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!
COVID-19 introduces tremendous uncertainty around college admissions as we know it.
As colleges retool requirements and processes in response, how will you keep up with it all?
Put College Kickstart to work for you. We'll help you stay abreast of key changes and more importantly, the implications for your clients. Which colleges have reverted back to the SAT/ACT and have stayed test-optional? Tracked. Have colleges under consideration introduced virtual interviews? Covered. Will applying test-optional help or hurt your chances of admission? We'll analyze it for you.
It's an essential way to manage uncertainty and reduce anxiety.
Enriched admissions data
If your students are applying to schools like Boston University, NYU, Northeastern or Tulane, you've seen firsthand why you can't afford to rely on stale admissions data to guide your plans.
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 50 popular institutions such as Cornell, Duke, Tufts, Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, UMass Amherst, UCLA and the University of Virginia.
Spend less time data hunting and more time being your student's college whisperer.
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
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 helps take emotion out of the equation and lets you spend less time "dream killing" and more time on setting up your students for success.
When the hard data isn't fully accounting for an applicant's special talents or circumstances, stay in control with our new counselor adjustments feature.
Counselor adjustments allow you to adjust how schools should be categorized for a particular student, making it easy to incorporate qualitative factors into list assessments.
It's a terrific way to handle applicants with hooks, applicants applying to highly selective majors, and/or applicants with inconsistent academic credentials.
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.
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
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.
Solutions for large practices
If you're running a larger practice with multiple college consultants serving 50 or more clients each year, inquire about our large practice solution, which includes:
- Multi-user support. Support is provided for multiple counselors operating as a single entity. Each counselor is provisioned their own account and dashboard to track and manage students under their charge, while results are rolled up as a single entity.
- Student outcome capture. The large practice solution allows admission outcomes, applicant hooks and financial aid awards to be tracked with ease for each student.
- Outcome reporting. Several reports are available to gain insight into outcomes and trends.
Mill Creek Academy
"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
Miller Educational Consulting
Ranna Patel Consulting
Deb Davis Groves
Davis Groves Educational Services
In the words of our customers
Independent educational consultants play a critical role in helping families navigate college admissions with greater confidence and less stress.
We're honored and proud to work with some of the best independent educational consultants across the nation.