Jan 15, 2008

ConnectEdu Announces Connect!'s Annual Top 25 Colleges & Universities

Michigan State University Tops on This Year’s List

Boston, MA – January 21, 2008 – ConnectEdu, the nation’s leading provider of integrated curriculum, college and career planning solutions, is pleased to announce the Connect! Annual Top 25 Colleges and Universities list of 2007. The annual list represents the schools that were the most popular college choices among the 500,000 Connect! users for 2007. Michigan State University, a progressive institution that has been a leader in the paperless admissions movement, moved into the top spot on this year’s list, up from last year’s second place. Connect!’s Top 25 list is comprised of institutions from over 4,200 colleges and universities nationwide that are highlighted on Connect!

The Top 25 are:

1. Michigan State University
2. University of Michigan
3. Central Michigan University
4. Grand Valley State University
5. Wayne State University
6. Western Michigan University
7. Boston University
8. New York University
9. Eastern Michigan University
10. University of Massachusetts Amherst
11. Northeastern University
12. University of Connecticut
13. Rutgers University
14. Boston College
15. Oakland University
16. Harvard University
17. Cornell University
18. University of Missouri, Columbia
19. University of Pennsylvania
20. Brown University
21. University of Kansas
22. Yale University
23. University of Rhode Island
24. Duke University
25. Clark Atlanta University

The Top 25 list was compiled using aggregate data from the Connect! platform to determine which schools across the nation appeared most frequently on “Connect! College Lists” through December 2007. With Connect!, students, their parents and guidance counselors complete the official college list after researching and determining best-fitting colleges from among over 4,200 detailed school profiles. Using integrated student academic data coupled with the student’s college preferences, Connect! provides suitable matches based on criteria such as location, size, majors, extracurriculars plus average GPA, SAT, ACT scores. Finalized schools on the list represent the colleges and universities to which the student will apply.

In addition, Connect! guides students through the entire application and financial aid process and integrates electronically with college partners’ admissions offices to simplify the entire “going-to-college-to-career” process.

According to Craig Powell, President and CEO of ConnectEdu, “Our Annual Top 25 list proves that when given the access tools and the choice, students appreciate the connection with local colleges as evident in Michigan, but also want exposure to institutions across the country. With Connect!, we deliver that connectivity within and across state borders to provide students with a more comprehensive perspective in planning their future.”

For more information on introducing your high school or college to Connect! call 888-887-8380 or visit www.connectedu.net.

Check out the complete list of the Connect! Top 200 Colleges & Universities.

About ConnectEdu, Inc.
In 2002, President & Founder Craig Powell established ConnectEdu to simplify the college admissions and financial aid process for all involved. Believing that students must be at the core of a solution, the ConnectEdu team began development of Connect! – a web solution that benchmarks every 9th -12th grade student against a comprehensive college plan, virtually connects high schools to higher education institutions directly, and provides the tools for everyone involved in the admissions and financial aid process to do their work. Students are empowered, parents are engaged and counselors are enabled with modern technology that enhances college counseling and allows them to return to the core of their mission – assisting students in making one of the most important decisions in their lives. Today, Connect! is the industry leading national going-to-college portal.