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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.

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Acing the SAT and ACT: What You Need to Know

Acing the SAT and ACT: What You Need to Know

Standardized testing is stressful for many students and parents because it has such high stakes. At many U.S. and international universities, test scores are a major factor in admissions decisions. But taking a standardized test like the SAT or ACT doesn't have to be stressful and scary.

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What Families Need to Know About College Financial Aid

What Families Need to Know About College Financial Aid

College costs continue to soar, and student loan debt in the U.S. now exceeds $1.5 trillion dollars. The average student graduating from college in 2016 had nearly $30,000 in debt. It's critical for parents and students to understand how college financial aid really works.

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Using Summer Wisely to Get Started on College Admissions

Using Summer Wisely to Get Started on College Admissions

For high school students all over the country, summer vacation can be a moment to take a break after all the AP exams, standardized tests, and an intense school year. But it's also a time to really focus on college admissions and college planning. Why? Because once fall semester starts, the calendar moves really fast!

Here's a great list of things parents and students can do over the summer!

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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 Every Family Should Know About Paying For College

Five Things Every Family Should Know About Paying For College

Saving for college is one of the most-avoided topics in college planning. That's understandable, since the costs can feel overwhelming, and for many of us the response to feeling overwhelmed is paralysis. But with a little planning, the challenge of paying for college is manageable. Here are five important tips for being in a position to afford college and minimize debt.

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Start the Year Right! Fall Tips for College Planning

Start the Year Right! Fall Tips for College Planning

Welcome to a new year of high school! As you get started on the new year, here are some tips to help you start it right. Whichever year of high school you're in, make sure you're paying attention to the things that will help you with college planning. Here, by year, is a list of fall tips for college planning.

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Five Things Teens and Parents Should Know about College Admissions: Part 5

Five Things Teens and Parents Should Know about College Admissions: Part 5

At many high schools, counselors don't start engaging with students about planning for college until spring of junior year.
But if you're a parent or student, waiting till spring of junior year makes college planning harder for many reasons. In fact the best advice for parents is to start early: as early as possible, in freshman year if you can. College planning really starts the first day of high school, since its when all the work your teen will do starts making a difference.

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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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<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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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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