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Acceptional’s mission:

Acceptional will level the playing field in college admissions.

 

Corporate Facts:

  • Acceptional was founded in May 2010.
  • The website was launched in August 2010
  • The website was relaunched in July 2011
  • The founding team is Aaron, Paris and Rory.
  • Our advisor Joel, is the former Executive Vice President of the Princeton Review

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Rory supported himself during the company’s first year by being a medical experimentation subject for money. One experiment studied the effect of suffocation and morphine on brain activity.
  • Paris previously started a genetics company and raised $22 million for it. He had no medical background.
  • Aaron and Paris had been approached by many people while they were in Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School who wanted help getting in. One person actually knocked on Paris’s bedroom window and asked whether he was at Harvard Business School. Then he asked for admissions advice.

 

Recent Press Releases:

9/22/11 - Acceptional.com Introduces New Website That Offers High School Students the Most Comprehensive Online Resource of Winning College Essays to Top U.S. Universities

8/4/11 - College Application Essay Sharing Company Acceptional.com Launches Website, Immediately Passes 1,000 College Essays Uploaded

12/1/10 - Peer-to-Peer Website Reduces Economic Barriers to Ivy League College Admissions


Acceptional.com Introduces New Website That Offers High School Students the Most Comprehensive Online Resource of Winning College Essays to Top U.S. Universities


This new service offers all students an affordable resource that provides equal access to more than 1,200 essays written by individuals who were accepted into top U.S. universities, including the Ivy League, Stanford University and MIT.

CAMBRIDGE, MA - September 22, 2011
Parents of high school seniors looking for the newest edge in helping their kids with college applications should check out Acceptional.com, a new website that offers access to more than 1,200 winning essays into top U.S. universities, including Harvard University and the Ivy League, Stanford University and MIT.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company is tapping into the widespread use of technology and social media among students to seek information, allowing users instant access and insight into the traditional college essay process.

Acceptional.com gives students the ability to sort essays, and view authors’ demographic and academic profiles, so that they can find samples that are relevant to their interests and experiences. An integrated blog, written by high school and college students, provides community support by sharing ideas on topics ranging from financial aid and interviews to school visits and being waitlisted.

Users pay only $5 per essay, providing an affordable solution for any student looking for college resources. Acceptional.com has essays from students who matriculated into the Top 25 U.S. universities, as ranked by US News and World Report.

“Our mission is to help students find their own voice by providing them with the tools they need, through these samples and suggested methodology, to write their own admissions essays,” said Paris Wallace, co-founder and CEO of Acceptional.com.

Acceptional.com meets growing demand for online college resources from a generation that reads more on screens than in books, and turns to Web-based communities for advice. Kids immediately feel a connection with the company, and understand its value: The resources on Acceptional.com help them grasp the composition, style and structure of essays that work to get accepted into a top school. The blog gives them social support through a period of high-stakes pressure in their lives, a process that many struggle with.

The college students who share their essays embrace the service as well, and have become its biggest advocate. Many of the students who contribute essays also write for the blog.

Users of Acceptional.com create an essay profile using several search criteria, including SAT score, gender, location (state and country), work and volunteer experience, and type of high school. If they need help finding an essay relevant to their interests, they can immediately obtain assistance through online chat support. Based on the criteria, Acceptional.com provides students with a list of essay summaries, and they can choose the final ones they want to view.

Before gaining access to the full essay content, each user must agree to Acceptional.com’s anti-plagiarism policy and terms of use. Acceptional.com has a zero-tolerance plagiarism policy and has implemented several measures to prevent it, including working with admissions offices to compare its content against submitted applications, and utilizing technology that disables the copying and pasting, downloading, and printing of content.

More information about Acceptional.com can be found on its website, www.acceptional.com. To read the student blogs, visit http://acceptional.com/blog.

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College Application Essay Sharing Company Acceptional.com Launches Website, Immediately Passes 1,000 College Essays Uploaded


Company Passes 1,000 College Essays and Personal Statement Examples Uploaded Within One Week of Launching new site

 

CAMBRIDGE, MA - August 4, 2011

Acceptional today announced that in the same week as the launch of their new website, which allows college students to share successful college application essays with applicants, they have also surged past a significant milestone – over 1,000 college essays uploaded.

 

The news marks a major step in the startup’s mission of leveling the playing field in college admissions. Acceptional adds transparency for applicants into the mysterious decisions of college admissions departments by giving them the opportunity to see what applicants like them actually wrote to gain admission.

 

Acceptional.com allows college students attending top 25 schools to upload their successful admissions essays and get paid when applicants pay to read their college essays. With over 1,000 successful college essays already on the site, Acceptional has its sights set high.

 

Acceptional CEO Paris Wallace says, “Acceptional gives students a benchmark for college admission essay writing. A college bound senior can find the average GPA or SAT score of their target school but there’s no way to determine the caliber of essay she needs to write to get accepted. Acceptional provides that information to applicants while making it nearly impossible to plagiarize.”

 

Acceptional’s offering doesn’t stop with personal statement examples. Acceptional has developed unique, part-time, virtual internships for high school students interested in adding something unique to their college resumes. Students can join two tracks – one for entrepreneurship, marketing and social media and another for digital journalism. College students at Acceptional’s partner schools can also become campus reps and gain valuable management and marketing experience while still in school.

 

Acceptional takes the threat of plagiarism of the personal statement examples in its database very seriously. The company opens its databases directly to admissions offices and works to get its college essays in the anti-plagiarism database used to scan each college application for plagiarism. In addition, Acceptional uses technology that prevents users from downloading, printing or copying/pasting the essays. Additionally, all users must agree to the company’s strict anti-plagiarism policy.

 

With over 1,000 personal statement examples and counting, Acceptional is quickly gaining traction as an essential tool for college applicants as the 2011-2012 college admissions season approaches. Reading Acceptional college essays and personal statement examples costs $10-$15 per essay, depending on how many you read. To check out Acceptional’s new site, college essay examples and internships visit Acceptional.com.

 

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More About Acceptional

 

Acceptional levels the playing field in college admissions by increasing transparency and access to resources that help applicants apply successfully. Our first service allows applicants to read the successful college essays from current students at top 25 schools who get paid when their college essays are read. Visit www.acceptional.com for more info or to browse essays.

 

Media Contact: Paris, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (415) 830-2865

 

Please visit Acceptional’s Press Page for more information about Acceptional.

 

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Peer-to-Peer Website Reduces Economic Barriers to Ivy League College Admissions


With only 30 days remaining until 4,000,000 students apply for college admission, Acceptional is a new company that allows applicants to review top college essay examples, offering Ivy League admissions insight.

 

CAMBRIDGE, MA - December 1, 2010

Access to elite colleges and universities in the U.S. is anything but equal - each year 58,000 college applicants pay independent college counselors up to $40,000 for advice on successful admissions strategies, and some even have these professionals draft a personalized essay for them. These services give applicants who can afford them a significant advantage in the admissions process. A socially minded startup, Acceptional (www.acceptional.com), has created an online marketplace for top-tier college application essays to help students who can't afford extra help the chance to learn from reading successful application essay examples from Ivy League students. Reading through the hundreds of successful college essays available on the site, applicants can learn what characteristics make an admissions essay successful. For as little as $10 per essay, Acceptional enables high school students who can't pay for an independent counselor, affordable access to the resources that allow them to better compete for admission to college.

 

This new approach of peer-to-peer sharing the admissions space has been met with mixed reviews by college admissions officers. The controversy doesn't bother company co-founder Rory O'Connor, "Admission to this country's elite colleges is not a meritocracy because parents who can afford them pay billions of dollars every year for their children to attend elite college prep high schools, receive years of one-on-one SAT test prep tutoring and benefit from private admissions counseling. The goal of Acceptional is to level the playing field for students whose families can't afford these services but still want to use effective strategies to gain admission to America's top colleges. We want to give all applicants an opportunity to see what current students at Ivy League schools, Stanford and MIT wrote to get into these schools."

 

One of the founders and investors in Acceptional, Paris Wallace, has a personal passion for leveling the playing field in college admissions, "I grew up below the poverty line in California and am the first person from my family to graduate high school. I was fortunate to attend the very best schools in the country on scholarship. While at Amherst College and Harvard University, I realized the huge economic inequality present in the student bodies. Although schools genuinely try to increase economic diversity through admissions, applicants from lower socioeconomic backgrounds don't have the tools or resources to compete for admissions to elite schools. I became passionate about this issue and created Acceptional to provide students affordable access to tools to help them put together a competitive application."

 

Acceptional is also committed to increasing honesty in the admissions process. Every user of the site has to agree to the same academic honesty policy that colleges require students to sign on their applications. The company has also proactively contacted admissions offices across the country to form partnerships to detect and prevent unethical activity. The company is also working to ensure its essays are in Turnitin.com's database, a leader in academic dishonesty prevention.

 

Both current students and applicants have embraced the site. Just weeks after launching, Acceptional has amassed a database of over 350 successful admissions essays and received thousands of hits from across the country.

 

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More About Acceptional

 

Acceptional levels the playing field in college admissions by increasing transparency and access to resources that help applicants apply successfully. Our first service allows applicants to read the successful college essays from current students at top 25 schools who get paid when their college essays are read. Visit www.acceptional.com for more info or to browse essays.

 

Media Contact: Paris, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (415) 830-2865

 

Please visit Acceptional’s Press Page for more information about Acceptional.

 

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