Product Announcements

16 May 2016

New Product Update - SAT Conversion and More

Posted in Standardized Testing, College Kickstart, Product Announcements, Affordability

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A new release of College Kickstart is now available!

This release features:

  • An SAT score converter to help you reconcile new and old SAT scores  
  • Resident and non-resident admission rates for situations where the difference materially impacts how a school is categorized in College Kickstart
  • An updated affordability panel with graduation rates
  • Expanded school coverage

Click on Continue Reading for the scoop. 

09 April 2016

New Product Update - Fresh Data and Financial Aid Ratings

Posted in College Kickstart, Product Announcements

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Whether you're a senior deciding on school options, a junior gearing up for the process, or a counselor immersed in it all, March has truly been madness!  It's been crazy for us too, as we've been busy updating College Kickstart with fresh data, new financial aid ratings, a new help system and some polish based on your feedback.    

Click on Continue Reading for the scoop. 

29 February 2016

New College Kickstart Update Now Available!

Posted in College Kickstart, Product Announcements

College Kickstart Logo 200x63An update to College Kickstart has just been posted! 

This release features the addition of several regional colleges and universities, updated admissions data and a change in terminology—"safety" schools are now "likely" schools.

Click on Continue Reading for the details. 

18 January 2016

Just launched - College Kickstart for Counselors

Posted in College Kickstart, Product Announcements

We are excited to tell you that College Kickstart for Counselors is up and running and just in time as you gear up with your Juniors.

We appreciate the feedback from the counselors who participated in our pre-release pilot. Their suggestions were valuable and encompassed indepedent counselors as well as college counselors at private and public high schools. See what they have to say in these videos and quotes.

13 January 2016

College Kickstart for Students and Parents - What's New for 2016

Posted in College Kickstart, Product Announcements

college kickstart logoIn celebration of the new year, we've introduced several important refinements and a "premium" edition of College Kickstart for students and parents.  These refinements should make College Kickstart even easier to use, help ensure that schools of interest are likely to meet affordability constraints, and help you locate safety schools with generous merit packages.  

Click on Continue Reading below for more.

12 November 2015

Counselor Preview Update Now Available!

Posted in College Kickstart, Product Announcements

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We're pleased to announce an important new update for our Counselor Preview participants.  This update incorporates much of the great feedback you've provided in recent weeks as well as some new capabilities we think you'll find helpful:

  • A streamlined user experience
  • New modes of operation 
  • New financial aid capabilities
  • Expanded coverage universe

Click on Continue Reading for the details. 

15 September 2015

New College Kickstart 2015 Update Now Available!

Posted in College Kickstart, Product Announcements

Tracking Application Requirements with Ease

CK2015 200x174An update to College Kickstart 2015 has just been posted! 

In addition to Class of 2019 admission rate updates to our database, this release features an enhanced Plan Highlights page to help Plus Edition subscribers get organized and track admission requirements for the schools on their list.  If you're a Plus Edition subscriber, you'll now be able to see application requirements at a glance for all of the schools on your list, including testing, recommendations, interviews and most importantly, essay counts! 

Click on Continue Reading for the details. 

08 July 2015

New College Kickstart 2015 Update Now Available!

Posted in College Kickstart, Product Announcements

CK2015 200x174An update to College Kickstart 2015 has just been posted! 

This release features a new Plan Highlights page to help you get organized and track admission requirements for each school on your list.  We've also added two new MixFixer™ filters to help you find safeties, targets and reaches with greater ease, and updated our database with the latest admission rates for University of California campuses.  

Click on continue reading for the details. 

15 June 2015

New release of College Kickstart 2015 now available!

Posted in College Kickstart, Product Announcements

CK2015 200x174We're pleased to announce the latest release of College Kickstart 2015!  You'll notice faster performance, updated admissions data (including 2019 admission rates for several top schools), expanded school coverage, and for College Kickstart Plus users, over 200 department-specific admission rates across 34 public and private institutions.

Click on continue reading for the details. 

10 February 2015

Introducing the College Tour Planner

Posted in College Tour Planner, College Kickstart, Product Announcements

College trip planning made easy

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We're pleased to introduce a new tool to the College Kickstart portfolio, the College Tour Planner.  Just in time for spring break, this nifty application makes it easy to put together a college tour in a pinch.  Click on the Continue Reading link below for the scoop.

07 February 2015

New College Kickstart 2015 release now available

Posted in College Kickstart, Product Announcements

Bulletproofing your college list gets even easier

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We're pleased to announce the availability of College Kickstart 2015 release 1.1.  In addition to updated admissions data for 75+ schools, this release features a new and improved MixFixer™ to help you "bulletproof" your college list with ease.

What's a MixFixer?

MixFixer is the fastest and easiest way to set your college list up for success.  It kicks in once College Kickstart has graded your list and recommended ways to strengthen it.  MixFixer does three things:

  • It categorizes. MixFixer automatically categorizes every school in our database into safeties, targets and reaches based on school admission rates and your academic profile.  
  • It filters. MixFilter provides filters to help you quickly narrow down your choices.
  • It corrects. MixFilter helps you take corrective action by adding schools of interest to your list and re-running the analysis.  Improve that D- to an A in no time!

What's new?

This release includes several new filters that you've asked for, in addition to a new special filter that will help you locate "good value" schools:

  • Filter by school size.  You can now filter schools by the total undergraduate population.  Three options are offered: small (<2,500 undergrads), medium (2,500-10,000) and large (10,000+).
  • Filter by setting.  You can also filter by school setting: rural, suburban and urban.
  • Filter by geographical region. You can narrow down schools by geography, including the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest, Mountain and Pacific regions.
  • Filter by indebtedness.  Is a public school cheaper than a private school?  Not always, after you factor in financial aid.  One useful way to figure out bang for buck is to find schools that leave you with little debt after graduation.  In other words, schools that are either cheap to begin with our schools that are terrific with financial aid and in particular, scholarships/grants.  Our new indebtedness filter looks specifically for schools that on average leave those taking financial aid with less than $20,000 of debt at graduation.  That's all four years.  Check it out, you'll be surprised by the results!  

Getting Started

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To access MixFixer, run Kickstart and simply click on the Find Safeties, Find Targets or Find Reaches button in the List Check tab.

 

18 September 2014

New Schools Added to College Kickstart

Posted in Product Announcements

Expanded coverage of an additional 30 schools

 

College Kickstart Logo 200x63Good news—we've just expanded the College Kickstart database by another 30 schools, bringing the total to 225 competitive 4-year colleges and universities.

The following schools have been added to the list: 

 

New Additions

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Austin College Bennington College
Bentley College Butler University
College of St. Benedict Cornell College
Drexel University Emerson College
Fairfield University Goucher College
Guilford College Hampshire College
Hillsdale College Juniata College
Marquette University Providence College
St. John's University - MN St. Michael's College
Sarah Lawrence College SUNY - Geneseo
SUNY - ESF SUNY - Stony Brook
The College of New Jersey Transylvania University
University of Dayton University of Denver
University of Florida University of Minnesota
Villanova University Wheaton College - MA

 

For the complete list, click here.

27 August 2014

Kickstart 2014 Update Now Available

Posted in Product Announcements

New MixFixer capability makes it easier to strengthen your list

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A new update to College Kickstart is now available.  This release introduces a new MixFixer™ capability that allows you to easily strengthen your list within a single screen.

MixFixer also includes some nifty filters to help you quickly identify schools that:

  • Offer non-binding early action
  • Practice need-blind admission
  • Offer and automatically consider you for merit scholarships
  • Do not require additional Common App essays to be submitted