[caption id="attachment_26579" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="The number of college applicants increased by 24 percent from 2001-2007. "]The number of college applicants increased by 24 percent from 2001-2007. [/caption]

With an average of one counselor for every 500 public high school students in the U.S., college applicants are often left without professional guidance--and so internet-based companies offering admissions advice are hoping to fill the advising void.

A wide range of web sites are aimed at helping high school seniors looking for an upper hand in the ultra-competitive college application process.

Go4College.com, for example, uses analytics that incorporate...

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