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SmarterSelect

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SmarterSelect FAQs

Q. What type of pricing plans does SmarterSelect offer?

SmarterSelect has the following pricing plans:
Pricing model: Subscription
Free Trial: Available

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Q. Who are the typical users of SmarterSelect?

SmarterSelect has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business


Q. What languages does SmarterSelect support?

SmarterSelect supports the following languages:
English


Q. Does SmarterSelect offer an API?

No, SmarterSelect does not have an API available.


Q. What other apps does SmarterSelect integrate with?

SmarterSelect integrates with the following applications:
Zapier


Q. What level of support does SmarterSelect offer?

SmarterSelect offers the following support options:
FAQs/Forum, Email/Help Desk, Chat, Knowledge Base

SmarterSelect product overview

What is SmarterSelect?

SmarterSelect is a web based application management platform that allows schools, awards organizations, and scholarship & grant providers to create, collect, analyze and evaluate customized application forms. The solution eliminates paper applications, helping companies to save time and focus entirely on selecting the right candidates.

Key benefits of using SmarterSelect

• SmarterSelect enables organizations to create their own custom application forms, to which respondents can attach documents or files.

• SmarterSelect can automatically calculate totals, scores and formulas for initial applicant screening and ranking.

• Users can design customized reports to analyze applicant data.

• Users can share data with others in PDF format or export it to an internal database for further use.

• The software provides real-time updates on the status of all applications, notifying users of any application modification or progression.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

FAQs/Forum
Email/Help Desk
Chat
Knowledge Base

Training options

Documentation
Webinars
Live Online
Videos
In Person

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SmarterSelect features

Functionality

4.2

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Total features

46

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Most valued features by users

Third Party Integrations
Alerts/Notifications
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Data Import/Export
Activity Tracking
Search/Filter
Compliance Management
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SmarterSelect users reviews

Overall Rating

4.4

/5

233

Positive reviews

Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8.56/10
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Pros
Our evaluators are also happy with product's ability to be so user friendly. Their customer service is phenomenal, fast, friendly and useful.
We really like to use smarter select, its very easy to maneuver for all stakeholders involved in our process. There is always room for growth but overall we are able to accomplish what we need.
What I like most about Smarter Select is its ease of use. As someone with minimal experience using this type of programming, I found it pretty user friendly.
Cons
My only slight criticism would be that the evaluator questions can only be placed mid-application, not in their own separate form.
Whenever I have an issue with the platform, or unsure about the limitations of a feature I find it difficult to contact customer service or a specialist.
I dislike having to receive an email in order to get a report. It's just one more step especially when we are running over 80 reports.

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Darla S.

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Higher Education, 1-10 employees

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SmarterSelect meets our needs for online scholarship applications!

Reviewed 3 years ago

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Nonprofit Organization Management, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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My daily go to

Reviewed a year ago

We use SmarterSelect for our grants and scholarships. It is easy to pull analytics, create applications, approve and share with evaluators.

Pros

How easy it is to pull up reports and customize data

Cons

Unable to search a single person across multiple grant applications.

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Maggie R.

Nonprofit Organization Management, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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A great system for Grant applications

Reviewed a year ago

Fantastic experience and we are so pleased to be using it. Great asset to our application system and it is all we use now for all our programs. Only downside is the support system - which if you are not a tech person can be difficult to understand as you have to explain what your problem is in messages. Just wish you could get phone support and speak to a person . It is great though when they offer to get into your machine and then walk you through it.

Pros

Smarter Select is so easy to use. It can be adapted so that you can ask the questions that you require for your grant or funding. The customizable feature is great plus the added bonus of being able to put tips besides questions for applicants to see as they fill in, so that they get the right information in. Being able to create a Frequently Asked Question area, was simply and easy to do and a big...

Cons

Sometimes upload is difficult for applicants to use, they have problems as the platforms that they use are not compatible to the systems that can be used. The fact that the body of an email (personal message box) will not let you put in an email address different to what is outside of the letter, and if you put one in and press send it then makes the email disappear and then you have to re write it. The support system is a bit hit and miss depending on how much technical knowledge you have and who you get replying to your enquiry. Chat - itself find that it never really solves the problem and have to request to speak to someone.

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Amy D.

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Overall, okay. Have been many issues; most satisfactorily resolved.

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

Matching feature for scholarship program; online evaluation function; linkage between applications that eliminates need to fill-in fields multiple times.

Cons

Frequency of "bugs" combined with inability to contact customer support by phone. The inability to contact customer support is not specifically a software issue, but it complicates the process as a user/administrator, particularly when the issue is time-sensitive.

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Debbie S.

Nonprofit Organization Management, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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SmarterSelect for Grants and Scholarships

Reviewed 7 years ago

We have been a SmarterSelect "Bells & Whistles" subscriber since 2012. A a county-wide community foundation we utilize the program for our annual community grant cycle, multiple teacher grant programs, and over 40 scholarship programs. Each of these programs including a application, grant acceptance, and final report component. We evaluated multiple software programs before selecting SmarterSelect and continue to review programs recommended by our field. We have not found another program that offers the flexibility, features, and functionality of SmarterSelect. The SmarterSelect development team is receptive to ideas for new/enhanced features and is very responsive to issues.

Pros

The program continues to evolve in response to user input. Technical support and online tutorials make program creation and editing simple. The ability to copy & edit programs makes preparation for annual grant & scholarship cycles quick and easy. The creation of 40+ scholarship programs, some requiring unique applications and some utilizing a common application was initially a daunting task, but once the initial time investment was made, each year requires less and less time. The program itself is not difficult to use. The more complex and diverse your needs, the more complex the process becomes; however, an information technology or programming specialist is not required.

Cons

Latency. The time it takes to move between applications can cause frustration for system administrators and evaluators.

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Chris S.

Nonprofit Organization Management, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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SmarterSelect has taken our Foundation to a new level

Reviewed a year ago

SPSEF manages over 30 unique scholarship funds, and another six individual grant funds. WE are a small shop with only 1.5 FTE. SmarterSelect allows us to manage and process over 800 applications annually. When we made the decision to migrate over to Smarter Select, we found that we spend muck less time in the management process, which allowed us to spend more time fundraising and working with recipients and donors.

Pros

The software allows me to easily create a new scholarship application that is unique and reflective of the donors desires. The fact that I can continue to access data from previous years allows me to remain in contact with our recipients.

Cons

The integration inner business was not difficult. Right out of the box, there is a steep learning curve. However, the customer support is very responsive and helpful. I have suggested a few enhancements over the years and have found that SmarterSelect was eager to listen to my concerns and If they could not provide a workaround they will often fix the issue in a subsequent update.

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