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Sep 20, 2011 (05:09 PM EDT)
CollegeSolved.com connects students with experts who help them find the right fit
NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the most stressful times in any college-bound student's life is choosing colleges to apply to and starting the admissions process. A new service, CollegeSolved™, makes the process personal by allowing prospective students to learn more about a college's on-campus experience through a host of tools, including free conversations with current college students.
CollegeSolved offers numerous resources to assist college-bound students, including a college search and comparison tool, a personality map that charts student traits at hundreds of campuses, a college recommendation engine, and data including expected graduate salaries and financial aid grants. Users can utilize their own social networks, like Facebook, through CollegeSolved to discover alumni and current students at their chosen schools. Also included are two expert networks, one with current college student ambassadors and the other with private-practice college admissions experts.
"CollegeSolved is the most effective tool I have used throughout my college search," said Faraz Fatemi, a senior at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif. "I've tried everything from independent websites to school brochures to college fairs, but nothing compares to the depth of information CollegeSolved provided me, from college matches to student and counselor connections."
The CollegiateChat® network gives high school students the ability to contact one of nearly 1,000 current student ambassadors at hundreds of U.S. colleges. Visitors can search by school, interests (such as newspaper, drama or athletics), class year, and hometown. The company offers one free call for high school students who create an account.
In addition, CounselorConnect® allows students and parents to search for and consult admissions experts, many of whom are former college admissions officers. These experts work with students individually throughout the admissions process. Many specialize in helping students with specific needs such as financial aid and scholarships, NCAA athletics and learning differences. The database contains nearly 150 pre-screened consultants, including many members of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, the leading admissions expert association.
After the first CollegiateChat call, additional sessions are available for a nominal fee. Prices for admissions experts vary depending on the services and assistance desired. Experts provide free initial consultations to parents and students by phone to select the right fit, and initial contact is made directly through CollegeSolved.