Q&A with Drew Evans of AdmitSee: How Current College Students Can Help with the College Application



AdmitSee is a peer-to-peer college & grad school admissions resource and social network. You can access their crowd-sourced database to read applications, essays and advice from the students who got in and find out how you compare. They have over 10,000 college application files for high school applicants to view and better understand the college application process. AdmitSee’s mentorship platform lets applicants ask college students more personalized questions about student and campus life. College students earn money on our site by sharing their successful application materials & advice. Share your Admit story for college cash. Their mission is to demystify the college application process and empower users with data-driven insights. Click here for the complete transcript of the chat.


Q1 Why is it important to use the expertise of current college students and mentors to help with the college application? #CampusChat

A1 Relatability: Students who are near-peers are likely to have more similiar interests & relevant insights into what to prioritize #CampusChat

A1 Honesty. College students can give HS students real, transparent lowdowns while parents/counselors may have other perspectives #CampusChat

A1 Accessibility. Since college students have just applied themselves, they can offer relevant information and keys for success. #CampusChat


Q2 How can college-bound students benefit from the application experience of current college students? #CampusChat

A2 Current students can give applicants a better understanding of what a well-rounded application looks like & factors to consider #CampusChat

A2 The information is more relevant and current with new essay prompts, test scores (especially with the new SAT) & other criteria. #CampusChat

A2 Current college students can also give a more candid sense of the factors important to them when strategizing their applications #campuschat


Q3 What prompted you to create AdmitSee’s mentoring platform? #CampusChat

A3 Many applicants have access to expert advice, but what they lack is peer insight: what it means to be a student at that school. #CampusChat

A3 Thru our mentoring, you can get insight into campus culture, student clubs, favorite classes, alumni network & job opportunities #CampusChat

A3 Talk to students just like yourself to find out whether a college is where you want to spend the next/best 4 years of your life! #CampusChat


Q4  How does AdmitSee use the social media platform to help mentor college-bound students? #CampusChat

A4 We use social media because it is an easy, effective and fast way to connect with other students and share useful information #CampusChat 

A4 We update our blog daily with content written by high school/college students about college traditions, lifestyle and fun facts. #CampusChat

A4 We also use Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to give out advice about applications and essays, and keep up with college news. #Campuschat


Q5 Are college applicants the only ones that benefit from AdmitSee’s unique services? #CampusChat

A5 College students get compensated for submitting profiles & sharing their info. The more robust profiles are more likely to sell. #CampusChat

A5 Parents who aren’t familiar with the college process have a vast amount of affordable & accurate information available to them. #CampusChat

A5 College counselors can use AdmitSee as a resource and organizational tool to manage student/parent expectations and access data. #CampusChat


Q6 What type of screening/verification do you use for profiles on AdmitSee? #CampusChat

A6 We verify profiles by asking students to submit their student ID or a letter of acceptance. #CampusChat

A6 We also verify via students sending us their Common App PDF that is downloadable from the common app website #CampusChat


Q7 Doesn’t this type of service create a plagiarism issue? How do you address it? #CampusChat

A7 Many universities utilize plagiarism software, which can be used to check against all essays shared on AdmitSee. #CampusChat

A7 AdmitSee is granting university admissions offices complete, open access to our database of essays. #CampusChat

A7 Our site also prevents the use of copy/paste, prohibiting students from directly

plagiarizing other students’ essays. #CampusChat


Q8 How do you use statistics and graphs to help students with the college application process? #CampusChat

A8 Our graphs are created using data gathered from profiles submitted by college students, showing various statistical categories. #CampusChat

A8 The statistics we gather give students the opportunity to understand the diverse range of attributes to get into schools. #CampusChat

A8 Our bubble graph shows the data of students who applied to one school, and where else they were accepted/waitlisted/denied. #CampusChat


Q9 What is your best advice for college-bound students looking for help with the college application? #CampusChat

A9 Organization is key during the college process – if you plan ahead and keep track of deadlines, the process will be a breeze #CampusChat

A9 Make sure to choose the school that fits you best. Don’t focus too much on name, focus more about what you want out of college. #CampusChat

A9 Have a clear and concise story, and be authentic. Writing about something you care about will help your voice stand out more.  #CampusChat

Author: Suzanne Shaffer

Suzanne Shaffer advises parents and students in the college admissions process and the importance of early college preparation at ParentsCountdowntoCollegeCoach.com. She is excited to share her knowledge with the readers of Smart College Visit.

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