The college admission process can be a confusing mess of transcripts,
financial aid forms and SAT scores, but the advent of the Internet
brings the possibility of a one-stop enrollment for students,
"It's unbelievable. You don't know where to start or what
to do. It's trial and error, at the mercy of everybody telling me what
to do," said Carol Wright, a mother of a prospective student in
Georgia has launched gacollege411.org, which streamlines
the admission process. The site is modeled after a similar site in
North Carolina and has already signed on 100,000 students and families
in 18 months.
Thirty-five states have similar sites. The sites include information
on every private and public college and the programs offered.
The site includes free preparation classes for the SAT
college-entrance exam, a class planner for students entering high
school, applications to more than 100 colleges, virtual campus tours,
and information on getting one of the state's full-ride,
Although the sites are expensive to build and maintain, the benefit
of providing easier access is paying off. North Carolina's cfnc.org, has
helped increase enrollment rate from 57 percent to 68 percent of high
"What we were trying to do is level the playing field,"
said Bobby Kanoy, senior associate vice president for academic and
student affairs with the University of North Carolina system. "We had
to get that information in the hands of students and parents who
otherwise wouldn't have thought about going to college."