Few choices can change the trajectory of a young person’s life like which college they attend. To help make the decision-making process a bit less stressful, the U.S. Department of Education offers an online fact-finding tool called the . Prospective students can filter schools by state and region, as well as rank them by graduation rate and cost.
But would-be undergrads might notice one surprise hidden in the data. Rank the Californian schools by post-attendance earnings, and Stanford University, widely regarded as one of the state’s most selective and prestigious universities, comes in second place.