The New 1st Step in the College Search and Application Process
With more than 4,000 public and private two- and four-year colleges in this country, finding the right one is not just a challenge—for many it can be overwhelming. Without a clear college search roadmap, many students fail to explore the full range of schools available to them.
But luckily for high school students, there’s a new, innovative, free website to simplify the college search process: CollegeFindMe.com.
Unlike other college search engines, CollegeFindMe makes it easy for colleges and universities to find you! When you log onto the site, you’ll be asked to fill out an academic and personal profile. This assessment will allow you to share a full picture of your talents, interests, and achievements so that admissions offices will get to know you as more than just an SAT or ACT score.
Then use the site’s three different search engines to look for colleges by filling in different criteria. Once you have a list of options, you can easily check off boxes and add them to your “My College” list.
Simultaneously, college admissions officers will be able to review students’ confidential profiles to search for students or demographics that best fit their admission criteria. With CollegeFindMe, colleges will have a direct channel to send applications, fee waivers, invitations to visit their campus, or scholarship offers to attractive candidates that they otherwise might never have reached.
Today’s high school guidance departments are stretched to the breaking point. The national ratio of students to counselors is nearly 500 to 1, and research from the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights shows that one in five U.S. high schools has no school counselor on staff, a deficit that impacts most those families in greatest need of help.
“A U.S. Department of Education survey found that guidance counselors provide an average of 38 minutes of college search/application advice per high school student—and that’s over a four-year time frame,” says CollegeFindMe CEO Christina Bai. “While some families are able to spend thousands of dollars on supplemental college guidance, that option is out of reach for most families.”
“This is truly an equalizer,” explains company spokesperson Josef Blumenfeld from EdTech180. “All students deserve the chance to attend the college of their dreams. Sadly, non-affluent families often can’t fill the gap left by over-burdened high school guidance departments, and they don’t know where to turn. By using CollegeFindMe as the first step in their college search and application process, all students can start down the right path to the right college.”
CollegeFindMe hopes to level the playing field by giving all students the chance to find the perfect place. Or, better yet, sit back and let the right college find you.