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There’s a lot to learn about colleges and universities, whether you’re looking for a school to attend or for information on how well your local institution is performing. The first step is getting reliable information about what matters most to you. The College Portrait is a source of basic, comparable information designed for anyone to learn more about public 4-year colleges and universities.

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Click the picture on the right that best matches your reason for visiting to get started! We’ll help you find the information you need for the colleges and universities you’re interested in.


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Quickly find a specific institution by name using the search box below.

Find a university using an alphabetical list of institutions by state or click below to select a state from the map and see a list of College Portraits for that state.

About the College Portrait

The College Portrait was created as part of the Voluntary System of Accountability™, (VSA) - a program designed to provide greater accountability through accessible, transparent, and comparable information.

The College Portrait website is a trustworthy source of basic, comparable information from over 300 public colleges and universities presented in a common, user-friendly format. The website is designed to be a tool for prospective students and their families during the college search process as well as a resource for high school guidance counselors, community college advisors, state policy-makers … or anyone interested in learning more about public colleges and universities! More about the College Portrait.

Each institution’s College Portrait has a variety of information including:


  • Students and Faculty Characteristics
  • Admissions Requirements
  • Campus Safety
  • Future Plans of Graduates
  • Cost of Attendance /Financial Aid Info
  • Personalized Net Price Calculator
  • Popular Majors
  • Average Class Sizes

And only on a College Portrait can users find a snapshot of student experiences on campus and the expected learning gains of students in critical thinking and written communication.