High Schoolers Use Chat Rooms to Reach College Admissions' Officers
Education Week - about 4 years
High school students today are collecting information about colleges—from the majors they offer to admissions standards to on-campus social life— through forums that many teenagers are probably already familiar with: online chats.
Students are able to gather details directly from admissions officials, and in some cases from students at the higher education institutions they're considering attending, through a service named CollegeWeekLive, as noted in a recent story by the Los Angeles Times.
About 500 colleges, including two- and four-year and public and private institutions, participate in the service, paying a fee based on how they use the site, Martha Collins, a spokeswoman for the Needham, Mass.-based company, told Education Week. Students are asked to register and then can use the site for free; 1.2 million students, from 50 states and 191 countries, are currently signed up.
Not surprisingly, the busiest time for the service runs from roughly November through Feb
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