December 19, 2011

Acceptly – Get Innovative and Get In

College admission requirements are getting tougher every year, as more and more qualified students look for acceptance at top universities around the country. Acceptly is a web-application that guides its users through the process of applying for college in ways that a guidance counselor couldn’t dream of. The application provides customized recommendations that can increase anyone’s chances of getting accepted at the school of their choice.

If you’re a high school student who’s anxious about the college admissions process, then you’re a person who could benefit from checking out Acceptly. Log in with a Facebook account, then enter your high school and graduation year to begin. Acceptly will ask you questions about the colleges you’re considering, and based on your responses the system will come up with specific challenges that you must accomplish if you want to get in. Challenges are broken down into categories, like Academics, Testing, Application, and Financial Aid, and include things like “Participate in community service” or “Sign up for the ACT.” When you’re ready to get to work, click on the challenge title and follow Acceptly’s step-by-step instructions. Acceptly is also the place where you’ll want to store all your testing scores, grades, and community service information to refer back to when it comes time to actually start applying at your favorite schools.

Another component to the Acceptly application has to do with points and badges, which users can earn by completing certain challenges. Acceptly also has a helpful “Question” section, where students can input questions and receive responses from qualified college prep experts within just 24 hours. For a free application, Acceptly is both useful and fun.

Practical Uses:

  • Find out what it takes to get into your dream school
  • Learn about important dates and milestones in the application process
  • Get step-by-step instructions on how to secure admissions into any university
  • Ask burning questions to a college prep expert and get responses within 24 hours

Insider Tips:

  • Acceptly can be used by students, as well as parents, teachers, and counselors
  • Badges and points can be shared via Facebook
  • Users can input as many dream schools as they wish
  • Acceptly will store a user’s testing scores and other information

What we liked:

  • Acceptly is full of good college admissions advice
  • Users can motivate their friends to get started planning their own futures by posting Acceptly badges and points on their Facebook pages
  • Acceptly is a fun way to get teenagers excited about applying to college
  • Students can ask their own questions and receive responses fairly quickly

What we didn’t like:

  • Acceptly doesn’t seem to offer many “tricks” or “hacks” for getting into college that we hadn’t heard before


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2011
  • Privately Held
  • Founded by: Matt Munson, Todd Emaus, and Steve Bull
  • Web site:


  • Free

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