College Selection

Six Tips to Help You Cut the Cost of College by Tens of Thousands

Six Tips to Help You Cut the Cost of College by Tens of Thousands

While the benefits of a college education outweigh the costs by a lot, the cost is daunting. Here are six tips on how you can cut the cost of college by tens of thousands of dollars.

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The Importance of the Career Center in Choosing Colleges

The Importance of the Career Center in Choosing Colleges

Career centers on campus are an under-utilized resource. They can make the difference between an education that pays off vs. one that doesn't.

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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 University of California personal insight questions. Here's what you need to know.

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Six Questions You Should Ask on a Campus Tour

Six Questions You Should Ask on a Campus Tour

Most campus tours will focus on amenities and prestige factors But as a parent helping your child, here are questions you should be asking at a campus tour.

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Why Finding a Great Fit College Matters

Why Finding a Great Fit College Matters

College admissions isn't just about getting in, it's about finishing and thriving in life. That's why it matters that you find a great fit college.

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The Eight Factors College Admissions Officials Look for in Your Application

The Eight Factors College Admissions Officials Look for in Your Application

Parents and students in the college application process want to know: what decision factors influence which candidates a college admits and whom it denies?

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Take a College Virtual Tour and Save Money and Time

Take a College Virtual Tour and Save Money and Time

Visiting colleges can be expensive. Between airfare or gas, hotel rooms, rental cars, parking and food, you could end up spending thousands of dollars. So before you fly, travel in the virtual world. College virtual tours can be a great way to screen colleges and find your fit.

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Concerned About the Coalition Application? Five Things You Need to Know as a Parent or Student

Concerned About the Coalition Application? Five Things You Need to Know as a Parent or Student

The Coalition Application is one of the biggest changes in the college application process this year. Here's what it means for you.

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Creating An Authentic Balance in Your College List

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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13 Insider Tips From College Admissions Counselors

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

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

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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FREE WEBINAR: Stay On Track for College Admissions Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

FREE WEBINAR: 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.

How Many College Admissions Essays Will I Have to Write?

How Many College Admissions Essays Will I Have to Write?

As the number of colleges students apply to continues to grow, the number of college admissions essays students have to write goes up as well. If you're a sophomore or junior (or the parent of one) starting to think about college applications, you might be wondering: "How many college admissions essays will I have to write?"

Secrets of Writing a Winning College Essay: The LifeLaunchr Webinar

Secrets of Writing a Winning College Essay: The LifeLaunchr Webinar

A great admissions essay can help you stand out. This webinar by LifeLaunchr coach Jane Hirschhorn tells you how to write a great college essay.

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.

Nine Tips to Make College Admissions Less Stressful

Nine Tips to Make College Admissions Less Stressful

College admissions doesn't have to be extremely stressful. High school is when students learn about the adult they'll be, and find a good-fit college.

Gap Years: Here’s What You Need to Know

Gap Years: Here’s What You Need to Know

February is Gap Year Exploration Month. Gap years have become increasingly common. Here's what you need to know before getting started.

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