Plans for High School Counselors

Plans for High School Counselors

Subscriptions to College Kickstart for Counselors run on a calendar year basis and are based on the number of students you wish to have covered. This way, there's just one fee to take your students from January 1st of junior year through December 31st of senior year.

Each student will gain access to the Premium edition of College Kickstart for Students/Parents ($125 value/student), and each of your counselors will get a dashboard to track and manage student progress at no extra charge. As part of the subscription you'll also receive product and admissions data updates throughout the year, as well as email-based technical support.

We'd love to hear about your needs and put together a plan that makes sense for you, whether you're advising 50 students or 500.

Please schedule a demo or send us an email and let's talk.

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 Feature summary

Enriched Admissions Data New

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

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
  • Academic rigor
  • Custom GPA (100 point scale etc.)
  • Exclude rank from profile
  • 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
  • Test-optional recommendation engine
  • 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
    • 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 50 public universities New
  • Automatically update each time 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 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 and target schools
  • Automatically update each time 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 update each time 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:
    • Counselor-powered: College plans are 100% driven by counselor
    • Student-powered: College plans are 100% driven by student
    • Counselor-to-student-powered: 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

Local Context Workbench

  • Import historical admissions data
    • Specify GPA type
    • Define applied, admitted and enrolled student criteria
    • Specify hooked applicant flags (if tracked)
    • Specify test-optional flag (if tracked)
  • Analyze results
    • Local context coverage (schools, applications, admittances and matriculations)
    • Local context impact matrix to see schools affected and impact on school categorization
  • Configure settings for local context schools
    • National admission rate and academic profile
    • Local enrolled admission rate and academic profile
    • Local admitted admission rate and academic profile
    • Local admitted regular decision admission rate and academic profile
    • Local admitted unhooked applicant admission rate and academic profile (where available)
    • Custom admission rate and academic profile
  • Context-sensitive configuration assistant
    • Guides user through configuration options based on counselor intent and local context best practices
    • School-specific
  • Auto-publish
  • View detailed school admission history with filterable scattergrams
    • By class
    • By admission plan
    • By hook (if tracked)
  • Auto-convert scattergram profile to custom profile

Personalized Plan Printing

  • 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

CK 360™ New

  • Data visualization tool for instant admission insights
    • Plan impact visualization
    • Historical trends visualization
    • Class profile visualization
    • Institutional profile visualization
    • Waitlist visualization
  • Import data from Naviance, Scoir, Maia Learning or Cialfo
  • Custom flag support
  • Export to CSV or PNG
  • For-fee option


  • Import historical admissions data
    • Specify GPA type
    • Define applied, admitted and enrolled student criteria
    • Specify hooked applicant flags (if tracked)
  • Platform support
    • Naviance
    • Cialfo
    • Maia Learning
    • SCOIR
  • Track admission outcomes
    • Accepted, denied, waitlisted, attending
    • Financial/merit aid received
    • Applicant hooks
  • Outcomes reporting
    • Outcomes summary report
      • Highlights
      • Admissions summary
      • Early admission trends
      • Matriculation summary
      • Waitlist summary by admissions selectivity
      • National vs. local admission results for top 30 institutions by application count
      • Ratings and rankings
      • Quintile analysis summary
    • Detailed quintiles analysis detail report
    • Historical admissions detail report
    • Acceptance/matriculation report with date range control
  • Test-optional reporting
    • Test vs. no test results by institution
    • Aggregated test vs no test results by admissions selectivity and academic quintile
  • Plan impact reporting
    • Student engagement
    • Impact on list quality
    • Impact on early strategy
    • Impact on wasted motion
  • Counselor adjustment reporting
    • Adjustment summary
    • Adjustment detail
    • Early admission outcomes summary
    • Early admission outcomes detail
    • Plan and outcomes history

Self-Service Administration New

  • Add students
  • Deactivate students
  • Assign students to counselors
  • Bulk convert from counselor to student mode
  • Bulk upload student profiles
  • Resend student welcome emails New
  • Add/delete counselors New

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