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AdmitSee Insight for UNLV College Seekers

By Diana Zeineddine
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Getting accepted to college can be difficult. Some college seekers rely on programs such as AdmitSee in hopes of getting into the college of their dreams.

AdmitSee is an education technology startup that uses social media to help high schoolers get into college. AdmitSee charges students $20 to $150 a month for access to scores, grades and personal essays of college students.

According to USA Today, the company’s mission is to help a generation of social media entrenched high schoolers leverage technology to get into college. AdmitSee is a helpful and valuable tool for insight into the admissions process. However it may not be a necessary investment for students applying to UNLV.

The overall acceptance rate at UNLV is 85 percent, meaning graduating high schoolers have a good chance of getting accepted as long as they meet the basic requirements. UNLV college graduate and former admissions office employee, Guinwa Zeineddine said her experience with the admissions process was reasonable.

Zeineddine said, “The admissions process for getting accepted to UNLV was pretty reasonable. As long as you meet the basic requirements, you’ll have a strong chance of getting accepted to this college.” She said, “AdmitSee seems to be a valuable and great tool to have. However, I think it would be wiser to spend your money on tuition expenses rather than on an education technology startup like AdmitSee when it comes to UNLV.” Zeineddine believes that AdmitSee is beneficial to assist students in getting accepted to colleges such as Yale.

According to UNLV’s admissions home page, application requirements include having a weighted 3.0 grade point average in English, mathematics, social science and natural science, having completed the 13 core high school units and submitting an official composite of ACT or SAT scores.

Executive Director of Admissions, Kristine Shay, said, “We don’t look at social media but rather have perimeters. Therefore, AdmitSee may help but wouldn’t be necessary.” Shay advises, “Take the strongest academic program they can in high school. They have to find the right balance so they can maintain the strongest B+ average. Work with your counselor and parents to find that balance. Take rigorous programs such as math and science and keep your options open.” Shay recommends that students looking to get accepted at UNLV should pay close attention to the application and the deadline.

“No matter what college it is, they really need to make themselves known. I recommend they go in person and sit down with an admissions counselor.” Shay said, “I think social media is great but most students find it more helpful after they’ve narrowed down their top colleges. Nothing is better than visiting the campus and talking to students and faculty. It’s really important for students not to lose sight of what they really value.”

According to USA Today, AdmitSee provides free access to the site for high school guidance counselors “so kids who can’t afford to pay can still get access to help,” says Stephanie Shyu, co-founder of AdmitSee. USA Today says co-founders Stephanie Shyu and Lydia Fayal would like to grow AdmitSee into a LinkedIn type of network that also provides help for college students applying to graduate school. Their ultimate goal is to provide help for graduate students looking for jobs.

“We know it takes time to build a community,” Fayal says, “But if we can do it, ideally we’ll have a broad platform where shared knowledge can help everyone along the academic journey.” Co-founders of AdmitSee believe that applying to college is your first entry point decision as a young adult, therefore, where you go to college often winds up deciding who your social network will be as a professional adult. AdmitSee ultimately believes that leveraging that social network sooner will be a great stepping stone to greater heights in your path to becoming a professional adult.

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