Parents' Guide to

Pointer College Discovery

By Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Solid school finder sells data, not comprehensive.

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Having a tool to find a college might help with the overhwhelming process, but you do sacrifice your data and may not find what you're looking for. Pointer College Discovery aims to help prospective college students explore the process, not just in terms of finding out basic information about a college or university based on location, size or application fee. It also shares suggestions and quizzes to help kids keep track of important deadlines and explore their interests, personalities and other priorities.

Unfortunately, there are many excellent colleges and universities that were not included in the app recommendations. At times it feels like inputting all of the information requested when signing up is more of a benefit to the colleges and universities who might be purchasing it from the developer, versus aiding the students in their search for the next step in their academic career. Pointer College Discovery may be a good start for high school juniors who are just beginning to think about the college application process as they begin to get their thoughts together and familiarize themselves with the process. However, given that it isn't an inclusive list, students could be missing out on finding the college or university of their dreams if they're not doing additional research in the process.

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