Offers College Admission Essays, Stats and Advice for Applicants Heading into Application Season

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Startup website aims to be every applicant’s college application source to decode “what it takes to get in” and gain admission to their dream schools.

It’s essentially self-help private college consulting with thousands of case studies at your fingertips., a web startup described as a crowd-sourced hybrid of LinkedIn, college admissions forums and online social shopping sites, launches just ahead of the height of college application season. The website features application details—essays, test scores, grades, extracurriculars, and advice—anonymously shared by successful applicants, or “Admits,” in a user-friendly layout. Users can browse indiscriminately or they can search the site for specific schools and pertinent activities to filter for individually tailored results. Once users find a profile that matches their criteria, they can pay to see the details of the full profile.

For the college student or alumni looking to earn some extra cash, the website offers an easy platform. The business model is simple—users split the amount their profiles go for 50/50 with AdmitSee. Admits can share as much or as little information about their applications as they want, but the $5 to $20 pricing scale is based on profile completeness. The site offers clear pricing guidelines, such as being able to charge an additional $1 for uploading a profile photo or an additional $2 for listing schools from which the Admit was rejected.

For undergraduate or graduate school applicants, the site offers an affordable alternative or supplement to hiring pricey admissions consultants. Users can browse the site for free and get basic previews of Admit profiles or they can narrow down available profiles to review only profiles relevant to them. Admit profiles are vetted and verified with documentation. The AdmitSee database currently features over 1,000 successful college applications, most of which are free, and is growing daily.

AdmitSee co-founder Stephanie Shyu commented, “You don’t get the full picture of an applicant’s candidacy with the admissions info that’s out there. AdmitSee provides the additional insight you would only be able to gain from admission consultants and their experiences with past candidates, but AdmitSee does it much more economically and on a much larger scale—it’s essentially self-help private college consulting with thousands of case studies at your fingertips.”

The website also caters to parents, industry professionals and administrators. Parents or professionals can browse the site and recommend profiles to applicants they know who would then receive a notification that a profile has been suggested for them. To deter plagiarism, the site will make its full database available to university administrators so they may police their applications with existing software.

The company is working with its web team at Van West Media, who designed and implemented the original site, to roll out its “Metrics” feature by December of 2013. This free feature will allow users to more easily hone in on and analyze the statistics of a particular school or compare those at different schools. For example, a user can find out which schools are more forgiving of low grades and which school students ultimately attended when deciding between several acceptances.

According to co-founder Lydia Fayal, “AdmitSee answers your more nuanced questions—such as ‘how did other students explain an alcohol citation?’ or ‘how important is it to visit a school before applying?’—by offering a community of collective knowledge in a way no other product out there on the market does. The information is more robust, more organized and more accessible.”

The site also provides application information for law school, business school and medical school admittance. AdmitSee is looking to expand its database to include additional graduate programs and degrees.

The co-founders emphasized that, though the site caters to students applying to schools in the U.S., its audience is not limited to those within the United States.

“International student enrollment at U.S. colleges is at an all time high, and there is growing demand for college admissions guidance. AdmitSee is perfectly positioned to address that need,” said Shyu.

AdmitSee will offer language translations for portions of the site that will explain the product and how it works, but profiles and main content will be in English.

Additional pipeline projects include offering bundled essays and advice, highlighting targeted scholarship opportunities, and featuring on its blog guest commentary by industry experts, admissions officers and policy makers.

In the haze of application season rife with admissions guidebooks, courses and consultations, AdmitSee emerges as a unique, straight-from-the-source and inexpensive resource for college applicants looking to gauge the likelihood of success at their dream schools or to find inspiration to build their own applications.


AdmitSee was founded in March 2013 by two UPenn Law students with experience in test prep, college consulting and alumni interviews. Conceived in Philadelphia, the company now operates out of New York City.

The mission of AdmitSee is to offer college and grad school applicants access to the information and essays that can help them gain admission to top schools and to provide an affordable solution to level the higher education playing field.

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