Avoid surprises, manage expectations and recover time to advise
Finding fit and voice. Crafting application elements into a compelling whole. Guiding students through the process with greater confidence and less stress.
This is the art of college admission, and your mastery of it sets you apart from the pack.
But the best laid plans must also be grounded in reality, and that means keeping vigil on the latest admissions data and how it impacts your students.
It’s detailed, time-consuming work. And every hour spent hunting data is an hour less spent counseling your students or growing your practice.
That’s where College Kickstart comes in. We help manage the science so you can focus on the art. There’s no better way to avoid surprises, manage expectations and free up time to do what you do best: advise!
Enriched admissions data
With college admissions getting more sophisticated by the day, it's no longer enough to simply rely on year-old Common Data Sets to guide your plans.
When colleges eliminate tests or essays to expand access or rely more on early admission and waitlists to optimize yield, it can wreak havoc on admission rates and put a good college plan at risk.
College Kickstart helps you stay on top of the changes and minimize surprises. We start with the Common Data Set as our foundation, and enrich it in several ways to make sure you're working with the latest and most complete data available. We scour institutional research websites, news releases and other credible sources to track current year early and regular admission rates, key application requirements, affordability data, and even admission rates for 300+ departments across 40 popular institutions such as Cornell, Duke, Tufts, Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, UMass Amherst and UCLA.
Spend less time data hunting and more time being your student's college whisperer.
College Kickstart not only keeps vigil on the data for you, it also helps you understand the implications of that data on each student's personalized plan.
Given a list of schools each student has in mind and their academic credentials, we'll make it easy to:
- Ensure the list is balanced and set up for success
- Capitalize on early admission opportunities
- Minimize wasted effort along the way
- Track key application requirements
- Consider affordability as part of the plan
Better yet, plans are automatically updated each time the student's list of schools or academic profile change.
It's a tremendous time saver and yet another way we help you take care of the nitty-gritty so you can focus on providing counsel.
Better aligned expectations
Managing student/parent expectations is always a delicate task.
Let us relieve some of the stress by providing the hard data to support what you know instinctively. Our objective, data-driven approach takes the emotion out of the equation and lets you spend less time being the bearer of bad news and more time on setting up your students for success.
More time to advise
Less time keeping vigil on the data and implications for your students means more time to do what you do best: advise!
Our counselor dashboard makes it easy to track the latest plans and activity history for each student under your charge. You'll have one-click access to:
- Plan summaries
- Key application requirements
- Need-based financial aid ratings
- Merit-based financial aid ratings
You'll also be able to track the impact you're having on list quality, early admission and wasted motion and quickly identify students who need more attention.
Convey your value
Prepare professional-quality deliverables for your clients with our personalized plan generator.
The report closely follows the structure of our web application and may be customized with your logo and tailored commentary for your students.
Use it to convey your value anytime during the planning process. It's terrific way to combine your expertise with College Kickstart's data-driven insights to ensure your clients are on the right track.
Available for counselor plans with 10 or more students
Works the way you work
Use College Kickstart in the way you feel most comfortable. Plans can be driven by you, the student, or begin with you and passed to the student when you deem them ready. Better yet, you can decide on an individual student-by-student basis when to pass control, if ever.
A companion to the tools you already use
College Kickstart is designed to complement your existing process and tools, not replace them. Our focus is on the plan and making it easier for you to guide your clients to a rock-solid one with less muss and fuss.
It's like injecting fresh data and insightful analytics into your current planning process.
The company we keep
Mill Creek Academy
"I found College Kickstart to be really useful because it centralized all of the data about college admissions in one place so it saved me a lot of time from having to research. It even gives me admission details about specific programs within colleges. I have not found other programs with this level of detail."Erica Cosgrove
The College Specialist
Miller Educational Consulting
Ranna Patel Consulting
Deb Davis Groves
Davis Groves Educational Services