September 17, 2008 12:00 ET Gives an Insider's View of the Real College Experience

New CampusTake Utilizes User Generated Content to Showcase Campus Life

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - September 17, 2008) -, the best resource for high school students and their parents to ask questions and get real answers about college, has taken a leap forward in delivering the real college experience to high school students from those who know -- current college students. The new CampusTake section of AskAboutCollege features user generated content to give an insider's view of the real college experience. CampusTake uses photos, videos, links and blog entries posted by college students to showcase the essence of their campus.

"This new addition to AskAboutCollege delves even deeper into the college experience," said Blake Spiers, co-founder, AskAboutCollege. "Now, students can not only ask questions about a specific university, they also can see for themselves what campus life is like through the eyes of a current student."

There is no better way to get a sense of campus culture than to see it first hand. For those that cannot visit all of their prospective schools in person, CampusTake is the perfect solution. College students can get on the site to rant, rave and/or talk about what's happening at their campuses. Nothing is off limits; students are encouraged to post photos and videos of campus traditions, such as the senior fountain run at USC or the student pep squad at Loyola Marymount University.

There are currently more than 1,400 college and university profiles and more than 25,000 answered questions available on AskAboutCollege. CampusTake posts are linked directly to their respective AskAboutCollege university profiles enabling users to not only find answers to their college questions but also see what's happening at their prospective schools.

How it Works

AskAboutCollege users simply log in to their profile, go to the CampusTake section of the site and start uploading. It's simple and works just like common sites such as YouTube and Facebook. Users also are encouraged to post comments to the posts on CampusTake. It's a highly interactive area for high school students and college students to share their experiences and learn more about their favorite campuses. All posts are moderated for explicit content and approved by the AskAboutCollege staff for the high school user.

"CampusTake is really fun because I can tell thousands of high school students about what is going on at my campus and let them know why my school is such a great place," said Brooke Reeves, Loyola Marymount University, Class of 2009.

AskAboutCollege's campus experts answer daily questions ranging from food and drinks to financial aid and academics to transportation and Greek life. To learn more, visit

About AskAboutCollege

AskAboutCollege is a free online resource where college-bound high school students can ask questions and get real answers about the universities they want to know more about from current college students. The peer-driven community, created by two college friends, boasts more than 25,000 answers and detailed information about more than 1,400 colleges and universities. Students can know before they go and be better prepared for the first day of school by learning about campus life, academics, transportation, Greek life and more from current college students in the AskAboutCollege community. To learn more about the definitive college resource for high school students, visit

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