Outcome-driven college recommendations.

CollegeAI is a personalized, AI-assisted college recommendation and resource platform for high-school students. The CollegeAI engine analyzes a student profile and outputs scores and personalized reasons why the student might like or dislike each college in the United States.

CollegeAI fixes college search. Most college search websites allow students to filter by broad categories, such as cost and school size, but college research is a delicate balance of hundreds of factors, including merit-aid and financial-aid adjusted cost, rankings, community appeal, program offerings, campus aesthetics, dating culture and much more. CollegeAI is the only free online service that uses historical student outcome data to match students to colleges based on extensive student profiling. Today, over 20,000 students have used CollegeAI to enhance their college search and discovery process.

CollegeAI began as a research project at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in September of 2016. Our goal was to predict where a high school student would end up going to college based on a set of easy to answer questions that assess the student's personality, interests and academic performance. We then launched CollegeAI.com, an online platform that allows students to answer a set of questions then receive college recommendations. We supply the student with personalized reasons why we recommended each college (we call them the "pros and cons"). Students can explore colleges, create an application list and compare colleges based on a variety of factors. When the student has been accepted into colleges, they can also get a final choice recommendation.

We're making college help more affordable, the average advising package for independent education counselors is $4,400 [0], and about 160,000 students utilize independent education counselors [1]. Our platform is totally free, so anyone can get access to basic college counseling.

Our team is made up of 2 full time software developers, and 2 professors from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who study machine learning, artificial intelligence and social choice and several key advisors from the education space.

Before we raised money, we were just 2 students working from an apartment. When our lease ran out, lived and worked inside a single tiny room of a fraternity house for two months (it was the cheapest available housing). We then finally got some initial funding and were able to move to Cambridge, MA. Now we work from inside the LearnLaunch Boston campus with a ton of other early stage edtech startups.

Check out CollegeAI yourself by pretending to be a student on collegeai.com, or hit "Images" on the sidebar to see screenshots of the product.

[0] Mark Sklarow.Trends in independent educational consulting.Technical report,Independent Education Counselor Association,2015.
[1] Sarah Brachman. National study shows dramatic increase in hiring private college counselors. Technical report, Independent Education Counselor Association,2009.