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Monster Launches to Help Students Get into the School that's Right for Them

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Centre Daily Times, September 24, 2008 provides unbiased research and expert advice from educational leaders to aide prospective college students in selecting the right college.

Today, at the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) annual conference, Monster(R) announced the launch of, a comprehensive online resource geared toward providing tips and helping prospective college students and their parents find - and get into - the right school for them.

"As the college admissions process becomes increasingly competitive, and the cost of tuition continues to climb, it's more important than ever that students and their parents have resources to help them hone into the schools that best align with the student's interest and needs," noted Mark Stoever, executive vice president of Internet Advertising and Fees for Monster. "With the introduction of we are able to offer unbiased, comprehensive assistance to prospective students as they research their options and formulate their applications. And, with Monster companion sites and, we are able to help students with the admissions process and the financial planning component as well."

Andrew Flagel, Dean of Admissions for George Mason University, and a member of's expert panel, commented, "With so many resources available to students and parents regarding admissions advice and support, it can be challenging to know where to start and what information to trust. Families should look for unbiased, expert insight along with perspectives from current students at target schools - this ensures they're making the most informed decisions about where to apply." provides advice for a wide variety of post-secondary schools across the nation. Visitors can find a wide-ranging, interactive guide to better research and prepare for the college admissions process. Features unique to the site include:

-- "Ask an Expert": Students and parents can pose questions directly to a panel of professional and academic experts, who will then respond in a public forum. The panel will continually evolve and currently includes Dr. Andrew Flagel, Dean of Admissions for George Mason University; Dr. Uma Gupta, founder and CEO of global management consulting company Global Cube Consulting; and in-house financial aid expert, and publisher of, Mark Kantrowitz.

-- Community Discussion Boards: Provides users with the opportunity to engage with peers and experts alike in an open-discussion forum with blogs, boards and threads for relevant news items that are most popular among users.

-- User-Generated School Rankings: Beginning in November, these top-ten lists call out the best schools for particular majors and fields of study based upon research conducted among FastWeb users. The lists will continually evolve based on input from visitors.

About is the destination for college-bound students and their parents seeking to find unbiased information on post-secondary institutions along with what it takes to get into the school of their choice. Providing expert commentary, open forums with peers and educational authorities and exclusive student rankings,  is a comprehensive resource for students at any stage of the college research process.

FastWeb supports a national community of students, parents, educators, and scholarship providers by helping students realize their dreams of higher education. Best known for its vast college scholarship matching engine, FastWeb also aids students with a match to relevant colleges, part-time jobs and internships based on that student's profile detail. More than 28,000 high schools and 4,000 colleges throughout the U.S. send students and their parents to FastWeb to obtain value from its college financial planning resources. For more information visit FastWeb at

As a free public service site, FinAid offers guidance on securing financial aid, information about school loan programs, advice and tools to help students finance their education and tips to help students coordinate their loan application processes. The site has won awards from the College Board, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students and the American Institute for Public Service.


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