"I really like it. It gives prospective college bound students an idea if they are applying to a good mix of schools that will give them the best chance of being admitted. It's very intuitive and easy to use."
Gene H, Fremont, CA
"Just wanted to thank you for helping guide us through the crazy and stressful world of the college admission process. Your website compiled data in an easy to use format and was very helpful in the application process. Your monthly emails always contained useful information as well. Our son was admitted to his ED school and your analysis and reports saved us time and money throughout the process."
Jon K, New York, NY
"I find it really helpful! It is very useful to get a realistic idea of a rising senior's chances at each college and ensures a comprehensive list of places to apply. It also does the Early Action/Early Decision I/Early Decision II analysis for you, which gets complicated if you are doing this on your own. I LOVE it!"
Victoria Z, San Francisco, CA
"I felt that College Kickstart was key in enabling my daughter to have a fairly stress free college application process. By starting early and playing out scenarios using the tools and data, planning out her tests with opportunity for retesting and prioritizing her essays, she came up with a plan and a plan B with which she felt comfortable, and then simply executed. Her strategy also enabled her to narrow her total applications to simply 4 schools by mid-December. Regardless where she ends up going to college, she now has a plan on how she is going get where she wants to go. No stress. No mess. So much easier than it had been for my son who used Naviance (because College Kickstart didn't exist yet!)! Thank you, College Kickstart!"
Greer T, Newton, MA
"College Kickstart is very easy to use, provides clear guidance, and lessens stress...we got an early action acceptance to our son's top choice school! If you have a high schooler applying in the coming years, I recommend you try it!"
Grace U, Raleigh, NC
"I think this is a very cool tool. It is easy to understand and gives people a reality check."
Penny D, Ipswich, MA
"Just wanted to send you a quick email to let you know that my daughter and I really appreciated the information on your website / service. We found that your predictions were very accurate. It was amazing to have my daughter's combination of college selections graded—so that we both knew if she (my daughter) was making realistic choices. Your website saved us time and money and helped us avoid unwanted stress.
It was eye-opening the first few times when your website's analysis determined that my daughter's list was very unrealistic. Using your website also prevented awkward moments between parent and child (such as the parent to have to hint that their child's list was too ambitious—and also not ambitious enough—for their child's GPA and test scores). The process is difficult for a parent—because almost all parents are unrealistically biased in favor of their child—and sometimes college information is outdated.
Using the information on your website, my daughter was able to identify many strong matches for her interests (and also grades and GPA)—and more importantly, she was able to take ownership of the college selection and application process. My daughter was able to narrow the list down to schools that she would be happy to attend (and also would be likely to get into). My daughter seemed less overwhelmed in writing her college essays (perhaps because she was excited by her entire list)—and seemed to have a much easier time writing her college essays (than her friends).
Because of the customized information that your website provided for my daughter, we saved so much time and money than her fellow classmates (and their parents). Because we signed up early for your service (in my daughter's Junior year)—we had access to this information early (in her junior year). We were able to be more focused on visiting schools that were realistic and did choose to visit some "reach" colleges for my daughter (during her Junior year spring break and the summer between Junior and Senior year)."
Michelle H, Bethesda, MD