

Will College Rover be adding more DOE data in the future?
We plan to! We want to add more colleges, data (% of graduates by major) and other pieces as we evaluate effectiveness.

Is all of the College Rover data from the DOE?
NO! Please look at "More Cool Stuff" - we have compiled a lot of information: college search websites, rankings, cities, fun things to do and shopping. We are planning to keep expanding that list. Our goal is to make it easier for students, parents and guardians to easily access data. You need to spend time evaluating colleges and finding the best "fit" for you. We want to make that process easier by gathering data and information for you.

What do you mean by "fit"? I am looking for a "perfect college".
There is no such thing as a "perfect college". What may be great for your best friend, may not be a fit for you and vice versa. Look for a college that aligns with your values and will help you achieve your goals.

Should I focus on what ranking a college has? And why are there so many ranking systems?
Only you and your parents/guardians can decide if focusing on rankings is a large factor in your decision criteria. Personally, we feel that focusing on rankings leaves out a tremendous number of fantastic colleges that could be a great place to go to college. Every ranking system is based on a set of methodologies that you may or may not agree with. We chose one to use that we feel shows a national ranking (versus regional or type of college) that is the closest to being relatively accurate.

Does College Rover have a 24 hour help desk?
Not at this time. Our general support hours are 9 to 5 Central Standard Time USA. We are staffing our help desk with a limited number of people until we establish a larger number of subscribers. We will maintain our help desk here in the USA as we feel it is important to have people who live and know the USA on staff, as the range of questions will be both broad and deep about USA colleges.

Does College Rover have colleges outside of the USA?
Not at this time - something we may target in the future.

Does College Rover have law/medical/dental and other graduate colleges in the USA?
Not at this time - something we may target in the future.

How can I cancel my subscription?
To cancel your subscription, sign into your account. Go to the subscription information under "My Account" and click "Cancel Subscription".

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