Students shortlisting universities more suited to their preferences
Erin praises BridgeU for helping students to reflect more on their decision-making when applying to a university, from the destination they shortlist through to their eventual application. She notes that both the Profile Builder and the University Matching features have motivated students to apply to destinations they wouldn’t normally have considered.
Students are also shortlisting universities outside the traditional criteria of league tables and university reputation. Instead, the guidance team works with students to research universities that are closer to their personal preferences. Erin comments: “It encourages students to reflect more on the decisions they’re making.” Students ultimately collate their BridgeU university research into a Powerpoint presentation, which they’re required to present to the guidance team and their parents.
BridgeU’s ability to sort global universities into ‘Reach, Match, and Safety’ options has made AISB students think critically about their chance of acceptance and how they can set themselves apart in the university application process. For students strategising their university applications, Erin explains that BridgeU encourages students to think about what she calls their “plus one” attribute – that personal quality beyond grades and test scores that will make a university notice them. This self-reflection allows students to understand where they may need to improve their applications and, ultimately, improve their chance of acceptance.
Erin is also beginning to use BridgeU to track student’s applications and analyse other factors that might be affecting their chance of success. She credits BridgeU’s data analytics for helping her to easily share reports on student outcomes with other staff members and school leadership: “When someone needs information, I can break down students’ destinations by region, by deadline and share matriculation data.”