College Selection

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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Five Things Teens and Parents Should Know about College Admissions: Part 4

Five Things Teens and Parents Should Know about College Admissions: Part 4

Parents I speak to often ask "What's the best university to study engineering?" or "Where is the best place for my daughter to study biomedicine?" There are many ways to answer this question. The answer I always give is: "It depends on your child." I tell them to focus on fit, not rank.

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Five Things Teens and Parents Should Know about College Admissions: Part 3

Five Things Teens and Parents Should Know about College Admissions: Part 3

For teens starting out in life after high school, or parents helping them, remember: your first gig after college doesn't have to be your final "true passion," but it does have to pay the bills so you can keep searching. So find a way to balance pragmatism and passion in your choice of college and major.

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Five Things Teens and Parents Should Know About College Admissions: Part 1

Five Things Teens and Parents Should Know About College Admissions: Part 1

Fewer than 50% of college-bound students graduate within six years, according to the U.S. Department of Educations’ College Scorecard. A mentor can help students develop a deeper sense of their personal needs and goals; develop a sense of possibility; and provide guidance with college admissions throughout the process.

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VIDEO: Your Roadmap to Stress-Free College Admissions

On April 2, Aspire Education Project and LifeLaunchr presented a free webinar: "Your Roadmap to Stress-Free College Admissions." Presented by test preparation expert, Sy Kim, Director of Programs at Aspire, and Venkates Swaminathan, CEO of LifeLaunchr, the webinar was a great overview of the college admissions process for parents and students, to help each student get into and can afford the college or program that is the best fit for them.

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It’s Not Too Late To Apply to College for Fall 2016!

It’s Not Too Late To Apply to College for Fall 2016!

Whatever your reasons, it's not too late to apply to college for fall 2016. There are still universities accepting applications for the fall. Here's a list of schools with deadlines in July.

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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.

Recent Posts

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.

Financial Aid Award Letters: What You Need to Know

Financial Aid Award Letters: What You Need to Know

Financial Aid Award letters from universities are misleading and difficult to understand. Here's what you need to know about them.

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