Introducing edi, an essay prompts bot for Google Chrome

What is edi? Your friendly robot sidekick/college planner pro. Install her to quickly discover essay prompts from around the web. No, seriously, what is edi? Cialfo wrote the first version of edi (pronounced ee-di) to automate our research while building Prompts. When we were first working on the Essay Prompts feature, we had a team going

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Using Social Media For Application Season

Only a few years ago, many educators viewed social media with suspicion—maybe even disdain. The tide has turned, however, and now even colleges are getting into social media. Don’t believe us? Check out these examples: Why counselors should start using social media It’s where your students are! There are an estimated 2.7 billion people worldwide

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Cialfo vs Guided Path vs College Planner Pro

 Before we built Cialfo, we were former independent education consultants using spreadsheets to run our business. It wasn’t an ideal situation, but the college guidance platforms available in 2012 were either poorly designed or missing several features we absolutely needed. We continued using Excel. But after three years, the negative side effects had become too painful

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Is Your Student Ready For College?

“Look to your left. Now look to your right. Odds are, one of you is not going to graduate.” Many of us who’ve attended college in the past decade or so might remember hearing these famous last words from a professor or advisor. The message was clear: our job is to give you an opportunity;

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Simplify, Simplify, Simplify with Collegewise Asia

Like so many fledgling businesses, Collegewise started in an apartment. Founded in California in 1999, Collegewise is now America’s largest college counselling organization — and they have even bigger plans for Asia. As Managing Director of Collegewise Asia, there’s a lot on Justin’s plate. He’s responsible for ensuring everything goes smoothly, from student experience to

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5 Metrics Your IEC Needs To Track Now

How do you measure your company’s performance? Here’s how not to do it: by following your gut feeling. A successful business requires a thorough analysis on the work, sales, and financial results. And it can’t be done without tracking relevant business metrics, a measurable value that shows the progress of a company’s business goals. There’s

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Cialfo vs Email

Thanks to the ubiquitous AOL floppy disks and CDs that littered our real mailboxes, email was the backbone of the early internet. It was a simpler time from when 60 or 70% of email was from another human being. Email has continued to put up a good fight since, even through the spam overload of

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