Is College The Best Choice for Everyone?

The number and percentage of high school students who go on to four-year college have been rising steadily for years. But as the costs of college increase and many college graduates see only middling job prospects, more and more families are asking the question: is college the best choice for everyone?

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Creating An Authentic Balance in Your College List

The key to making a good college list is to focus on finding colleges that are good fits, rather than chasing after the highest ranked one. Most rankings are arbitrary and don’t reflect an institution’s true educational quality. Focus on finding an authentic balance: of likelihood, cost, earnings, educational program, culture, and other factors.

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Acing the SAT and ACT: What You Need to Know

Standardized testing is stressful for many students and parents because it has such high stakes. At many U.S. and international universities, test scores are a major factor in admissions decisions. But taking a standardized test like the SAT or ACT doesn’t have to be stressful and scary.

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Keys to a Great College Admission Essay

This is the time of year when many students are struggling with college admission essays. At most selective universities, a great college admission essay can be the factor that leads a college admissions officer to select your application –  over those of others with similar test scores and GPAs – from the pile.

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How to Ask For a Letter of Recommendation for College Admissions

For most high-school students, college applications are the first time they’ll ask for a letter of recommendation. But it likely won’t be the last time, since many job applications require letters of recommendation as well. So the process you follow for college is a good learning experience, and teaches a skill that can be very valuable later in life. Here are some tips.

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Using Summer Wisely to Get Started on College Admissions

For high school students all over the country, summer vacation can be a moment to take a break after all the AP exams, standardized tests, and an intense school year. But it’s also a time to really focus on college admissions and college planning. Why? Because once fall semester starts, the calendar moves really fast!

Here’s a great list of things parents and students can do over the summer!

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Showcase Your Extracurricular Activities for College Admissions

Extracurricular activities are an important part of any college application. When you list these activities on your application, colleges use that to look at whether you’ve shown leadership or taken the initiative. They also use it to look at whether you’ve been involved in an area that is of relevance to your prospective major, or other relevant reasons. Here are some tips on how best to showcase your extracurricular activities for college applications.

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13 Insider Tips From College Admissions Counselors

College is a consequential decision, and the admissions process can be complex and stressful. To give families a head start, we at LifeLaunchr compiled this selection of insider tips from college admissions counselors in the country – people who have helped thousands of students find and get into great-fit schools.

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