“The idea that ‘this is a great SAT score for someone from your neighborhood, for someone of your background’ — it’s not fair to the students.'"
Discover Student Loans
4 Advantages to Choosing a Community College Over a University
There are plenty of community college benefits, and attending one can be an advantage for students before they move on to a four-year university.
The Different Types of Checklist Teams Should Use
Swami explains the various kinds of checklists the Lifelaunchr team uses each and every day. "Checklists are crucial for college admissions, and we use a lot of them ... Using checklists avoids errors due to oversight and also makes sure we maximize a student’s outcomes."
Aspire Education Project
What’s Your Story for College Admissions?
"There are many factors college admissions officials consider in deciding whom to offer a seat to, and some of them are subjective. This is where the power of a great story comes into play."
30 Entrepreneurs Share Their Goals for 2020
My goals in 2020 are to maintain personal balance and positive attitude even as the business grows over 200% in the year. We have had a great 2019 and aim to improve significantly, but that is a challenge in terms of the amount of work involved. So I will rededicate myself to my practices: yoga, travel, and music: so that I can be at my best every day.
Pursuing Career Certifications While in College
Career certificates — which offer proof that a candidate has specific skills in a technical field — can be immensely helpful in a student's job search.
College Admission Essay Tips from Recruitment Specialists
Whether writing comes easily and naturally or if it is a dreaded, anxiety-inducing task, one thing is for sure — the college admission essay is one of the most important essays you’ll ever have to write.
The Entrepreneur Way
Knowing Why You Started the Business with Venkates Swaminathan Founder and Owner of Lifelaunchr
"The first difficulty is that my background is not in education so I have had to learn the education space intensively by just diving in the deep end and learning everything I can about understanding how the college admissions process works and understanding what it is children and parents want out of the system and understanding how colleges think about it. And I tell people sometimes that my background as an engineer has served me very well because it has brought an analytical depth to the work we do and a deep knowledge of how statistics work."
U.S. News and World Report
The Real Cost of For-Profit Colleges
FOR-PROFIT, FOUR-YEAR colleges advertise sticker prices that are, on average, somewhere between those of public and private nonprofit colleges. But experts encourage students considering for-profit colleges to look critically at other factors that contribute to cost, too, like the amount of institutional aid available, how long it takes to earn a degree and the value of that degree.
Price Over Prestige: Why Some Students are Nixing Esteemed Universities for Community Colleges
Venkates Swaminathan, founder and CEO of LifeLaunchr, a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, perfectly sums up the reasoning behind the increasing preference for students to attend community, state, and online colleges over prestigious universities.
Just How Important is a College Admissions Essay?
It’s a question any person involved in college applications gets asked a lot. Whether you’re applying to a selective private university or a state school, how much difference does a great college admission essay make? And what really makes for a great essay?
How to Get Scholarships for College: 6 Secrets to Success
“There is a common misconception that scholarships are awarded only based on academic or athletic merit,” says Venkates Swaminathan, founder and CEO of college admissions coaching site Lifelaunchr. “All it takes is a simple web search to find hundreds of unique and interesting scholarships, available to all types of students and just waiting for applicants.”
Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Grandson Does Not Want To Attend Religious College
To assist you in finding such a resource, I suggest you seek out an educational consultant who can meet your basic criteria.
CEO Blog Nation
25 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names
We are not just about helping students with college, but about helping them figure out where they are going with their lives. It’s a much more profound idea, and teens and parents both love it.
The Thoughtful Entrepreneur
The Best Resource to Prep Your Kids for College
Many parents have a hard time when their kids are about to go to college. LifeLaunchr was created to help students and families find their best-choice college and get in, and to navigate the confusing, opaque college admission process with less stress.
The Washington Post
College Board Retreats on Plan for ‘Adversity’ Rating for SAT
“This is a significant improvement that eases concerns about the transparency of the process,” said Venkates Swaminathan, who is based in San Francisco.
The Harvard Crimson
10 Successful Harvard Application Essays
With the top applicants from every high school applying to the best schools in the country, it's important to have an edge in your college application. In our 2019 edition, check out ten of our newest Harvard application essays and profiles from students who made it in.
Things You Need to Know About College
The idea for LifeLaunchr was born out of the experience Swami had as his daughter went through the college admissions process. Finding the right colleges to apply to, working through the requirements, and getting everything in order to apply to college was time-consuming and confusing.
Useful or foolhardy? New ‘adversity rating’ for SAT drives rousing debate
College admissions testing was long viewed as a great equalizer. All students could aim for a maximum 36 on the ACT or 1600 on the SAT, no matter where they grew up or went to school. Their scores functioned as a currency of merit for a nation that aspired to meritocracy. Now, even the College Board, owner of the SAT, acknowledges that testing alone is no equalizer in a society with profound inequities of opportunity. But the testing organization’s latest response to that dilemma — the creation of a numerical rating of adversity for each student’s high school and neighborhood — has generated fierce debate.
Readers Respond to Caitlin Flanagan’s Argument on the College-Admissions Scandal
College should be about students finding their passion and deepening their knowledge, but to too many people it has become a status symbol and a badge. A better system would be one that is transparent and simple.
Tech & Learning
LifeLaunchr Announces Free Scholarship Matching Tool
LifeLaunchr Scholarship Match, a free tool, provides an individualized list of college scholarships based on multiple criteria, including location, academics, personal interests, and affiliations. LifeLaunchr does not accept advertising, and vets all scholarship programs to ensure they are legitimate and come from reputable sources. The tool indicates a student’s match score, or how well the student fits the program criteria, for each scholarship. Students can also see the total amount of scholarship money available to them based on their eligibility. With a subscription, counselors, parents and students can get automated alerts and reminders as well as access to college planning advice.
LifeLaunchr’s new tool offers personalized college planning, admissions platform
LifeLaunchr unveiled a free college-matching tool that shows families in the college search process a student’s chances of admission, expected cost and potential future earnings. Using the list, families can create personalized lists based on 35 criteria that include budget, academic programs, location, culture and military support, reducing the need to track down information in various locations around the internet.
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 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?”
Is College The Best Choice for Everyone?
The number and percentage of high school students who go on to four-year college has been rising steadily for years: 26% of 18-24 year-olds were in four-year colleges in the year 2000. The corresponding figure in 2015 was 30%. But as the costs of college increase and many college graduates see only middling job prospects, more and more families are asking the question: is college the best choice for everyone? This article by LifeLaunchr founder Venkates Swaminathan helps answer the question.
What Families Need to Know About College Financial Aid
College costs continue to soar, and student loan debt in the U.S. now exceeds $1.3 trillion dollars. That means the average student graduating college in 2016 had over $37,000 in debt. So for parents and students navigating the admissions system, it’s critical to understand how financial aid really works. Unfortunately, as with everything else in this area, college financial aid is complex and confusing. This article by LifeLaunchr founder Venkates Swaminathan explains what you need to know about the system.
College-Bound Students Get Better Shot at Scholarships With LifeLaunchr’s New, Free Tool
LifeLaunchr’s personalized college planning platform matches students to scholarship opportunities to improve their chances of earning money for college
LifeLaunchr Earns EdTech Award for Best College Prep Solution
LifeLaunchr, a virtual college planning and admissions counseling service, was honored by EdTech Digest with a 2018 Cool Tool Award in the College Prep Solution category. The EdTech Awards recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. Featuring ed tech’s best and […]
LifeLaunchr Debuts Free College Search Tool Focused on Fit, Affordability and Future Earnings
The college planning and admissions process is one of the most stressful experiences for students and their families, not simply because it’s a consequential decision, but also because it’s difficult to surface information most important and relevant to them. LifeLaunchr, a virtual, personalized college admissions coaching service, has launched a new free college matching tool that enables students and their parents and counselors to find the right fit based on their individual needs.
LifeLaunchr Announces World’s First Marketplace for College Admissions Coaching
LifeLaunchr announced today the immediate launch of the world's first marketplace for college admissions coaching. The new service makes available for the first time, expert coaching, courses, and tools for college planning available in one place at an affordable price, and in many cases for free.
LifeLaunchr and TeenLife Announce Partnership to Offer Affordable College Admissions Advice for Teens
Parents of high school students have a new, more affordable way to help their children successfully navigate the increasingly competitive and expensive college admissions process. LifeLaunchr, the post-secondary and college admissions coaching platform, and TeenLife, an online resource for academic and enrichment opportunities for teens, have launched TeenLife Coach, powered by LifeLaunchr.