Educator Resources

Free services to help counselors and students through the college admissions process.

Educator Resources

Free services to help counselors and students through the college admissions process.


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Partner with Collegewise

Looking for additional resources to offer your students? We've got your back. We regularly partner with schools and school districts to provide targeted webinars to their students that will assist them through the challenges of the college admissions process. Our expert college counselors can present insightful webinars on a range of topics. Below are some of the most popular topics we cover.

State of the Nation: How COVID-19 Impacts College Admissions

Learn about the current climate in admissions, changes and trends and how to weather the storm. We’ll talk about what challenges higher education is seeing and how this impacts the students college admissions process.

Highly Selective College Admissions 

Grades, test scores, and impressive activities alone won’t get a student admitted to schools that reject almost all of their applicants. In this webinar, we'll explain how do students who get accepted to the nation’s most selective colleges set themselves apart.

Admission 101: Secrets of College Admissions   

This webinar will help families separate college admissions fact from fiction and enjoy the college process a little more. We’ll discuss grades, test scores, activities, and everything else colleges evaluate, including how COVID-19 impacts admissions.

Testing 101: Timelines and Approach

Our presenters will cover appropriate testing timelines, the differences between the SAT and ACT, how to decide which test is better for your student, how colleges interpret test scores, and which test prep option (if any) is right for you.

Character Counts! Why Courage, Creativity, and Collaboration Matter in College Admissions

In this presentation, you’ll learn how SEL distinguishes itself from academic factors and why even the most selective of colleges place an immense value on empathy, ethical behavior, and engagement with others.

How to Write a Great College Essay

We’ll explain what admissions officers actually want (and don’t want) to read, reveal the five most overused essay topics on which far too many kids rely, and teach writing techniques that will help any student write more engaging and effective college essays.


Enroll in our free college admissions course, including a track for all ages of high school students as well as educators.

After input from educators throughout the country, we created Runway, a series of college planning resources, carefully structured to give students and counselors the tips, tools, and timelines they need to reach their goals.

Resources for Your Students
Creative Activities

Download our guide that includes

over 100 creative ways to spend free time.

Test Optional Overview

Learn about what test optional

means and how it works.

Common App Guide

60+ pages of best practices to

complete your Common App.

Letters of Recommendation

A Guide for School Counselors and Teachers

Our Founder, Kevin McMullin, created this 65-page guide to help educators craft the best letters of recommendation possible. Much of this material is drawn from his conversations with colleagues at Collegewise, many of whom joined us after working as college admissions officers at some of the most selective schools in the country.

They’ve openly shared their insights about exactly how they used letters of recommendation during the admissions process, how some letters can make all the difference, and how even well-meaning letters sometimes miss vital information that could have helped.

Click here to download it now.

Scholarship Program

The Collegewise Scholarship will allow low-income students to work one-on-one with one of our counselors, who will help them navigate the entire college selection and application process.

From building a college list to crafting a personal statement, a Collegewise counselor will assist all the way through the nuts and bolts of the college application process.

Best of the Collegewise Blog

A Hot Take on College Rankings
  • The world of admissions is perceived to be a competition, and hyper-selective schools are perceived to be the prize. That’s why the U.S. News and World Report rankings have gotten attention – a list showcasing those top prizes and essentially devaluing those not present on that list.


Literary Hot Takes: 15 Book Recommendations for Students
  • Some of you may be looking for the best book to fulfill your required reading, and some of you may just be nerds looking for a good book. I made this list for both of you, to prove that you can have a little bit of fun with your reading no matter the reason behind it.


Tips for Virtual College Visits
  • Students are now visiting college campuses virtually, attending virtual recruitment events, and speaking to admission counselors almost solely through a screen. This article is going to break down the best ways to interact with your admission counselor by asking thoughtful questions that will help you truly get to know a campus and its culture.


Community Partnerships

Our most important work is sharing quality information with students, combating fear with facts, empowering students to take ownership of this important step in their education, and making sure that wherever they land, they can articulate why they’re there, what they will contribute, and what they want to get out of the experience. 

As leading experts in college admissions, we are woven into the very fabric of the communities we serve. We speak at hundreds of high schools and local events each year. Hundreds of thousands of people read our newsletters, blog, book, and watch our videos. We are proud to partner with organizations like Reach Higher, Michelle Obama's education initiative, and do our best to give back through our scholarship program.

Counseling Memberships

NACAC: National Association for College Admission Counseling

WACAC: Western Association for College Admission Counseling

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