College & Career Readiness

Connecting learning to life.

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Hobsons connects learning to life by matching students to opportunity across a lifetime of education decisions.

Nearly 60% of first-year college students find they aren’t prepared for college, despite being technically eligible for it. Employers are also finding that students are not being properly prepared for the workforce in key areas.

We aim to change that by delivering college and career readiness solutions that help bridge the gap between college access and completion by engaging students throughout their educational journey.

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Match and Fit

Connect with Best-Fit Students

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Intersect™ facilitates increased institutional awareness, connections with best-fit students, and networking opportunities with school counselors who advise students on their postsecondary options.

You can add thousands of students to the top of your enrollment funnel, but are they students who are ready to hear your message and interested in what your institution can offer?

Intersect™ helps you focus on students who are both a match for your institution and for whom your institution is a good fit, increasing the likelihood of successful application and enrollment.

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Intersect™ by Hobsons is an innovative, comprehensive platform of matching solutions that helps higher ed institutions increase awareness with high school counselors and students to facilitate connections with best-fit students.

Michael Brown

The Hobsons Counselor Community allows our university to have a conversation with one of the most important influencers in the college search: the high school counselor. Just like with a prospective student, having an ongoing dialogue about our university with the school counseling staff allows them to get a more complete picture about what we have to offer and more importantly, allows the high school counselors to form a clearer picture about which students at their school would be a good fit at our university. Finding a university that is a good fit for the student is what the college search is all about.

Michael Brown
Director of Admission, Heidelberg University, Ohio
Intersect Awareness

Raise awareness of your institution with students, families, and school counselors by displaying enhanced College Profile Pages within Naviance, with information students need to help determine whether your institution would be a good fit for them. Additionally, the Hobsons Counselor Community brings together school counselors and college admission counselors in a professional community intended to increase communication and networking, provide valuable information, and, ultimately, help students make good decisions about where to apply and enroll.

Intersect Connection

Students need to know when they are a potential match for your institution, learn more about what your institution offers, and connect with your college or university if it appears to be a good fit. ActiveMatch helps students discover best-fit higher education options by allowing them to connect with colleges and universities looking for prospective students just like them. You can identify characteristics indicating which students are a good academic match, as well as find students who fit specific demographic variables (race, ethnicity, geography, class year, attendance at an under-represented school) and present messages about your institution to students who possess those characteristics. Students choosing to “connect” with your institution via ActiveMatch are highly likely to apply.

Intersect Presence

To help increase in-person connections with students, Events enables you to promote on-campus activities and events to students, who can then RSVP within Naviance. RepVisits reduces the time and effort needed to set up a high school visit schedule and sign up for college fairs. You can schedule multiple high schools in the same city at once, see travel optimization recommendations, and learn critical details about the high school before you arrive.

Student Success & Advising

From start to finish.

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We believe every student should be able to finish what they start.

No two students are alike, but all of them face challenges as they navigate their higher education experiences. Fortunately, you have people and systems in place to help them. But to move the needle, you must accelerate, automate and optimize your student retention strategies.
There is no time to waste.

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Over 10 years ago, Starfish set the standard for student success technology with early alerts. We’ve continued to lead the industry, raising the bar to include enhanced case management tools, predictive analytics, student support integration and academic planning. We know that the best way to improve your students’ experience is to start with a strategic plan outlining key institutional goals and metrics. We are also committed to expanding our product offering to include tools for career exploration and degree planning allowing students to create an adaptive academic plan that not only works for all students but also adjusts as their circumstances change.

The Starfish Enterprise Success Platform helps nearly 500 colleges and universities - more than all other organizations in the industry - scale their student success efforts so more students can achieve their academic and life goals. By helping higher education institutions leverage reliable data to pinpoint areas of concern and opportunity within courses and student populations, as well as institutional programs and services, Starfish connects these findings to action by identifying at-risk students, connecting students with valuable resources, and building career and academic plans to achieve student goals with the least momentum lost.

Trevor Rehm

We want to help students stay focused on achieving their ultimate goal of graduation. Starfish gives them the ability to connect with the correct resources to do just that.

Trevor Rehm
System Administrator, University of Montana
Strategic Approaches

Let us help! We listen carefully to all your stakeholders in order to make sure we meet your specific needs. Starfish consultants can assess your institutional readiness for change, catalyze important conversations, identify your strengths, configure your system, train your champions, and measure the impact of your current student success landscape so you can plan for the future.

Student Engagement

Research shows students are more likely to succeed if they are connected to an informed, connected campus community. Starfish can not only alert students when they’ve gone off-track, but can also show them the steps they need to take – and the resources you’ve already put in place – to maintain their momentum towards completion.

Case Management

Your faculty, advisors, counselors, coaches, and other practitioners are already doing so much to help so many. Starfish provides data and tools so they can work smarter, not harder. We can show them how to look for patterns of need, identify concerns, communicate with each other, reach out to the students, and close the loop when issues are resolved.

Academic Planning

Even strong students can take a wrong turn, especially if they’re unclear on their goal and the path they’ll need to get there. With Starfish, students can explore career options and build smart degree plans that are attainable, visible, adjustable… and customized to fit a student’s specific schedule.

Predictive Analytics

Starfish uses your own historic data to build predictive models that can point you towards student populations with higher risk, so you know how to focus your limited resources. It’s not a “black box” - we’ll show you what happens under the hood. The process takes weeks, not years, and we will help you every step of the way.

A Vibrant Community

Our community of active Starfish users includes higher education professionals from more than 450 colleges, universities, and state systems. They’re eager to share their experiences and collaborate on best practices, and we nurture those networks with ongoing training, Webinars, regional Student Success Summits, and an annual conference, Hobsons Summer Institute. uses cookies to improve your experience. By using our services, you’re agreeing to our Cookie Policy.

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