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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

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.


Personalized insights

Personalized insights

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

  • College Kickstart is a program designed for this generation of prospective applicants and their families. In a season where students are overly anxious about building a balanced college list, College Kickstart is a platform that validates a college counselor’s recommendation. A place where consultants can utilize a system that has aggregated data supporting admissions criteria along with financial aid needs, this is one program that has been a game changer in my consulting practice. Even with many years of experience, to have a system that can link all the necessary pages pertinent to each college’s website, while providing data on the selectivity of schools, I know this program has only been an asset to my field of work!

    Joyce Wong
    Mill Creek Academy
  • There are a couple of things I couldn't work without—my computer and College Kickstart. It gives my students all of the data they need. I am there with them every step of the way, but College Kickstart allows me to step behind, so the decisions become their decisions. The college application process is a maturation process and I am there to guide and empower. College Kickstart helps me do that.

    Karen Hyde
    Hyde Consults
  • "The ability of a rigorous system like College Kickstart to check the quality of a list is priceless. The college admission process is very complicated, so if we can simplify things then we're saving people stress and time. That's something I definitely love about College Kickstart. It simplifies the process and I know I can trust the data and personalized recommendations."

    Dewey Wilmot
    Admissions Edge
  • "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
  • "I am really enjoying Kickstart! It certainly gives a 'reality check' to my students' lists and how their scores, grades and application timing might change the status of a college!"

    Kathryn Miller
    Miller Educational Consulting
  • "I often have clients who come with their own college lists based on 'someone from my school who had almost my transcript and scores got into Cal or UCLA.'  Other clients are so afraid they won’t get in anywhere because 'no one's getting in.' In both scenarios, I have found College Kickstart to be invaluable. I used my trial period to enter all the data from the previous years and the results from College Kickstart were spot-on. That's when I decided to buy it.

    It helps me take the guesswork out of creating college lists. In the data-driven world we live in today, it gives my parents a sigh of relief and it helps me explain why and how I narrow down the college lists they come with. It also helps me add schools they hadn't considered.

    Aesthetically, I love the simplicity of your product. It's clean and easy to navigate.

    Something which is immeasurable is the time it frees up for me to spend with my family and myself during those super crazy application months!"

    Ranna Patel
    Ranna Patel Consulting
  • "I have to say it again...I love College Kickstart! It has made a huge difference with my clients and families."

    Deb Davis Groves
    Davis Groves Educational Services

 

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