A COUNSELORS GUIDE TO COLLEGEDATA
Here are 5 ways college admissions counselors can use CollegeData to help their students navigate the road to college.
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 Search 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:
- Acceptance Rate
- 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
2. Show your students how to research colleges using CollegeData’s College Profiles and find out what their top-choices are looking for.
Let your students know that CollegeData features comprehensive 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
- 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 section on the Admissions tab of the college profiles to see how important demonstrated interest – and 18 other factors – are at various colleges.
3. Help students estimate their admissions chances and identify reach, match, and safety schools.
Let your students know that with College Chances, they 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.
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 gift 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.
5. Download CollegeData’s free articles, guides, and student stories.
Visit our Counselor Resources page 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.
Want more information on how CollegeData can help you help your students during the college admissions process? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit our Counselor Resources page and download our free handouts.
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