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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. Find Your Best-Fit College and Get...

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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. Find Your Best-Fit College and Get In Schedule...

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Five Reasons to Work With a College Admissions Coach

Five Reasons to Work With a College Admissions Coach

A great college admissions coach can help reduce the stresses of applying to college and make the process much easier to navigate. Find Your Best-Fit College and Get In Schedule...

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Just How Important is a College Admissions Essay?

Just How Important is a College Admissions Essay?

For virtually every selective school, there are more students who meet the academic criteria than they can admit. A great college essay can help set you apart from all the...

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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. Find Your Best-Fit College and Get In Schedule...

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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...

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The Ultimate Guide to a Great College Admissions Essay

The Ultimate Guide to a Great College Admissions Essay

For virtually every selective school, there are more students who meet the academic criteria than they can admit. A great admissions essay can help set you apart from all the...

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Keys to a Great College Admission Essay

Keys to a Great College Admission Essay

This time of year, many students are working on college admission essays. A great essay can help you be selected over others with similar scores and grades. Find Your Best-Fit...

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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...

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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. Find...

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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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