ArcGIS StoryMaps

Exploring the College Scorecard through Story Maps

Studying Up on Higher Education explores the cost and diversity of post-secondary education.


Navigating the landscape of learning after high school can be daunting. Professional certificates, trade schools, cosmetology programs, and traditional two- and four-year degrees abound in a landscape of thousands of institutions.

While the stakes of getting a college education are greater than ever, today’s students have a wide range of options for finding their ideal fit.


2010. Campus life. Credit: University of Central Arkansas (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).


In nine maps this story map (built with the Map Journal template) visualizes a range of metrics pulled from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard. In particular, it compares datasets from 2016 and 2006. The piece looks at the type and variety of schools, cost and debt loads, demographics, and degrees.

In addition to the story map, we’ve also made our maps and data available in an ArcGIS Online Group.


Nine maps looking at education after high school.


In addition to the data, this story demonstrates a handful of useful customizations:


To find other advanced tips and tricks for Story Maps, check out our Developer’s Corner blog. Keep up with the newest in Story Maps by signing up to receive the Planet Story Maps newsletter.


About the author

An anthropologist focused on community engagement, citizen mapping, and applied ethnography, Greyson researches and designs dynamic, multimedia stories for ArcGIS StoryMaps.


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