College Selection

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 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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Don’t Let Myths About College Selection Turn College Into a $100,000 Mistake

Don’t Let Myths About College Selection Turn College Into a $100,000 Mistake

The statistics are frightening. Nearly 30% of 4-year college students drop out after the first year. Fewer than two-thirds graduate with a degree. Given that the average student graduates with $37,000 in student loans, these numbers are scary.

So if you're concerned as a parent, you should be. But that doesn't mean you can't do things to improve the odds your child faces. Here are some tips on college selection to help you make the best choice possible.

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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>

<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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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.

Five Tips on Choosing High School Courses Wisely for College Admissions

Five Tips on Choosing High School Courses Wisely for College Admissions

The high school courses you take, and the grades you get on them, are the most important part of your applications to colleges. Here are some tips to help you choose wisely.

Five Tips on Building a Realistic College Financial Plan

Five Tips on Building a Realistic College Financial Plan

If you've got a student in middle or high school, here are five tips to help you get started on your college financial plan today!

Building a Four-Year Roadmap for College

Building a Four-Year Roadmap for College

College planning really starts in freshman year, so building a four-year roadmap for college is very important. For students, freshman year in high school is when grades and courses start to matter, in the sense that someone at a university will see them and might use them to make a decision about their admissions. For parents, it's when you've got to start helping your child make good decisions about how to use their time. It's also when saving money for college becomes critically important.

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.

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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