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January 16, 2013

Apps to Make College Applications Easier

By Ashley Caputo, TMCnet Web Editor

It’s a tough time for high school students when they are in the college-application process. Visiting schools, whether is commuting distance or across the country, is time consuming and can become overwhelming. The most minuscule procedures, like sending your SAT scores or transcript, can be life-threatening if not sent at the correct time, or if it’s not sent at all.

In this time of modern technology, with the mobility trend leaking into every industry and the creation of an app for every business, it makes sense that a company would design a similar platform to help aid students during their mid-high school crises. And with the unemployment and financial crisis the country faces, students deal with even bigger decisions when trying to figure out their career choices.

Naviance, which will soon be available as an app, is the first college-and career-readiness platform that helps students during their college search. The program lets students figure out their strengths, weaknesses and areas of interest, and then calculates the results to find colleges and career options that match the profile.

The career assessment feature helps students understand the field they are going into, along with compiling a list of alternate options, levels of education and training required to achieve their goals. Kind of what counselors (supposedly) do for students, except Naviance provides all the information and research in one single entity.

Naviance eDocs is an automated delivery system that sends documents that are part the of college application such as transcripts and letters of recommendation, helping improve the guarantee of delivery and eliminating all the costs that are associated with mailing the documents.

The notion of creating an all-in-one stop and combing all our resources into one mobile device or platform is a constant idea the technology world is reinventing. As industries begin to embrace such technologies, it is clear that these new developments can not only be used for entertainment, but rather for educational value. 

If technology can help improve the education for students in the US, there is no telling how it can help reach children across the worlds that don’t have access to the resources that our country does.  

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Edited by Rich Steeves

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