New Video Series Helps Parents and Teens Struggling With the College Admission Process

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University Drive explains each step in its first release, "College Admission. Simplified." Sales benefit at-risk teens; for each DVD copy sold, the company gives a copy away through partnerships with educational foundations, high schools and community groups.

We truly feel that today's teen, today's parent, is wholly capable of navigating this process

Families now have an entertaining, inexpensive tool to help them navigate the college admission process. For years, applying to schools has inspired fear and worry from most teens and parents. With rising tuition costs, a larger applicant pool than ever and a national student:counselor ratio of 488:1, it's easy to understand why families often feel there's nowhere to turn for direction.

University Drive Productions, LLC., has found a solution to the problem of not knowing where to go for solid, reliable information on the college application process. With the release of the new video series, "College Admission. Simplified.", families now have a resource that's both useful and entertaining.

Addressing the idea that neither teens nor parents have the time or desire to pore over another 300 page book, the "College Admisson. Simplified." series covers application steps in six topical episodes. And families have the choice of watching on DVD or via streaming video on http://www.UniversityDrive.com.

Episodes cover:

  •     Why college? (the value of a college degree and benefit to every student)
  •     Prep & Testing (preparing for college and the SAT and ACT standardized tests)
  •     Choosing a College (the steps to take in selecting a college that's a good fit for the student)
  •     Admissions (suggestions for navigating the process and submitting a powerful application)
  •     Paying for College (strategies on finding financial aid and making college affordable)
  •     Succeeding in College (tips on what to do after acceptance to guarantee college success)

"We truly feel that today's teen, today's parent, is wholly capable of navigating this process," says college admission consultant and University Drive co-founder Shannon Meairs. "They just need some help pointing them in the right direction."

Company co-founder Marc Istook agrees. "Most of us have adapted to this fast-paced, multimedia driven, digital world we live in. But the college admission resources have not. Until now."

In addition to making "College Admission. Simplified." available for purchase on DVD for $29.95 at UniversityDrive.com and Amazon.com, the company is also committed to making the video available for free to at-risk youth who might not otherwise have any help getting into college.

"Statistics show that a college education can translate into millions of dollars in extra income over a lifetime," says Istook. "That opportunity for education and employment should be readily available to every teen. So we decided that for every DVD sold, we're going to give one away to a teen that truly needs some outside help in getting to college."

Istook, a TV host and producer for the TV Guide Network, and Meairs, a former college admission counselor at Pepperdine University, saw the need for relevant, engaging college admission material when they founded University Drive in 2006. Meairs was fresh off of co-creating the ABC reality show, "The Scholar" - featuring 10 high school students competing for a college scholarship - when she and Istook decided hip, informative and entertaining video was the best way to reach teens and their parents.

"The Moms and Dads we've talked to have overwhelmingly told us how much they need this kind of help," Meairs says. "Hopefully we've given them what they've asked for - instruction they can watch with their kid that's truly educational. When it's over, they're all ready to tackle the task of getting into college. And with our streaming episodes available online for only $6.99 each, we believe it's affordable for families even in today's tough economic climate."

"College Admission. Simplified." is currently available, just in time for high school juniors to plan their senior schedules and prepare for standardized tests. And if families are looking for more information on the process, they can browse hundreds of topical articles by searching for the University Drive page on Facebook or by visiting the company's website. While the application process may seem tougher than ever, it turns out there's an easier path to college - through University Drive.

"College Admission. Simplifed." is a copyright of University Drive Productions, LLC.

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