First, we learn about you…and you learn about you, too! Introspection and self-reflection are required to plan for the future, and to find out which colleges are a good fit. Since there are many factors that affect whether you will be happy and successful at college, WiseChoice leads you through a series of questionnaires and assessments to learn about you. We dig deep to understand your ambition and motivation, your personality, risk factors, needs and learning styles so we can recommend colleges where you can succeed and graduate. And at the end of each assessment, we present reports to summarize and share what we’ve learned about you – these reports will help you understand more about yourself, your personality, your compatibility with colleges, your career ambitions and even your financial situation.
Family Contribution Report: Students enter household financial information then find out how much they’ll be expected to pay toward college. They also receive tips on how to maximize the amount of financial aid they may be eligible to receive.
College Compatibility Report: Students learn about the types of colleges that would best fit their personalities and academic situations, and review their college preferences within the context of college selection options. The Compatibility Report sets the stage for students to be open and receptive to college recommendations as they view their college match scores.
Personality Assessment & Report: Exclusively at WiseChoice, students complete an interactive five-part personality assessment then receive an in-depth report about who they are, how they get along with others, what motivates them and what they’ll need to succeed at college.
Career Assessment & Report: A WiseChoice original, students complete a quick and easy career interest inventory, then find out what they need to know as they think about careers and majors. The WiseChoice Career Exploration report helps students understand primary and secondary career interests, dominant work traits, key career tasks and important job values.
Student Profile: Students enter information that impacts college fit, including activities, awards, academics, intended majors and career interests, financial situation and preferences for climate, campus size, location and social life.
Next, we calculate your college match scores…so you’ll know which colleges fit! There are thousands of colleges, yet many students don’t know what’s available or how to evaluate schools. WiseChoice uses a proprietary matching algorithm to rate and recommend colleges for you, encouraging you to consider colleges that are most compatible with your needs and preferences. WiseChoice also helps you get to know colleges, explore careers and learn about financial aid and campus life.
Learning Center: Students can access short, entertaining videos and download tip sheets to quickly get the scoop on a variety of college, admissions and financial aid topics. Watch Video
Search for Colleges: Students get all the basic stats on thousands of U.S. colleges in easy-to-understand tables and graphs, plus ratings and quotes from current students. Students can create and save college lists, and colleges are also rated on a 0-10 scale for compatibility with the student and labeled with the student’s probability of being admitted.
College Visit Planner: Students schedule visits on their calendar and work through a checklist of items to make the most of their time on campus. After the visit, they fill out an evaluation sheet and upload photos so they can remember their impressions and compare colleges.
Career Exploration: Students can discover their top work interests and browse through more than 800 career profiles with up-to-date details about education requirements, average salary ranges and job growth.
Get ahead of the pack...and the paperwork! Each college application requires multiple pieces, and every college has its own set of requirements. Keeping track of all the details and deadlines across many schools is tough. WiseChoice helps students manage the process, stay ahead of deadlines and build stronger applications.
Activity Résumé Builder: Students enter information on seven areas of extracurricular activities, including sports, performing arts, community service and employment, then use a simple wizard to organize and format the data for inclusion with their applications.
Essay Tamer™: Students use online tools to brainstorm ideas, decide on essay topics and write and edit their admissions essays. They also get expert advice on how to write stand-out essays.
Calendar and Reminders: Students stay on track with a calendar and reminders of upcoming deadlines and missing information. College visits, test dates, application and financial aid dates are included on the calendar. Students can also add calendar items.
Application Tracker: Students choose the colleges they want to apply to and see what’s required for admission to each school. They choose their own target date to send in the applications, then check off each item as it’s completed.
We'll even help you figure out how to pay... Paying for college is often the primary source of stress for college-bound students and families. WiseChoice brings together data, tools and expert advice to help families understand the true cost of college, see what types of discounts, aid and scholarships are available and plan how to finance the entire degree – not just the first year.
Scholarship Finder: Students quickly see which of over 2.4 million scholarships (worth over $14 billion) they're eligible for then decide which ones to pursue. Scholarship deadlines are placed on the student’s calendar and reminders are sent so application opportunities aren’t missed.
State Aid: Students get a list of all the tuition discounts, grant programs and scholarships available to residents of their state, and see details about eligibility and how and when to apply.
Real Cost of College: Students learn what they’re likely to pay out-of-pocket at each school after tuition discounts and financial aid so they can accurately decide which schools fit their budgets. WiseChoice has recreated the financial aid formulas used by public and private four-year colleges across the country to provide a clear picture of college cost.
Loan Options and Payments: Students learn about their options to borrow money then see their monthly cost to repay the loans.
Four Year Payment Plan: Students see the full cost of getting a degree at each college, then use online tools to identify available funds and compare costs across schools.