College Selection

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 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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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 Create a College List

How to Create a College List

Building a college list is one of the most critical parts of the college application process, ensuring that college doesn't turn into a $200,000 mistake.

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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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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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<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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