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College Application Help Anytime You Need it

About the Product

Inline® provides real-time, expert help for college applications that use the Common Application® platform. It works with the Common App® general questions, as well as with 650+ individual college supplements and essays.

Inline helps you complete the Common App®, and assists with the questions and essays for the 650+ colleges that use the Common App®, including expert recommendations such as what extracurriculars and test scores to report.

Expert

Strategic advice from former admissions officers for every part of the Common Application®, including application essays and 600+ school supplements. Downloadable worksheets, checklists, timelines, and more

Specialized

Tailored advice for “Why School X” and other school-specific essays. Special add-ons for international students, homeschool students, and U.S. military veterans

Essay Intel

Access our library of sample college application essays, all annotated to show you exactly how an admissions officer evaluates an essay… what’s effective (style, content, tone) and why

Test Score Reporting

Get the inside scoop on test score reporting, including whether to submit multiple scores, which scores are most important, and which scores NOT to submit

Convenient

One download and you’re done. Tips magically show up in your browser as you’re logged into your Common App® account. It’s all available while you’re actually filling out your application – just when you need it most. Start as early as Junior year

Affordable

Start with a free download of the Standard version, and upgrade within the product only when and if you need to. Prices range from $0-$149… as affordable as a new pair of kicks
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Features

Strategic Application Advice When You Need it Most

Once you install inline®, it opens automatically whenever you launch your Common App® account in your browser.

Strategic advice appears in context right on your screen while you're filling out your application, just when you need it most.

Insider Information at Every Step

Created by actual college admissions officers, inline will show you how to give your applications the edge — how to highlight your extracurriculars, report test scores, brainstorm and customize essays, navigate required disclosures, and understand how seemingly basic questions can affect the admissions outcome.

Inline® distills years of experience reviewing actual college applications into practical help that will make you shine.

Know When to go the Extra Mile ... And When to Hold Back

“Should I submit an optional essay?” “Should I submit my scores to this test-optional school?”

Sometimes it's a good idea to submit non-required components, and other times it's not. Inline shows you when to submit those extras, and when to hold back. ​Inline also helps keep you from making mistakes that might have a negative impact on the admissions outcome.

Make the Forms Work for You

Squeezing your whole life into an application form is daunting. Inline shows you how you to cherrypick the most impressive parts of your background and showcase them best in a very limited amount of space and pre-determined format.

Life Isn't Always a Straight Line

If you have to disclose a disciplinary or criminal history, or your education was interrupted for some reason, inline has plenty of advice for you.

Those histories don't have to be deal-breakers, but you do have to disclose when required, and you have explain the situation in a way that is both truthful and least damaging. Inline shows you how.

Treat the Application as a Whole

Inline® offers worksheets, tips, and samples to help you submit your very best application essays. Inline won't try to jam you into a box or a type.

For example, inline will never tell you that, as a student-athlete, you must write your essay about that winning goal. In fact, if you've properly showcased your athletic successes elsewhere in your application (Activities section, recommendations, resume, etc.), you're probably better off picking a different topic for your essay.

Inline shows you how to make the essays fit into the larger whole of each application and reflect YOU as a larger whole.

Special Add-Ons for Homeschooled, Veteran, and International Applicants

How do you produce the most useful recommendations from your parents if you're homeschooled? How do you select the right start date if you're still on active military duty? When is it a good idea to report test scores for English proficiency if you're an international student? Inline has you covered with special advice just for you.
Inline® INTEL gives you an insider look
at how college admissions officers evaluate application essays.

Inline® is brought to you by the authors of the college application bible How to Prepare a Standout College Application

Anna Ivey is the former Dean of Admissions at the University of Chicago Law School and a longtime college admissions consultant who has been featured by CNN, Fox News, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, the Harvard Crimson, Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg/BusinessWeek, and SmartMoney. She holds a BA from Columbia University and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.
Alison Chisolm has worked in admissions at three of the most selective universities in the U.S.: Southern Methodist University, the University of Chicago, and Dartmouth. In 2009, she joined forces with Anna’s college admissions consulting practice and is a sought after speaker for parents’ groups and professional organizations. She has also served in a leadership role at the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago. She holds a BA from Yale University and a JD from the University of Virginia.
"Here’s the secret to college admissions success: Your credentials are only half the battle. Preparing your application in the most strategic way gets you to the win. The application forms are designed for the benefit of the colleges, so inline® shows you how to make the forms work for you. That’s your secret weapon.”
Anna Ivey

Who Uses Inline®?

Students

Using inline® is like having an expert admissions coach sitting right next to you, giving you strategic advice and insights as you work your way through every section of your applications and essays. Can we make it fun? Probably not. Can we make it less stressful? YES.

Still stuck with an application question? Email us, and we’ll get on it! We’re constantly updating and expanding the inline® library of hints.

Parents

You’re the world’s best expert on your child, not necessarily an expert on the college application process. (How much has changed since you applied to college? A lot!) You don’t have to tear your hair out trying to be the 24/7 in-house application expert.

Inline® lets your child DIY the college application with the benefit of the best application advice … and frees you up to be a productive conversation partner for your child and chime in when appropriate.

Counselors & Teachers

Naviance® is great, but doesn’t offer help with the college application itself or the essay writing process. Inline® fills that gap in your toolkit.

No piece of software will ever replace the 1:1 help of a college counselor or writing instructor, so let inline® leverage your limited time by providing a structured process for your students to bring you their best application and essay drafts for your feedback and guidance.

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College Application Help at an Affordable Price

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inli.ne™ comes as an
easy-to-use
Google Chrome® extension.
Real-time, in-browser
help every time you sign into the Common App®.
Access to inli.ne INTEL extended features, including advice on score reporting, essays, and insight into how admissions officers evaluate applications.

College Application Help for Everyone

Available Right When You Need it

inli.ne gives you the most strategic advice right on the screen as you complete your college applications in your own Common Application® account.

inline works seamlessly with all your college application resources, including

  • College counselors
  • College consultants
  • Tutors
  • Essay workshops

by providing additional insight into your application, as well as on-demand help right when you need it.

From our Blog

November 14, 2016
Avoid the 7 Deadly Sins of College Application Essays
Almost ready to submit your college applications? Check your essay against this list before you do.
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November 7, 2016
How to Get Your College Applications Done by Winter Break. Magic!
Get your applications in early with a minimum of drama.
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August 18, 2016
Shout-Out from the L.A. Times
A high school senior tries out inli.ne, gives it two thumbs up
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University of Michigan, and more than 600 others.
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Inline® Features

Demystify All Those Common App® Questions

Did you know that you’re better off leaving some of the questions blank? Inline® shows you where it helps to submit information, and where you’re better off skipping a question.

It also helps protect you from mistakes that could have an impact on the admissions decision.
Did you know that you’re better off leaving some of the questions blank? Inline® shows you where it helps to submit information, and where you’re better off skipping a question.

It also helps protect you from mistakes that could have an impact on the admissions decision.

Strategic Advice, Anytime You Need It

Once you install Inline®, it opens automatically whenever you launch your Common App® account in your browser.

It’s all available when you’re filling out your application, just when you need it most.

Insider Advice at Every Step

Created by former admissions officers, inline® gives you information you need to put your best foot forward, whether it’s highlighting your extracurricular activities, reporting test scores, or answering basic questions that can trip people up.

Inline® distills years of experience into advice that will help you shine.

Inline® goes the extra mile to help you stand out

With Inline® INTEL, you get in-depth advice about how to make your application stand out, including questions and essays in the school-specific supplements.
 
Inline® INTEL advice shows up throughout for the Common App® portions, the school supplements, and the essays.

Life isn’t always a straight line

Inline® provides real-world advice for situations like disciplinary histories, criminal disclosures, and educational interruptions.

Or maybe you’re not sure what to do with the questions about gender or religion.

No applicant is cookie-cutter, so Inline® has specialized advice for all kinds of circumstances.

Annotated sample essays from successful applicants

Inline® includes sample essays from successful applicants and breaks them down so that you can understand what makes them stand out to admissions officers.

You’ll also get an insider’s view of how admissions officers evaluate essays so that you can make the right choices when you’re writing your own.

Maximizing your test score reports

So many tests, so many options! Inline® shows you how to submit your standardized test scores (if at all) for maximum effect, and also helps you figure out the logistics for submitting the reports to the different colleges on your list.