The initiative is called “U-CAN” and is sponsored by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), of which Southwestern is a member. By going to a free website,, prospective students and their parents have the opportunity to look at statistics of colleges and universities and compare characteristics of different schools. 

The development of U-CAN was rooted in the growing concern among families, members of Congress, and the U.S. Department of Education about the need for better college consumer information.

Colleges with profiles on U-CAN will create profiles with in-depth information covering admissions, enrollment, academics, student demographics, graduation rates, common fields of study, transfer of credit policy, accreditation, faculty information, class size, tuition and fee trends, price of attendance, financial aid, campus housing, student life, and campus safety. “The college profiles provide a unique mix of 42 quantitative elements, narrative descriptions, and 25 hyperlinks to campus website,” said NAICU President David L. Warren. “Institutions not only report cut-and-dry statistics, but also have the opportunity to express what makes them special.”

As of last week, 613 colleges and universities had signed up for the program, and almost all of them had created live profiles. Schools from 42 states across the country are represented by the website.

To visit Southwestern’s U-CAN page, go to


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