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CollegeWeekLive Now Connects Students and Colleges Live Online, Every Day

   Enhanced AlwaysON Platform and Mobile Chat Application Enable
       Students to Connect to Colleges Anytime, Anywhere via

BOSTON, Feb. 2, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Anticipating 1,000,000 college
visits in 2012, CollegeWeekLive will open its doors 365 days a year to
create AlwaysON, a live channel where students and colleges meet
online. CollegeWeekLive AlwaysON features weekly expert presentations,
unlimited access to colleges, unlimited chat sessions, and online
visits organized by both colleges and high school counselors. Speakers
such as Dr. Gary Gruber, Harlan Cohen, and Ted Fiske will host monthly

Students search for colleges every day, but are often frustrated to
find they can't have a meaningful conversation unless that college is
one of the few that visit their high school. "I like being able to
interact with someone live versus waiting for an answer via email or
mail," said Bri Falcon, a student in Connecticut. International and
out-of-state students who can't travel to college campuses are often
left without any reasonable options.

While the largest segment of college admissions inquiries is initiated
online, most colleges spend less than the cost of one traveling
admissions representative online. Despite $300,000 to $3 million spent
annually on staff and travel to high schools, colleges reach just 10%
of high schools and reach an even smaller fraction of college-bound
students through visits to high schools. Sending admissions staff to
visit high schools is expensive and time consuming, and is not
effective in a wired world.

What's more, high schools may feel that college admission visits
disrupt class schedules and create a scheduling burden for guidance
staff that is overworked and undermanned. High school counselors argue
that students connect to a mere handful of colleges through these
visits, when they should be considering a wider range of higher
education possibilities.

CollegeWeekLive offers instant gratification in an AlwaysON world.
Colleges can now engage with students actively researching their school
and answer admissions questions easily and personally online. Colleges
can now build a connection with prospective students at every step of
the admissions process via CollegeWeekLive, from initial awareness to
evaluation, to application and final enrollment.

With CollegeWeekLive AlwaysON, any of the 20,000 high schools in the
CollegeWeekLive Counselor NetworkÔ may request online visits with
colleges that their students have expressed interest in, eliminating
the need for onsite visits. Counselors will now be notified of which
colleges are available at CollegeWeekLive each week, and if a member
college isn't available, counselors can request an online visit. "It's
been a delight to watch my students grow as they chat with admissions
counselors and current students live," said Jennifer Restauri, a
counselor in Texas.

Likewise, CollegeWeekLive participating colleges can schedule their own
online visits with high schools anywhere worldwide, and reach
CollegeWeekLive's current audience of 450,000 students in 191 countries
while also taking advantage of CollegeWeekLive's established calendar
of online admissions events.

Colleges have been quick to take advantage of CollegeWeekLive AlwaysON.
The following universities are among the initial members of the
exclusive beta launch.

  --  Bowling Green State University
  --  Colorado Mesa University
  --  CUNY, Hunter College
  --  Dallas Baptist University
  --  FIDM
  --  Florida Atlantic University
  --  Holy Names University
  --  Kent State
  --  Kettering University
  --  Knox College
  --  Lawrence Technological University
  --  LIU Brooklyn
  --  Michigan Technological University
  --  Mississippi State University
  --  Mount St. Mary's University
  --  Oregon Institute of Technology
  --  Illinois Institute of Technology
  --  Pepperdine University
  --  Stony Brook University
  --  Syracuse University
  --  University of California, Davis
  --  University of California, Santa Barbara
  --  University of Chicago
  --  University of Houston
  --  University of Idaho
  --  University of Louisville
  --  University of Melbourne
  --  University of North Florida
  --  University of North Texas
  --  University of Oklahoma
  --  University of Oregon
  --  University of Tampa
  --  University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  --  University of Vermont
  --  Western Michigan University
  --  William Patterson University

"When students make real connections with college reps they are most
likely to enroll," said Robert Rosenbloom, president and CEO of
CollegeWeekLive. "AlwaysON will enable colleges to have more live
conversations than ever before. Colleges will create compelling events
on the fly and get more students to respond at every stage of the
process." AlwaysON member colleges can now leverage unlimited text and
video chat to schedule online visits with the high schools they don't

Colleges need to be available when and where students search, and for
many students that is from their smart phone. The release of
CollegeWeekLive's mobile chat application for iPhone, iPad, and Android
is central to CollegeWeekLive AlwaysON. "This is the first mobile chat
application designed for college admissions," said Rosenbloom.
"Students browsing for colleges while on the bus ride home will be able
to chat with college representatives, providing the type of immediate
response this generation expects. The seamless integration with
AlwaysON enables colleges to go mobile without any additional cost."

For more information on CollegeWeekLive and AlwaysON, please contact
617-938-6023 or

If you are a member of the media and would like to hear more about
CollegeWeekLive, please contact Press(at) Colleges
and universities or student services providers interested in
participating should contact 617.938.6023 or

CollegeWeekLive is the leading channel for live conversations with
prospective students. Colleges can now reach far more high schools than
they could visit in person, engage students in an online environment
they prefer, and improve results at every stage of the enrollment
process. CollegeWeekLive is an efficient channel for colleges to make
real connections with students. Since 2007, hundreds of thousands of
students from 191 countries have visited CollegeWeekLive to seek out
expert advice on their college choice.

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