BOSTON, Sept. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- While much in Education has been changed by technology, the college entry process - from finding the right school to accepting the best applicants - has not changed much in decades. Colleges spend vast resources to promote their brand and identify students that best fit their admissions criteria; guidance counselors struggle to serve growing caseloads of students that want and deserve to go to college; and students only learn about a small fraction of higher education options available to them.
With the launch of CollegeFindMe – a network for students and colleges to find each other - the College Admissions Lifecycle is turned upside down to work more efficiently, and help more students find and go to the college of their dreams. CollegeFindMe is a dynamic platform providing tangible value to students, guidance counselors, and colleges. Indeed, CollegeFindMe is reinventing the College Admissions Lifecycle.
The CollegeFindMe platform improves the age-old application process by allowing students to profile themselves in a comprehensive manner that includes their talents and accomplishments, rather than just their test scores. Colleges can mine a large pool of student profiles to identify those that best fit their admissions philosophy. Through this innovative process, colleges can now reach a wider than ever range of candidates across all geographies and socioeconomic backgrounds for the benefit of both colleges and students. In addition, high school guidance counselors have a friendly and effective tool to better serve their students.
CollegeFindMe allows students to create detailed profiles that present all of their assets and experiences, not just a test score or transcript. CollegeFindMe provides a direct channel to admissions offices, enabling personalized communication, application tracking, and the ability to receive offers such as scholarships, invitations to campus tours, and application-fee waivers.
"CollegeFindMe is the first step in a student's search and application process," said Christina Bai, CollegeFindMe founder and CEO. "Students now have access to a wider range of higher education options than ever before. They also have the opportunity to present themselves fully, rather than relying only on a standardized test score or letter of recommendation. This is where the College Admissions Lifecycle starts. "
CollegeFindMe provides colleges and universities instant access to a wide range of diverse student candidates with searchable profiles allowing them to identify those applicants that best fit their admissions criteria. Admissions officers have a direct channel to student candidates, allowing them to personalize fee waivers, scholarship opportunities, college tours and other offers. With this platform, admissions officers no longer need to travel in order to find candidates; using CollegeFindMe to identify students that fit their admissions criteria, the cost of admissions decreases significantly, while the quality, diversity, and number of applicants can rise dramatically.
"Searchable student profiles allow colleges to find candidates that meet their specific needs and requirements," explained Christina Bai. "Colleges will enhance their student bodies through recruitment of a more economically and demographically diverse pool of applicants, including veterans, from a wider geographic range, all without needing to travel. By some estimates, recruiting costs can drop by as much as 90%."
For Guidance Counselors:
CollegeFindMe allows guidance counselors to better meet the needs of increasingly large student caseloads, with built-in tracking and reporting tools, and integrated college information and news feeds. Without being limited to their current knowledge or contact base, guidance counselors can now provide access to a wider range of colleges and universities than ever before.
"The most valuable resource high school guidance counselors have is time," Bai explained. "Some guidance counselors have as many as 500 students in their caseload, making individual support nearly impossible. One study showed that students only receive 38 minutes of guidance over their entire high school career. CollegeFindMe empowers guidance counselors to work with all their students online, tracking each student's application process. CollegeFindMe also brings guidance counselors information from colleges that they might not have previously known or considered, helping them better serve their student population."
As part of its launch, CollegeFindMe is hosting a conference exploring "College Admissions in the Digital Age" on September 21 in Cambridge, MA. Click here for more information on this by invitation-only event that will bring guidance counselors and admissions officers together to discuss the College Admissions Lifecycle that CollegeFindMe has completely reinvented.
CollegeFindMe is the first-step in a student's college search process. Headquartered in Boston, CollegeFindMe is a network for colleges and students to find each other. Through this platform, a comprehensive picture of students and their credentials – not only their test scores - are presented to college admissions officers. In turn, admissions officers are able to search online a large pool of student candidates that meet their admission criteria, reducing the cost of student recruitment by as much as 90%. For more information, please go to www.collegefindme.com and follow @CollegeFindMe on Twitter.
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