Peterson’s Selected to be Primary College Search Provider for Yahoo! Education

December 11, 2001

Peterson’s, part of the Thomson Corporation (TSE:TOC) announced an agreement with Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) to be the primary provider of college search and selection information for the College Essentials area of Yahoo!® Education (

Visitors on Yahoo! Education are invited to search, for free, a database of more than 3,700 four-year colleges and universities, as well as junior and community colleges, either by institution name or location. Students can learn about entrance requirements, the latest available tuition costs, student-faculty ratios, research and library facilities, housing, athletics, student body breakdown, application contacts, and other valuable college planning information. Peterson’s combined data collection efforts are directed at colleges, graduate programs, financial aid providers, and all involve more than 84,000 surveys that are completed each year by institutions in the U.S., Canada, and all over the world.

“We are thrilled that Yahoo! has chosen Peterson’s to supply its enormous online consumer audience with the most accurate and up-to-date college planning information in the education marketplace, and excited at this opportunity to introduce our content to the widest possible audience,” said Mary Gatsch, Executive Vice President of Peterson’s. “It has always been our mission at Peterson’s to ensure that students, parents, and educators have easy access to the resources they need to make the right college choice.”

“Searching for the right college or university can be an extremely time-consuming and overwhelming process,” said Matt Rightmire, VP and General Manager, Media Group, Yahoo! Inc. “As our primary provider of college search and selection information, Peterson’s information helps make that process easier for our millions of consumers and extends our goal making Yahoo! Education essential to students, administrators, parents and teachers.”

Yahoo! Education is designed to assist students, parents and educators along every step of the education process. The site helps educators extend traditional classrooms and communication with students onto the Internet, offers an extensive reference area through leading education material providers, and enables students to search, prepare and access to apply for colleges, universities and graduate schools.

About The Thomson Corporation and Peterson’s

The Thomson Corporation (TSE:TOC) ( is a leading global provider of integrated information solutions for business, education, and professional customers. Its Learning businesses and brands( serve the needs of individuals, learning institutions, and corporations with products and services for both traditional and distributed learning. Peterson’s is one of the nation’s most respected providers of lifelong learning online resources, software, reference guides, and books. The Education Supersite(SM) at < a href="" target="blank"> has searchable databases and interactive tools for contacting U.S.-accredited institutions and programs. Peterson’s serves over 105 million education consumers annually.

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