We are Cialfo
We support high school students and their counselors throughout the early career exploration and college search and selection process. Read our story!
Who are we?
Headquartered in Singapore, with over 190 employees located worldwide, Cialfo is a fast-growing, global edtech company and student-first career exploration and college application network.
Originally inspired by the Olympic motto Citius, Altius, Fortius, our name Cialfo reflects what we believe education is really about: becoming a better (faster, higher, stronger) version of yourself.
We support high school students and their counselors throughout the early career exploration and college search and selection process. With our cutting-edge technology, we help students and everyone who supports them – their counselors, parents, and university recruiters - think differently about their options in an increasingly cluttered and confusing space, so they can take the best next steps towards realizing their ideal future.
Today, we hold a trusted partner status among over 1000 higher education institutions in 50+ countries, as well as counselors and leaders at more than 1600 schools globally.
Our measure of success is to make education accessible to 100 million students globally by 2030.
What we do
Cialfo helps high school students to:
Get faster access to reliable, unbiased information and resources related to colleges, courses, and scholarships
Aim higher and discover their best-fit courses and majors without the limitations of geography
Build a stronger plan for their future with the help of Cialfo’s AI-driven recommendations and guidance from expert Student Education Advisors
With Cialfo, school leaders and counselors can:
Develop faster and more streamlined workflows for counseling, reporting and data-backed decision-making
Achieve higher levels of student and parent engagement
Create a stronger framework of college application and scholarship guidance for their students
Cialfo helps higher education institutions to:
Enjoy faster ways to understand and adapt to emerging trends impacting the entire education sector
Make higher quality decisions about their international recruitment strategies, based on real-time data and insights
Build stronger relationships with our global network of 250,000 students, their counselors and parents by creating high-touch engagement experiences
How it started
Though Cialfo was founded in its present form in 2017, our story goes back further, to when our CEO and Co-founder Rohan Pasari was a student himself. The confusion and dissonance he experienced while trying to find his ideal college choice would later become his inspiration for starting Cialfo along with Stanley Chia and William Hund.See our timeline here
We have spent four years connecting with counselors and educators worldwide to deepen our understanding of their most pressing needs while building a comprehensive career exploration and college application offering to help address them.
By 2021, over 250,000 students and their families were using Cialfo not only to connect with counselors, but also with over 1,000 universities in 50 countries, making it a truly global community and a powerful network, too.
The future awaits
As we grow, we aim to create an exceptional, “360” experience for the entire higher education ecosystem that puts students front and center. Join us!
Here’s what some of our clients say about us
"Cialfo certainly has an impressive network of schools across various countries and is increasingly perceived as a very student-friendly virtual platform by schools, to identify and shortlist the universities and various undergraduate programmes of the students’ interest. So in these challenging times, when we are unable to meet or connect with the schools physically, this seems to be the perfect virtual solution to connect with schools and students across the globe."
"My favorite part about Cialfo is customer support. In my opinion, they get top marks. In one word, I'll describe Cialfo as dynamic. They are growing. They are meeting people's needs. They're listening to the customers. And they're changing and morphing to become better and better."
"Working with Cialfo feels like being home after a long time. Excellent support and service, easy-to-use features, gathered with a friendly team who always welcome feedback not only makes things easier but it makes it fun. I feel lucky and privileged to go through our usual stressful application session with my first graduating class with Cialfo."
"We are excited to partner with Cialfo in increasing higher education access to students across the globe. Since 1890 Washington State has been committed to advancing, extending and applying knowledge through global engagement. Our partnership with Cialfo allows us to deliver on that mission to the 1600+ schools where students use Cialfo to apply to colleges and universities. Our partnership with Cialfo allows us to share the Coug spirit with 100+ countries and inspire future Cougs."
“Thank you for organizing a wonderful event, it was a great opportunity to get to know school counselors from around the world. Such opportunities are very rare, and we truly appreciate having the chance to join. We are looking forward to join future events as well.”
“The time went so fast, I could probably have used another 1/2 hour. I had great conversations and met new counselors. The platform was easy to use and I hope you'll do it again. Thanks so much for organizing it!”
“I think Cialfo should organise more sessions like this. It was a great experience!”
"We have been so impressed with the relationship we have developed with Cialfo over the past year and a half. The user friendly platform has students at the heart of what they do, yet the data driven approach is incredibly beneficial to universities."
“It's sometimes very hard to figure out the success rate [of recruitment initiatives]. But for Cialfo with this tool [Higher Ed Insights], it’s much easier for the institution to figure out the success rate.”
Cialfo in the media
Cialfolks around the world are guided by some common values that drive all our behaviours and decisions. These are:
The student is the center of our world. All our actions, plans, and decisions are designed with a student-first attitude.
We want to change the world, and this cannot happen without the support of the larger community.
Impact at scale
Changing the world necessitates doing difficult things, and making the choices that would have a larger impact. We think scale in everything we do.
We are a global team, living and working out of different corners of the world. Our diversity is what makes us special. At last count, we had 18 different nationalities represented in Cialfo!
Apart from our head office in Singapore, we also have offices in India, China, and the United States. Of course, a number of us also work remotely - you’ll find Cialfolks in 14 different locations across the world.