Plans for Independent Counselors

When you do the math, your cost per student is approximately one hour of your billable time. We know that we can save you an hour of time.

Prices are based on a college application season from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023. All plans listed below are designed for one counselor.

See the feature summary below

Subscriptions for the 2024-25 application season will open on December 1, 2023.


Professional Discount
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Feature summary

Enriched Admissions Data New

  • Enriched data covering 700+ U.S. 4 year institutions
    Constantly updated from multiple sources, including the Common Data Set, school institutional research websites and factbooks and press releases
  • 400+ departmental admission rates for 60 popular institutions
  • Affordability data (need-based and merit-based aid)
  • Resident/non-resident admission rates for selected public universities
  • Key application requirements
  • Active tracking of standardized testing policies
  • Mix of entering class submitting test scores New

Student Profile

School list

  • Enter lists of 6-30 schools
  • Rank orderable
  • Indicate strength of commitment to top choices

Academic credentials

  • SAT section scores
  • ACT composite score
  • Weighted GPA
  • Unweighted GPA
  • Class rank
  • Run with or without test scores

List Analysis New

  • Categorize list into likelies, targets, reaches and unlikelies based on school selectivity and student academic credentials
  • Assess list quality
  • Recommend list mix improvements
  • Take corrective action using MixFixer™
    • Automatically find likely, target and reach schools for your list based on school selectivity and student academic credentials
    • Filter schools by up to five majors
    • Filter schools by tag New
    • Filter schools by size, setting or locale
    • Filter schools with no extra Common Application essay
    • Filter schools offering early action
    • Filter schools offering early decision 1
    • Filter schools offering early decision 2
    • Filter schools with need-blind admission policies
    • Filter schools that meet 100% of demonstrated financial need
    • Filter schools with low debt at graduation
    • Filter schools with great merit aid
    • Filter schools with automatic merit scholarship consideration
    • Filter schools with low net cost of attendance
    • Filter schools with no application fee
    • Filter schools offering test-optional admission
  • Personalize recommendations based on list and academic credentials
  • Track assured admission criteria for over 50 public universities New
  • Automatically updates each time the student's college list or academic credentials change

Early Strategy

  • Recommend appropriate strategies across entire list
  • Prevent applying early to unlikely schools
  • Ensure terms and conditions are met for each early opportunity recommended
  • Consider schools with rolling admission and multiple priority windows
  • Automatically update each time the student's college list or academic credentials change

Action Plan

  • Prepare and recommend action plan to minimize wasted motion
  • Capitalize on early admission opportunities and/or schools with rolling admission or multiple priority windows
  • Ensure merit scholarship deadlines are met for likely or target schools
  • Automatically update each time the student's college list or academic credentials change

Plan Details

Provide supporting detail for each school in list, including:

  • Whether the school is a likely, target, reach or unlikely school and why
  • Whether to pursue early decision, early action, restrictive early action or regular decision and why
  • When to apply and why
  • Applicant, admitted and enrolled student mix
  • Admission rate by admission plan (where available)
  • Academic performance assessment
  • Affordability rankings for need and merit-based aid, as well as key supporting metrics
  • Source data notes
  • Automatically updates every time the student's college list or academic credentials change

Counselor Dashboard

  • Track activity history and progress for each licensed student
  • Personal use license included as well
  • Flexible modes of operation:
    • College plans are 100% driven by counselor
    • College plans are 100% driven by student
    • Counselor prepares and reviews initial plan(s), then assigns control to student when ready
  • Select mode of operation for each student individually
  • One-click access to plan details
    • Plan summary
    • Key application requirements
    • Need-based aid
    • Merit-based aid
  • List progress report
  • Track impact on list quality, early admission and wasted motion for individual students and across entire practice
    • List grade and trend
    • Early opportunities found
    • Early admission average rate boost
    • Applications avoided if admitted to highest ranked school
    • Application fees avoided if admitted to highest ranked school

Counselor Adjustments

  • Ability to adjust how schools are categorized for a student
  • Adjustments tracked on individual student basis
  • Track reasons for adjustments
  • Option to keep adjustment reason private
  • Works in both counselor and student modes

Personalized Plan Printing

Available for Counselor plans with 10 students or more

  • Print professional-quality college plans for your students
  • Brand with your logo
  • Include custom commentary
  • Exclude action plan section when desired
  • Your Brand

    Your Brand

    Deliver professional-quality college plans with your logo and custom commentary
    Assumptions and Findings

    Assumptions and Findings

    Summarize plan assumptions and findings
    List Check

    List Check

    Assess the college list for balance and odds of success
    Early Admission

    Early Admission

    Help your client capitalize on early admission to skew odds more in their favor
    Action Plan

    Action Plan

    Create an action plan to minimize wasted motion
    Plan Summary

    Plan Summary

    Summarize overall plan recommendations
    Key Application Requirements

    Key Application Requirements

    Provide key application requirements for each school in your client's list
    Need-Based Financial Aid

    Need-Based Financial Aid

    Consider need-based financial aid as part of the plan
    Merit-Based Financial Aid

    Merit-Based Financial Aid

    Consider institutional merit scholarship opportunities as part of the plan

Large Practice Solution

For larger practices with multiple consultants covering 60 students or more

    Multi-user support

    • Each consultant is provisioned a dashboard to track and manage progress of their assigned students
    • Visibility at individual consultant and overall entity levels

    Manage studentsNew

    • Assign students to counselors
    • Bulk convert accounts to student mode

    Track admission outcomes

    • Accepted, denied, waitlisted, attending
    • Financial/merit aid received
    • Applicant hooks
    • Applied test-optional


    • Outcome report to track results and trends
    • Plan impact report to track student engagement levels and impact on list quality, early admission and wasted motion

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