NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Noodle Education announced the launch of Noodle.org, the first and only life-long education search engine that provides users with free, unprecedented access to education information and interactive learning tools. Noodle.org's personalized recommendation engine is the best way to help users -- from parents and adults to high schoolers -- find the best schools and programs to fit their needs. Noodle.org allows users to search colleges, graduate programs and K-12 schools, find study abroad programs, identify the best local tutors and test prep programs, search for a guidance counselor or education consultant, and access hundreds of thousands of free learning materials.
The current online education search process is both inefficient and ineffective. Over 3 billion searches related to learning and education take place monthly, but research shows that these searches frequently end with more questions than answers. The reality that one-third of all students transfer colleges at least once before a degree, as well as high dropout rates, suggests that students are making costly and time consuming mistakes with their choices. Noodle.org addresses this need for an effective internet resource to search and recommend schools, programs, providers and content for education.
"Education search is tricky because you don't always know what you're looking for. To create an effective search, you would want a thorough database, recommendation capability, and a way to connect with your own social network to figure out what's important to you and where you will get it," said John Katzman, founder and chairman of Noodle Education and the founder of The Princeton Review and 2U. "As we continue to broaden and deepen its data, recommendation engine, and community, Noodle.org will grow into the most useful tool in education."
Featuring data on over 130,000 schools and hundreds of thousands of education providers, Noodle.org offers content from the most credible sources, including federal and state education departments and agencies, LinkedIn, Forbes, Newsweek, YouTube Education, and US News & World Report. Users can select from over 350,000 interactive learning materials covering an expansive range of subjects, compiled from noteworthy sources such as National Geographic, The Smithsonian, Khan Academy and BigThink.
With over 120,000 K-12 schools, 2,900 4-year colleges, 5,000 graduate programs,135 study abroad programs and 80,000 tutoring listings, Noodle.org has the largest compilation of education resources found anywhere on the web. Once users narrow their search selection and want to engage with friends, family and others who have shared experiences, Noodle.org enables them to share their findings from the site via Facebook and Twitter, and save their results for easy access.
The companies that Noodle.org has partnered with to develop the search engine content include: AdmissionsDean, CaptainU, CollegeProwler, IFSA-Butler, Parchment, Poets & Quants, The Princeton Review, The Center for Education Reform, Unigo, and Wyzant.
To celebrate the site's launch, Noodle Education is offering users a chance to win a $4,000 education scholarship (students may visit www.noodle.org to register for a chance to win and for Official Rules.)
About Noodle Education
Noodle Education created the first and only life-long education search engine in the world. Noodle.org enables users to find the right school, college, tutor, instruction video, or any other education resource -- and it's free. Headquartered in New York City, Noodle was created in 2011 by a powerhouse team of education innovators from The Princeton Review, 2U, Kaplan, Kumon and Colloquy. The company has been recognized by Forbes Magazine, as "one of the 6 fastest growing tech companies" and hailed by Mashable, as "one of the 5 startups transforming online education."
SOURCE Noodle Education