College applications, simplified by Cialfo

You do the counseling; we'll manage the college applications for you.

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Here’s what some of our clients say about us

Arianto Trisnadi

College Counselor, Beacon Academy, Jakarta

"Cialfo has provided us with a user-friendly tool that fits the needs of today's modern students. The platform is intuitive and provides a lot of options that can be adjusted to the needs of not only students, but also counselors and schools. Moreover, Cialfo offers step-by-step assistance that makes everything a lot easier."

Barry Phipps

Former Deputy Head of School, Oberoi International School, India

"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."

Colleen Usher

University Guidance Counselor, British Vietnamese International School, Hanoi

“I have been so impressed by your response to ANY request that I have made to you. You have supported my understanding and always happily take my feedback… and you also act on it! Thank you very much for providing an amazing platform for myself and my students.”

Güniz Gucukoglu

Ted Izmir College, Turkey

"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."

Jeff Neill

College Counselor, GRADED - The American School, Sao Paulo

"My favourite feature in Cialfo by far is the task list. The ability to give students a list of things to do based on where they're applying, what their particular major is, or indecision, allowing them to have a customized experience."

Jesse Reuter

Counselor, Loyola High School, Los Angeles

"In searching for a new college counseling platform, our team identified two must haves - excellent customer service, and the ability to send documents to all colleges. Cialfo has exceeded those expectations and has been a breath of fresh air."

Lauren Hoyt

Director of College Counseling, The Hill School, USA

"We chose Cialfo because it offered us ways of connecting with students in new and innovative ways and allowed parents to keep up with how their student is progressing. "

Melissa Almodal-Abraham

Counselor, Reedley International School, The Philippines

"Because of Cialfo, I can see that it will be so much easier for me to monitor my students' pre-application tasks. My usual laborious tasks of university planning, recommending universities and keeping application records seem to have become so easy. I can now devote more time talking to more students."

Nitika Thakur

Head of Careers & College Counseling, Dhirubhai Ambani International School

"The introduction of Cialfo brought with it features that are more student- and counselor-friendly. Also, it reached out to regions beyond the US and Canada, which made it more globally acceptable. Cialfo in one word? Comprehensive."

Ritu Tandon

College Counselor, Singapore International School, Mumbai

"Cialfo has been excellent for the counselors and the students. I had used Naviance earlier and Cialfo has not only replaced that but done much better than them...lots of avenues covered in the space of College Counseling. Good job Cialfo!"

Sudarshana Shukla

Guidance Counsellor, The Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai

“Direct Apply is an amazing tool, and it’s great that you have individual advisors walking students through the process. It just gives the students and us confidence in the product. Direct Apply makes things so efficient in terms of completing the application — student details are pre-populated from the information they’ve filled in on Cialfo.”

Sudarshana Shukla

College Counselor, The Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai

"One parent who’s new to our school asked me, how do you remember all 500 kids? It’s because of Cialfo’s Notes feature!"

Terry Kung

College Counselor, Brooklyn Friends School

"Cialfo is giving us an opportunity to reevaluate how we have been doing what we have been doing and how we can take it to the next level."

Find and research colleges all over the world

Supercharge your students' college search with Cialfo's rich database of colleges and courses that includes nearly 50,000 programs from over 1000 universities across the world!

Students and guardians can select universities and colleges based on 20+ criteria like courses and majors, regions, entrance requirements, financials, etc.

You can trust Cialfo to include updated and relevant information about each selected university, such as:

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Top majors

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Test score range

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Application history

Students also love the virtual college tours they can experience within Cialfo!

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Students, guardians, and counselors can search and shortlist colleges from our database of 1000+ universities using filters including QS ranking!

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Streamline college research with lists

Get your students started with college planning and keep things organized using the three types of college lists within Cialfo


Consider this the "dream" list of every college a student is interested in - a starting point for further research and planning.


This shorter list is for universities a student is seriously considering applying to, having done more research.


The final list of universities to which the student is actually applying.

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Wish to move universities between lists? Simple!

Just drag and drop universities from one list to another.

Manage college applications and documents efficiently

Cialfo was designed by counselors who know what it takes to stay on track through a busy school year. We built Cialfo to help you manage work faster and more efficiently — so that you can spend more time counseling.

Seamlessly send and track documents with cDocs

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For Common App applications, just link your Common App account with Cialfo and send out your students' supporting documents, easy as pie!

Upload and submit application documents like transcripts, high school profiles, recommendation letters, etc., directly to institutions accepting Parchment using our Parchment integration.

Find all Common App essay prompts in one place

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Get your students started on their college essays using essay prompts within Cialfo. We update them each year so you don’t have to look elsewhere.

Organize letters of recommendation your way

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With Cialfo, students can request recommendation letters, and counselors can upload multiple counselor and teacher recommendation letters in one go, all with a single click.

Save time with bulk upload and automatic document matching

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Spend more time with your students and less time on tasks. Drag and drop to bulk-upload hundreds of documents in Cialfo simultaneously. Moreover, our technology automatically matches the documents to students, so you don't have to.

Stay updated about documents and applications

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Assigned LoR's to teachers? Cialfo will remind them if they aren't in on time. What’s more, once college applications are submitted, Cialfo helps you keep track of the document statuses.

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Direct Apply

Direct Apply helps international students connect with universities worldwide, reducing the complicated application process to one single form within Cialfo!

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With Direct Apply, your students can search, shortlist, and apply to colleges with a single application form in Cialfo. Over 40,000 Direct Apply programs are available in universities across the United States, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Dubai - with more being added every day!

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Top universities available on Direct Apply

Berlin School of Business
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
BITS Pilani Dubai
University of Sydney
EU Business School
George Mason University
Monash University
Queen Mary University
Ryerson University
Simon Fraser University
University College Dublin
University of Alabama
University of Auckland
University of Queensland
University of Utah
University of Western Australia
Baylor University
Australian National University
Amity University
O.P. Jindal Global University
University of Bath


Scholarships for students are a part of Cialfo's effort to make education accessible. We have put together a total amount of USD 10 Million towards scholarships so far. All students submitting a college application through Direct Apply become automatically eligible for two kinds of scholarships:

Cialfo scholarships

These apply to Direct Apply programs across 14 countries. They are guaranteed when a student receives an offer from any listed university.

University scholarships

These are offered at the university's discretion and are applicable across 9 countries.

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