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Why We Need College Advising

“In a just society, an education isn’t a luxury item.” 

— Caitlin Flanagan

Why do we, as a society, have to make college advising accessible to every high school student?

Because college graduates increase their lifetime earnings by $1 million, increase employment stability by 50%, gain social capital, and benefit from the intrinsic value of the college.

The college admissions process is complex. Naturally, 17-year-olds struggle to make a decision that shapes their entire future.

To make matters worse, access to resources is extremely disproportionate based on income. This makes the transition to college even harder for some students and has long term consequences. Not to mention, this decision can cost a teen thousands of dollars in student loans.

60% of students from high-income families go on to complete their degree. Only 16% of students from low-income families do so.

If we care about social mobility in the U.S. we have to find a way to make college advising accessible to all.

Our mission is to increase the graduation rate and prepare students for college through mobile technology.

Undecided helps students make informed decisions about college. Guided journaling and goal-setting exercises are used alongside 1 on 1 chats with professional advisors.

The app guides students to find best-fit schools, apply for financial aid, and prepare for college so they can successfully transition into their future lives. 

We are opening up the type of customized guidance traditionally accessible only to privileged students. We’re building Undecided to serve as an accessible college advisor for every student in America. 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

— Nelson Mandela

By decentralizing college counseling through mobile-technology and artificial intelligence, by giving every high schooler a college advisor, we’re building Undecided to make education a right instead of a privilege

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