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Chegg.com Acquires CourseRank
Aug 19, 2010 (12:08 PM EDT)
Popular college course planning site that helps students with course and professor selection, hopes for rapid expansion
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Chegg.com, the number one online textbook rental company, today announced that it has acquired CourseRank, the Mountain View-based start-up that provides college students an easy and convenient way to create and share their course schedule, take classes with their friends, read and write reviews on classes and professors as well as find out how professors grade.
"We are excited about adding CourseRank to the portfolio of content and services we can offer students to make college easier and more affordable," said Dan Rosensweig, President and CEO of Chegg.com. "We all share a commitment to saving students time, money and making them smarter. It's amazing how popular CourseRank has become on campus, having nearly 100,000 users and growing every day."
Founded by three college students and already being used on 175 colleges and universities across the U.S., CourseRank helps students manage and plan their academic careers. CourseRank's scheduling, planning and course review system guides students by arranging relevant course information in an easily accessible display where they can track their progress towards the goal of graduation, mapping courses taken, and grades received. A feature for students to find textbooks for their courses using CourseRank is currently in beta for select schools.
"We're excited to be part of the number one online textbook rental company in such a hot space," said Filip Kaliszan, Co-Founder and CEO of CourseRank. "We share Chegg's commitment to using technology to make life easier and cheaper for college kids, and we are excited about expanding our reach to more schools, adding many new features in the next few months."
CourseRank, founded in 2007 by three Stanford University students, has seen tremendous growth in the past year. To date, the company has achieved adoption by some of the country's top schools including Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Cornell University.
Students can sign up for free and the first 5,000 will be entered for a chance to win cool prizes. For more information, visit www.courserank.com.
Founded in July 2007, Chegg.com is the number one online textbook rental company that has saved students on more than 6,400 campuses nationwide in excess of $240 million. Chegg.com offers students access to a growing catalog of more than 4.2 million titles, a variety of shipping options and free returns. As a part of the company's on-going environmental efforts, they plant a tree every time a student rents from Chegg.com through a partnership with American Forests' Global ReLeaf program. The company has grown into a respected and trusted brand used by college students and was recently named to the Wall Street Journal's Next Big Thing: Top 50 Venture-Backed Companies. For more information, visit www.chegg.com.