College Admissions

Nailing the University of California Personal Insight Questions

Nailing the University of California Personal Insight Questions

The Universities of California require you to answer four of eight personal insight questions. Here's what you need to know to answer these questions.

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Creating An Authentic Balance in Your College List

Creating An Authentic Balance in Your College List

To make a good college list, focus on finding good fits, rather than chasing after the highest-ranked colleges. Rankings are arbitrary.

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How You Can Thrive During Remote Learning

How You Can Thrive During Remote Learning

Last spring taught us some lessons about thriving with remote learning. Here are keys to success with online education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Using Summer Wisely to Get Started on College Admissions

Using Summer Wisely to Get Started on College Admissions

Summer vacation can be a moment to take a break after an intense school year. But it's also a time to really focus on college admissions and college planning.

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

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How a College Admissions Coach Can Help You Achieve Better Results

How a College Admissions Coach Can Help You Achieve Better Results

An experienced college admissions coach can be critical to help students and families navigate the process, set priorities, and achieve better outcomes.

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Showcase Your Extracurricular Activities

Showcase Your Extracurricular Activities

Explaining a student’s extracurricular activities is an integral part of the holistic admissions process at U.S. universities. Here's what you need to know.

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Five Tips to Ace a College Admissions Interview

Five Tips to Ace a College Admissions Interview

Some colleges require or offer the opportunity for students to have an interview as part of their college admissions process. Here's how to ace an interview.

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How to Ask For a Letter of Recommendation for College Admissions

How to Ask For a Letter of Recommendation for College Admissions

A good letter of recommendation, especially in the shadow of COVID-19. can be a real difference-maker in college applications. Here's what you need to know about asking for a letter of recommendation.

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Stay On Track for College Admissions Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

Stay On Track for College Admissions Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

Get up-to-date information and resources to stay on track for college admissions amidst the changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Building Your Brand for College Admissions

Building Your Brand for College Admissions

Brand-building for college is about understanding your strengths and weaknesses and finding a way to express that authentic self in your application.

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<a href="https://www.lifelaunchr.com/author/swamusyahoo-com/" target="_self">Venkates Swaminathan</a>

Venkates Swaminathan

Venkates Swaminathan (Swami) is the founder and CEO of LifeLaunchr, the world's first virtual college admissions coaching platform, and a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Swami has been an executive in the education and technology industries for over 25 years. He has an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He is the father of a child in college, and in his spare time, he is a jazz and Indian classical singer and pianist.

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Nailing the University of California Personal Insight Questions

Nailing the University of California Personal Insight Questions

The Universities of California require you to answer four of eight personal insight questions. Here's what you need to know to answer these questions.

Filling out the CSS/Profile: Your Guide

Filling out the CSS/Profile: Your Guide

The CSS/Profile, like the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA), it is used to determine how much money a college will offer you.

Filling Out the FAFSA: Your Guide

Filling Out the FAFSA: Your Guide

The Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the basis on which colleges decide financial aid, so it is important students and parents fill them out.

Creating An Authentic Balance in Your College List

Creating An Authentic Balance in Your College List

To make a good college list, focus on finding good fits, rather than chasing after the highest-ranked colleges. Rankings are arbitrary.

How You Can Thrive During Remote Learning

How You Can Thrive During Remote Learning

Last spring taught us some lessons about thriving with remote learning. Here are keys to success with online education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Writing About COVID-19 in Your College Admission Essay

Writing About COVID-19 in Your College Admission Essay

For students applying to college using the CommonApp, there are several different places where students and counselors can address the pandemic’s impact, and those different sections have differing goals.

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