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This article is an orphan, as few or no other articles link to it. Please introduce links to this page from related articles; suggestions may be available. (February 2009) Zinch URL http://www.zinch.com/ Type of site College Admissions website Registration Free Owner Zinch, Inc. Launched March 12th 2007 Zinch is a community-based college admissions portal. It combines a variety of Web 2.0 and Web syndication tools in an attempt to help colleges and students find one another. On the site, students create profiles which in many ways resemble hyper-linked college applications. Using these profiles, they then "shout out" to colleges that they are interested in, hoping to begin a dialogue. Colleges also have the ability to search through these profiles to reach out to students. In addition, the site gives away a variety of scholarships which are judged by the site motto: "You are more than a test score" Contents 1 History 2 You Are More Than A Test Score 3 Criticism 3.1 Admissions Use of Social Networking 4 Notes 5 External links // History Zinch started out as a research project at Princeton University in June 2006[1] by a group of students. The company was founded by Mick Hagen, Brad Hagen, and Sid Krommenhoek and launched to the public in March 2007. The company is now run by Anne Dwane, who previously founded and ran Military.com. You Are More Than A Test Score The site's motto, "you are more than a test score," refers to the commonly accepted practice of colleges purchasing large lists of names, often primarily selected based on test scores. Criticism Admissions Use of Social Networking Due to the overwhelming popularity of social networking sites like Myspace and Facebook, a debate has begun around the degree to which admissions officers should be allowed to view the private information of prospective students. While Zinch is not a social networking site, it does offer access to the personal side of a student's life, and has thus come up a number of times in the controversy [2] Notes ^ Princeton School of Engineering, http://engineering.princeton.edu/news/en ^ Yale Daily News http://www.yaledailynews.com/articles/view/21289 External links Zinch.com Campus Technology: Social Networking The New Face of Recruiting http://campustechnology.com/articles/2008/03/social-networking-the-new-face-of-recruiting.aspx The Herald Mail: Paying for College http://www.herald-mail.com/?cmd=displaystory&story_id=226826&format=html