Collegeology Games is a suite of college knowledge games that help kids realize their college aspirations. Like a game, the college application process is a system with rules. Mastering a game takes practice, but, for most people, the college application process is a game we only get to play once. The Collegeology Games project strives to create playful ways to understand the systems essential to accessing higher education. Collegeology Games provide a safe environment to learn and experiment with higher education strategies and choices before it really counts.

Created in partnership with the USC Center for Higher Education Policy and Analysis, the project includes card, facebook and mobile games. Our mission at Collegeology Games is to develop, operate, and evaluate a suite of fun, inspiring, and educational games that will increase the number of low-income youth preparing for, applying to, and finding success in the nation's 4-year college programs. Our suite of games is a research-based and highly innovative effort to ensure postsecondary educational opportunities for low-income high-school students.

The first game in the suite is called Application Crunch, a 3-4 player card game that makes a game out of practicing the application process. Players take on the role of a high school student and college applicant who must juggle their time between academics, extracurricular activities, work, and service while competing for college applications and scholarships. To win, players must get into college, save enough money to pay for tuition and other expenses, and build up the kind of character who can succeed in their chosen school. This game is currently for sale at the www.collegeologygames.com.

The next game in the suite will be launched this spring on Facebook. Mission Admission is another game for high school students, but this one incorporates online play into the application process. Level up your characters, build out your school with pride points, and get your students into the kind of colleges that will help them realize their career goals.

We are also working on a game for middle school students, and will soon be starting a game to help students choose the right college and financial strategy in their quest for higher education. More information about the games and research team can be found at the main project site.

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