About Us

How It Started

Nick and Dan were matched through Duke's Student Founder's Program in February, 2020. They realized they had been working to solve the same problem, which was a long and tedious college search process fueled by poor networks and pamphlet propaganda. In March, Dan, Nick, and Simar met for the first time over Zoom, and decided to start StudentSide. The goal was to eliminate the bias in the college search process and to give students an authentic and transparent perspective on colleges before applying. StudentSide became a platform for high school students to chat with current college students through 30-min, one-on-one video chats. Within a few short months, they gained a following of over 1000 college students across 100+ schools in the country. To this day, Dan, Nick, and Simar have developed StudentSide through video chats themselves, having never set foot in the same room at the same time. 

Our Future Goals

We want to be a fundamental part of every student's college search process. At StudentSide, we believe every student should be able to make a well informed decision about their future. As we rapidly grow, our mission is to provide authentic and transparent perspectives to students around the country as they prepare for the next step in their lives. 

Nick Dahlborg

Dan Hepworth

Simar Kohli

I am a rising junior at Duke University majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Finance. I started The Massapequa Tutor, a peer tutoring business that has now grown to over thirty team members and around 300 clients across the nation. I'm excited to bring my enthusiasm and knowledge of the industry to StudentSide.

I am a rising junior at Cornell University majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Business Management. I previously developed a biotech NGO, Hale, as well as a technology consulting firm, Engaged Engineering, from the ground up. I'm excited to bring my experience and technical background to StudentSide.

I am a rising sophomore at Duke University planning on majoring in Economics and Computer Science with a Concentration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. I am originally from Stockholm, and am a frequent traveler. I'm excited to bring my diverse experiences in entrepreneurship, and passion to StudentSide.

Take the first step towards the next chapter of your life! We want to help you find the perfect fit.


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