AdmitSee, a San Francisco, CA-based startup that aims to bring transparency to college admissions and democratize the application process, raised $1.8m in seed funding.
Backers included the Social + Capital Partnership, FOUNDER.org, and Imagine K12’s Start Fund, among others.
The company intends to use the funds to to grow its sales and marketing efforts.
Founded in 2013 by Lydia Fayal and Stephanie Shyu, AdmitSee provides a Peer-to-peer college admissions platform where users can see thousands of real students’ application files. On admitsee.com, applicants browse anonymous, basic profiles for free and pay to unlock the full profiles (including essays), with a 50% portion going to the college student who uploaded this content. College students also make money by answering users’ questions and providing application/resume review. The company, which also provides universities and employers with data to micro-target potential candidates, is building a free enterprise platform for high school counselors to track and advise students – creating a pipeline of users and content.