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Make sense of your college list

We'll help you create a well-balanced list of colleges, one that's grounded in current admissions data and tailored to your academic profile.

Our approach draws on admissions data from over 450 U.S. institutions, as well as 300+ departments across 45 popular colleges such as Cornell, Duke, Tufts, Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, UMass Amherst, UCLA and more.


 

School Selectivity

School Selectivity

Track the selectivity of the schools you're interested in
Academic Competitiveness

Academic Competitiveness

Gauge your academic competitiveness relative to the previous year's class
School Categorization

School Categorization

Automatically categorize schools into likelies, targets, reaches and unlikelies based on school selectivity and your academic competitiveness.
List Assessment

List Assessment

We assign a grade to your list based on the mix of schools.
Personalized Recommendations

Personalized Recommendations

Personalized recommendations are provided to ensure your list is balanced and set up for success.
Corrective Action

Corrective Action

Taking corrective action is easy with MixFixer™. We'll scour our database for likely, target and/or reach schools to help you balance your mix.
School Ideas

School Ideas

MixFixer™ includes filters to help you come up with likely, target and reach schools based on size, setting, region and special characteristics like great merit aid, low net cost and no extra Common Application essay.
Affordability

Affordability

Take advantage of our proprietary ranking system to consider affordability as part of your plan. Whether you're in search of need or merit-based aid, we've got you covered.
Track Requirements

Track Requirements

Track key application requirements such as essay, testing, recommendation and interview requirements.

Maximize admission odds

Maximize admission odds

We’ll let you in on a big secret: early admission. Did you know you can often enhance your admission odds by simply applying 45-60 days early?

Unfortunately, making sense of it all can get confusing real fast. What’s the difference between early decision and early action? How does restrictive early action work and is it the same for all schools that offer it? If you apply early to a school on your list, how does it impact the way you can apply to the others? Does it always make sense to apply early?

Let College Kickstart demystify early admission for you. We track the latest available data and show you how to take full advantage of your opportunities in a way that’s both appropriate and within the rules. Our proprietary recommendation engine is driven by a number of factors, including the rank order of your list, the early admission options offered by each school and their restrictions, and the degree to which you're committed to your top schools.


Minimize wasted effort

Minimize wasted effort

College Kickstart automatically creates an action plan based on the admission deadlines and notification dates for the colleges on your list. Wherever possible, we'll look for ways to help you capitalize on early and rolling admission to avoid unnecessary work and reduce your application fees.

We'll help you sequence your applications and prioritize the work related to each application. You can easily track the requirements for each application, including essays, recommendations and merit aid deadlines.

Imagine how much your stress level will drop if you're accepted into your early application colleges. You just might kiss those other apps and their fees goodbye.

Quick to get started and easy to use.