My Experience Testing the Tool
Sign-up was easy: name, email address and password. No credit card required, which is nice. The tool also asked if I wanted my reminders sent to email or text message. The email to confirm my address and authorize my account arrived quickly, and I was ready to log-in.
Upon log-in, you are ready to add colleges you are interested in applying to.
This tool includes a custom database of the requirements and deadlines at all four-year colleges in the U.S. with student bodies over 1500.
I selected University at Buffalo for my test drive. Using the Wizard to apply to one college is free. Upgrading your account to $9.95 per year allows you to send applications to 15 colleges. If this tool does what it says it can, that’s an inexpensive price for saving your sanity.
Once into the Wizard, it walks me through the Application screen: Early Decision? Regular? Paper? Online? The SUNY application? Common Application?
I selected my choices. On two of the choices, a screen popped up with two buttons: Set Custom Date and Completed. I’m not sure why I would want to set a custom date yet, so I decided to skip it for now.
The next option is to add an application to-do, along with a due date. Examples given are audition, honors application, athletic film, etc. This is obviously an area where you can add anything that is specific to you that you may have already researched, that you must include with your specific application. I also skipped this for now.
Next screen brings up Standardized Testing Options and due dates, and another screen where I can add a customized to-do.
The Essay screen is next. This is where I add anything I need to do to prep for the essays as well as the types of essays that are due with the application.
Financial Aid is next, along with due dates and to-dos.
That’s it, I’m done and I would be on to my next college to add. There are also options to edit or review my college(s), or to look at my to-dos.
The to-do area is where you can really see how the Wizard will be helpful, and the more colleges you are applying to, the more helpful it will be.
You again have an option to add custom to-dos that are particular to your situation. So if you didn’t add them during the Wizard, not to worry, you can add them here. You can turn items you don’t need ‘off’ and can set reminders on or off. The default is on.
The tool also defaulted to ‘School’ View, but up on the right hand corner – a little too subtly to notice it at first – are sort options. If you are juggling multiple deadlines to multiple colleges, this is where the tool really adds value. Organizing by Task would allow you to quickly see overlap in applications and essays that are due at the same time. Grouping by dates will let you spot a particularly intense month, when there are many items due together.