A Counselor's Guide to CollegeData

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Here are 5 ways college admissions counselors can use CollegeData to help their students navigate the road to college.

At the 2020 annual NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) conference (held virtually this year), high school counselors from all over the country visited CollegeData’s virtual booth to learn how CollegeData can help them help their students at every stage of the college admissions process.

We’d like to say “thank you” to all the college admissions counselors who visited our virtual booth and to those who continue to recommend CollegeData to their students, colleagues and parents. To help you and your students get the most out of CollegeData’s free tools and resources, we put together this counselor’s guide for you. Here are 5 ways you can use CollegeData to help your students prepare, apply and pay for college.


1. Help your students find colleges with the qualities they value most.

Direct your students to College Match which they can use to begin searching for colleges and exploring their options. You can also perform searches for your students and then save and email them the results. College Match introduces students to the many factors that go into determining college fit and lets them search 2,000+ colleges by various criteria, including:

  • Location
  • Size
  • Cost
  • Acceptance Rate
  • Majors
  • Diversity
  • Graduation Rates and more

College Match can also help your students search for schools based on important cost and financial aid factors, such as:

  • Average percentage of financial need met
  • Average student debt at graduation
  • Percentage of students getting merit aid

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Search for colleges using College Match, located under "Explore Colleges."



2. Show your students how to research colleges using CollegeData’s College Profiles and find out what their top-choices are looking for.

CollegeData features comprehensive College Profiles of over 2,000 four-year colleges and universities in the United States. Each College Profile features important facts that can’t always be found on college websites, all in one place, including:

  • Enrollment and class size
  • Admission rates, deadlines, and requirements
  • GPAs and test scores of recently enrolled freshmen
  • Costs
  • Average financial aid awards
  • Academic programs
  • Athletics and housing
  • Waitlist admission statistics
  • Graduation and retention rates

Also, encourage your students to look at the Selection of Students grid (located under the Admission tab of each college profile) to see how important demonstrated interest – and 18 other factors – are at various colleges.

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CollegeData's College Profiles feature extensive data about colleges and universities, including the admissions factors colleges care about most.



3. Help students estimate their admissions chances and identify reach, match, and safety schools.

With College Chances, your students can estimate their admission chances at any of the 2,000+ colleges listed on CollegeData. When your students enter their GPA, test scores, class rank, and other information, College Chances will estimate whether a college is a “reach,” a “maybe” or a “good bet.” 

Use College Chances with your students to reinforce the importance of applying to a broad range of schools. Help them estimate their admission chances at the schools they are interested in and find out what they can do to improve their odds.

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College Chances, located under "Prepare & Apply," helps students find their reach, match and safety schools.



4. Help students evaluate their financial aid offers and understand financial aid concepts.

When financial aid offers arrive, encourage your students to use Compare Awards which lets them compare financial aid offers side-by-side and understand how much money they are being offered in aid, loans and work-study. And because money isn’t always the only thing that matters when students are considering their financial aid offers, Compare Awards includes important factors like graduation rates and average student loan debt.

Consider using Compare Awards with your students early in the admissions process to help them understand financial aid concepts, such as Net Cost and federal subsidized loans.

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Compare Awards, located under "Pay Your Way" will help your students understand different financial aid offers from different schools.



5. Download CollegeData’s free articles, guides, and student stories.

Visit our Counselor Portal to access free resources including 200+ articles, student stories from real students attending more than 40 different colleges and universities, and resources to help your students navigate college admissions during COVID-19.

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Share true stories about applying to college from real students in Road to College, located under "College Buzz."

Want more information on how CollegeData can help you help your students during the college admissions process? Contact us at info@collegedata.com. Or visit our counselor resource page and download our free handouts.