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Chegg Launches College Counseling

Chegg, Inc. recently announced the launch of a live, online college counseling platform InstaEDU that makes college counseling available to students anywhere, at any time that is convenient to them. Daniel L. Rosensweig ’83 is president and CEO of Chegg, which serves as a student hub, offering online textbook rentals, homework help, and scholarships, in addition to its new counseling service. Through Chegg’s new college counseling platform, students have access to experienced college guidance counselors online and at a fraction of the typical industry cost. Chegg is also offering free college counseling hours through through for first-generation, low-income students. Rosensweig was named the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year by TechAmerica, the leading technology association in the United States. Prior to joining Chegg, he was president and chief executive officer of Activision Blizzard’s Guitar Hero franchise. His professional life has been focused in media communications and Internet industries, including roles as chief operating officer of Yahoo!, president of CNET, and chief executive officer of ZDNET. In addition to his significant career, Rosensweig participates on the advisory board of the non-profit and is former co-chair of the ONE Campaign to fight global AIDS and extreme poverty. In 2008, he dedicated the Rosensweig Learning Commons at HWS. Located on the first floor of the Warren Hunting Smith Library, the Rosensweig Learning Commons has revolutionized the ways in which students and faculty members interact with one another and with information. He has addressed the campus during the President’s Forum Speaker series, and served on the Colleges’ Board of Trustees from 2011-13. During his time as a Hobart student, Rosensweig was a political science major, a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, and studied abroad in London. More information on Chegg’s expansion is featured in University Business article below. University BusinessChegg launches affordable online college guidance counseling serviceSeptember 17, 2014 Chegg, Inc. (CHGG), the Student Hub, today announced the launch of a live, online college counseling platform that democratizes the college counseling industry by making what has been for many students prohibitively expensive available to any student, anywhere, at a time that works for them. Chegg’s goal is to make college counseling accessible to all students, and by leveraging Chegg’s InstaEDU on-demand technology and a network of expert counselors including alumni of the College Advising Corps as well as professionals with experience as private college counselors and college admissions officers at top universities throughout the country, we can help students from all economic backgrounds find the right college. According to the American School Counselor Association, the ratio of high school students to school counselors in America’s public high schools is about 471 to 1 on average, and, according to the California Department of Education, the ratio of students per counselor averages 945 to 1 in California. According to the Independent Educational Consultants Association, many private college counselors offer only comprehensive packages, which cost an average of about $4,000 per child. As a result, many students have difficulty accessing the tools that can help them succeed in the college application process. With Chegg’s college counseling platform, students can now access an experienced college guidance counselor online and at a fraction of the typical industry cost, $24 per hour at launch. Chegg is also offering free college counseling hours for first-generation low-income students who have signed up through “The college admission process is competitive, confusing, and cumbersome. Public high school counselors often lack the time necessary to counsel students, creating an ongoing public demand for easy access to these important services,” said Bob Patterson, former Director of Admission at Stanford and current Vice President of College Outreach at Chegg. “Our new counseling service opens the opportunity to all high school students and families nationwide, regardless of location or income, helping to level the playing field.” Chegg’s college counseling platform connects prospective applicants with a network of counselors via video, audio and/or text. Once connected, students can speak with the counselors about the admissions process in general, discuss questions, receive guidance for school research and selection, and upload essays and applications for real-time, collaborative review. To further democratize the admissions process, Chegg is also partnering with the nonprofit Center for Student Opportunity (CSO), creators of, an online community that provides first-generation, low-income college students with inspiration, information, and support on the path to and through college. Through this partnership, Chegg is providing up to 2 hours of its counseling services at no cost to 10,000 registered students on Aspiring first-generation college students who are not already members but wish to join the community and benefit from Chegg’s counseling services can easily sign up for free at “We’re excited to partner with Chegg to make college counseling more accessible to aspiring first-generation college students,” said Matt Rubinoff, CSO’s founder and Executive Director. “Through the partnership, we want students who lack a family history of higher education to know that college is possible; by using Chegg’s counseling platform to its full potential, the admissions process becomes less intimidating and increases support for all students.” Available immediately, students wishing to use the services can reach counselors by appointment; over time, Chegg expects to have counselors available on-demand. For more information or to get started with a college guidance counselor now, visit: About CheggChegg puts students first. As the leading student-first connected learning platform, the company makes higher education more affordable, more accessible, and more successful for students. Chegg is a publicly-held company based in Santa Clara, California and trades on the NYSE under the symbol CHGG. For more information, visit About Center for Student Opportunity and ImFirst.orgCenter for Student Opportunity (CSO) is a national nonprofit based in Bethesda, Md. that empowers first-generation college students on the path to and through college. In addition to operating, an online community providing first-generation college students with inspiration, information, and support, CSO publishes the I’m First Guide to College and maintains partnerships with colleges and universities across the country to strengthen and build awareness of their campus efforts on behalf of first-generation college students.