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.
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.
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.