August 10, 2011
We’ve covered local DC education startup CampusSplash a few times over the past several months as they’ve rolled out products such as AdmissionSplash and DormSplash. Their products have been gaining traction, but the main site, CampusSplash, has been primarily a blog publishing related content – until now.
Beginning today, CampusSplash now has a new identity as a Q&A platform uniquely focused on the higher education space. As co-founder Allen Gannett explained to me, the questions that kids have about colleges are not new or unique. They’ve been answered a thousand times. But there’s been no system that’s captured that and made the information widely available. If you have a crappy guidance counselor and a limited network, you may never get answers to many of your questions. But with the site’s new Q&A platform students can ask as many questions as they want – about everything from student life to academic programs.
CampusSplash is a Q&A platform that aims to solve education search by creating a common set of knowledge about every college, university, and educational program. – Allen Gannett
The audience for CampusSplash includes the roughly 2 million high school students planning on going to college (and their concerned parents). According to BrainTrack, there are over 7,000 higher education institutions in the U.S., and of that, there are roughly 2400 four year schools for high school students to choose from. That’s a lot of potential questions. And on the business side, there are many schools and services who will certainly pay to have their own experts involved. Each school within a given university can have experts answering questions that potential students might ask.
The platform was built by the same team who built the college admissions Facebook App, AdmissionSplash, and has topics for every college and university in the U.S. Students can ask and have questions answered by current students, alumni, parents, admission officers, experts, and more.
Who’s their biggest competition right now? Private college counselors. And according to this young but determined team, it looks like they don’t plan on resting until they start putting these counselors out of business. Even if that doesn’t happen, for the thousands of kids who don’t have the benefit of a private counselor, they now have a potentially rich resource at their disposal.
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