Entrepreneur Magazine 2020 Top 500 Honor

Posted Feb 5th, 2020

Respected magazine ranking includes Class 101 in its highly competitive list

Class 101 Founder and CEO Tom Pabin began his college planning firm 22 years ago when he followed a calling to help students navigate the college planning process and help make college an affordable option for families. 22 years later, Class 101 has grown to 45 locations across the United States.

This year, Class 101 was named to the Entrepreneur Top 500 Franchise list. In its 41 years in existence, Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 has become the world’s first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Class 101 ranked 441 based on the analysis of more than 150 data points and demonstrated outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power. This is Class 101’s first appearance on this highly respected franchise ranking.

“The recognition from Entrepreneur is affirmation to our Corporate team and our franchisees across the country that our college planning business model is one that is successful,” says Pabin. “We believe that we fill a need in the lives of students by helping them navigate the college planning process and allow them to see what is possible for them. We are honored to serve these families in this capacity.”

Class 101 advisors recognize that the college planning process can be stressful for families, whether they are aiming for top-tier colleges or considering a mid-tier college close to home. Class 101’s proven methods help students navigate all parts of the process including college list development, test prep, essay writing, resume building, exploration of majors, and application submission. Students meet on an average of once a month with their advisor who, over time, becomes a trusted mentor in that young person’s life.

Class 101 students achieve impressive results when following the Class 101 plan, collectively earning more than $357,960,000 in merit scholarship money. Additionally, the dropout/transfer rate for Class 101 students is 3%, considerably lower than the national average.

“2020 will be an exciting year for Class 101. As more people discover the value of partnering with a college planner, we anticipate growth in many areas of the country,” says Pabin. “Class 101 franchise owners have the opportunity to empower students, serve families, and inspire greatness. They are truly assets to their communities.”