There are thousands of universities out there with thousands of websites. They all have different procedures when it comes to applying for admissions. But now there's a web site called collegiatezone.net trying to change that. "The current process of getting into college is just overwhelming," said Stuart Scandridge of Collegiate Zone Enterprises.
Scandrige developed the web site four years ago in hopes of making it easier for Houston area students to apply for college.
"All you have to do is enter some personal information, educational information and you match yourself with colleges," said Nathan Fox who is a sophomore at Seven Lakes High School in Katy.
"It's just really amazing that just bring is all together," said Sarah Giles who is a senior at the same school.
Here's how it works:
- You log on
- Enter your information and before you know it you've been matched to several schools that meet your needs and goals.
"We take the guess work out and work load, labor, out of filling out multiple college applications and scholarship applications online one at a time," Scandridge said.
For Fox who is a sophomore, the site allows him to begin his search early. So when it's time to apply he knows exactly what he needs to get into the school he wants.
"Based on what you put into the computer it matches you to what colleges fit you best," Fox said.
Giles on the other hand is a senior and has already been accepted to UT. Her focus now is paying for it.
"I just type in the college and University of Texas and it came up with about 25 different scholarships," she said.
"Many kids don't reach the level of higher education because of administrative and lack of funding and financial aid available to get there," Scandridge said.
High school guidance counselors who work with college bound students agree.
"I think now with the Internet and the way college counseling and admissions offices use the Internet, it's ultimately easier to apply," said Chris Barbic with Yes Prep.
The service isn't free. It will run you about $60 bucks a year.