Our Story & Mission

Making higher education accessible for all.

How We Started

Like many startups, AdmitSee was born out of personal frustration with an opaque and convoluted process. Applying to graduate school resurfaced many of the same fears and doubts we had when we were applying to college, and the stakes have only gotten higher since we applied a decade ago. We know how much is riding on whether you go to college and the school you attend. It's a big, life-shaping decision that most students are making blind or with limited information.

We felt it was time for a change – for transparency and for equal opportunity. By crowdsourcing data and insights from students of all backgrounds, we're tackling the existing information asymmetry to close the gap. We've grown from a boot-strapped business founded at the University of Pennsylvania to a product now used by a quarter million students.

What We Do

Access to information is the first step to bridging the opportunity gap. What we've done is create the largest, searchable "admissions office filing cabinet." Our database of real application materials – including essays, grades, test scores, extracurriculars, and advice – puts information that was previously reserved for the well-connected in the hands of all students. Access to this peer-supplied data empowers applicants to make better decisions about where to apply and how to communicate their own stories.

Our marketplace model doesn't just benefit applicants seeking information; it has also created a new opportunity for college and graduate students to earn money for sharing their achievements and insights. College is expensive, and paying our college users for paying it forward furthers our mission of universal access.

Why the Name AdmitSee

There's a double meaning for both words in our name. "Admit" as a noun – we hope all our users become "Admits" at the schools of their dreams. "Admit" as a verb – your college journey starts by acknowledging you could use a helping hand.

"See" refers to the increased transparency we're bringing to the black box of college admissions. Our data allows you to see into the process. By seeing real examples of success and connecting with students just like you, you're better prepared to take on your future with your eyes wide open.


Our Mission: Democratize college access
by empowering students with data.
What People Are Saying About Us
"This social network could help you get into your dream college."
"Verified college students pay it forward by sharing application materials."
"Students find and get accepted to the right schools using big data."
Meet the Team
We're passionate about leveling the playing field.
Why? Because we all experienced disappointment when we applied. We're changing that for you.
Steph Shyu
Founder

Duke, UPenn, HKU

Named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30, Steph combined her experience at a news startup with her passion for access to education. Former SAT/AP tutor and founder of an educational charity.
Jerry Huyghe
Founding Engineer

University of Maryland

Grew up in Silicon Valley and began programming video games at the age of nine. Jerry is a full stack developer with over 17 years of experience. He built the site you're on from the ground up!
Frances Wong
Marketing Director

Georgetown

A math major turned growth hacker, Frances has worked in PR and marketing in Hong Kong, New York and San Francisco. This is her third edtech startup, coming from Course Hero and Purpella.
Julia Marsh
Art Director

UCSB

With a passion for human-centered design, Julia aims to combine playful aesthetics with audience-pleasing functionality. Her work can be found on numerous websites and in magazine publications.
Jamil Al-Ghosein
Front End Developer

Far Eastern University

Jamil grew up in the Philippines, but was born here in San Francisco. He's also an experienced graphic designer who has worked for Stream Engine Studios, Summit Media, Manulife / John Hancock, and Minted.
Allan Buntoengsuk
Product & UX Lead

UCLA

Not your typical designer, Allan began his career in data and project management before moving to SF to build digital products. Allan's design experience includes work for Yahoo, YC startup VetPronto, and Declara.
Mike Yung
Data Scientist

University of Pennsylvania

With a background in quantitative economics, Mike has helped companies optimize marketing efforts and automate analytics. At AdmitSee, he's leveraged NLP techniques and machine learning algorithms for data storytelling.
Shyla
Happiness Associate

Fluffy University

Committed to creating a fun and engaging environment, Shyla's focus at the office largely centers around doing tricks, playing tug of war, and getting pet by passersby. She also loves treats, long walks, and snuggles.