Choosing a college? Now there’s an app for that

Like a matchmaker for higher ed, a new app feature purports to pair prospective students with the school of their dreams.

app-school-matcherBoston-based app developer LTG Exam Platform has introduced a new feature to their free adaptive standardized test prep apps, Prep4SAT and Prep4GMAT, that aims to match students with their ideal colleges.

The new “School Matcher” feature was recently released on iOS and Android, and is designed to make the search phase of the admissions process as easy and fun as using a modern dating app.

Through a unique algorithm based on a student’s personal preferences and estimated test scores, the app will pair its 200,000 users with schools that are predicted to be perfect matches.

How the App Works

More specifically, the algorithm synthesizes information across 30 data points that include answers from a short survey that gauges student preferences on attributes like school size, tuition range and location type. By adding those factors to a list of schools a student is already interested in, the app then finds new compatible institutions to suggest to the user from their database of over 500 schools.

“Choosing which college to go to is one of the biggest decisions I’ll make,” said Jack Chasanoff, a high school senior who recently took the SAT. “The School Matcher feature helped me find schools that weren’t even on my radar, and now they may be major contenders.”

Another new feature in the update is the leaderboard component, which allows students to set up a private user name and then see how other students with similar test scores, or who are located in their area, are faring in the testing and admissions process. This feature may be useful to connect to like-minded students interested in the same schools, or even to simply size up the competition in a friendly way.

(Next page: What institutions get out of it)