What is Unigo?
Powered by a network of the nation’s top college counselors and a vibrant community of enrolled college students, Unigo is the Web’s largest resource of information to find, get in, and pay for college. Unigo offers the ability for prospective students to have live one-on-one sessions with college counselors and current college students from around the country. With more than 15,000 college students and counselors available for sessions, prospective students can browse and search based on the type of desired session, areas of interest, region and much more. The counselors and college students available for live sessions have all been personally vetted by the Unigo team to ensure a valuable and informative experience. Prospective students also use Unigo for admissions advice and access to more than 200,000 multimedia reviews by students on 6,500 campuses across the country, for free. The reviews on Unigo are included in US News & World Report’s college directory and rankings. Founded in 2008, Unigo is based in New York and funded by McGraw Hill and angel investors.
Who is behind Unigo?
Unigo.com is a Unigo Group property. Unigo Group improves students’ decision making and success by providing the most personalized and accurate platform for matching students with schools, financing, rewards and jobs.
Unigo Group is a subsidiary of Aequitas Holdings, LLC (“Aequitas”). With over $500 million in assets under management, Aequitas is a credit-focused investment management firm that builds and distributes income-producing alternative investment solutions to institutional and high net worth clients. With a lending and fund management platform, Aequitas focuses on high yielding strategies within education, healthcare and private credit. Aequitas is headquartered in Portland, OR with over 200 employees and offices in SanDiego, Jacksonville, FL, and New York.
What problem does Unigo solve?
Where you go to college is one of the four most expensive decisions of your life, as well as one of the most important. Yet, in many states, like California, there is only one college counselor for every 950 students. This means many students receive less than 20 minutes of counseling per year to help them figure out how to apply and pay for college. Additionally, when it comes to choosing a school most students make their decision by looking at the school’s own website. Thus, they are essentially taking the schools word for it. For a decision this important there had to be a better way. So Unigo was created, and has become the web’s largest resource for information on how to get in and pay for college. Since launch, Unigo has helped more than 4 million families by connecting them virtually with college advisors who can help them apply, get in and pay for college and with current students who can help them figure out what a school is really like.
How are current college students verified?
To host live sessions on Unigo college students must register with a valid .edu email issued by their school. Once registered, college students may begin creating content. Once a minimum amount of content creation is reached, Unigo will review the student’s account. Once the account is approved the student may create availability and begin hosting live sessions about their school.
How are college counselors approved?
Unigo operates an open marketplace for college counselors. Once registered, college counselors may begin creating content. When a minimum amount of content creation is reached the user’s account will be reviewed. Unigo will then review all publically available information on the counselor as well working with the professional counseling organizations to get a better understanding of a counselor’s status and background. If approved, the counselor will then be allowed to create availability and being hosting live sessions.
What are Live Sessions?
A Live Session is a 60 minute live video/audio meeting with a top college counselor or 30 minute live video meeting with a current college student. These sessions allow prospective students and their families a chance to gather expert advice tailored to their needs. Sessions are available on everything from the admissions essay and financial aid package review to what a school’s dorms are really like. Unigo’s extensive and diverse group of college counselors and college students is always growing, making it easy for you to find the perfect match to answer your specific questions.
Where does Unigo’s content come from?
Student College Reviews:
Current college students are invited to create views of their college based on their own personal experience at the school. To contribute a review about a college a current .edu email associated with the school is required. Current college students can submit text, photo and video content about their college experience. Student reviews cover a range of topics including the dorms, professors, the campus and classes. Once a current college student has submitted the minimum amount of content we will review their account so that they may be approved to conduct chat sessions with prospective students.
College Counselor Advice:
Our growing and vibrant network of the top college counselors and financial aid advisors create thousands of pieces of advice on how to find, get in, and pay for college. Counselors contributing advice on Unigo have worked in college admissions offices, high schools and private practices. These counselors are now bringing their combined expertise to millions of students and parents each month on Unigo.com. Each counselor’s background, experience, current position and areas of expertise are listed on their Unigo profile. Before a college counselor can begin conducting live sessions with prospective students Unigo reviews their content, background and expertise. Our fantastic network of approved experts are available to speak with you and answer any questions you may have about the college search, application and financial aid process via live chat sessions!
College Stats and Information
We keep up to date stats and information on hundreds of colleges across the country with the help of college admissions departments, The National Center for Education Statistics and The Common Data Set Initiative. We are constantly working to maintain relevant and accurate statistics on each school listed on Unigo.
Blog and Editorial Content and Rankings
We work with our extensive network of current college students and top college counselors to create new editorial content exclusive to Unigo.com, our blog and newsletters. We utilize current college information and statistics as well as students reviews to create our college rankings lists.