Jessica Velasco


Jessica Velasco is an independent college counselor and founder of JLV College Counseling. She uses her prior experience and knowledge as an admission counselor and director to provide guidance to students and their parents as they go through the college admissions process.

10 Reasons to Attend a Historically Black College/University (HBCU) or Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI)

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Specialized mission colleges focus on educating specific groups of students. The most common specialized mission collages are the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI). An HBCU and HSI offer many great resources for their students. In addition, contrary to popular belief, HBCUs and HSIs educate students of all races, ethnicities, and …
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10 Reasons to Attend a Women’s College

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In the United States, there are currently 42 institutions of higher learning that only enroll women students. The colleges and universities are located throughout the country and vary in their academic and social offerings. While they all have their unique personalities, they all promote empowering women. The percentage of women who attend women’s colleges is …
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10 Reasons to Attend a Religious College

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Religious colleges are all over the country. Some of the more common religions with colleges in the U.S. include Protestant, Catholic, Latter Day Saints (LDS), and Jewish. While some colleges are only religious in their founding, others weave their religious faith into everyday life on the campus. For students who have a strong faith and …
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10 Reasons to Attend an Art School

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If you’re an aspiring artist, an art school might be the place for you. Typical majors found at art schools include Animation, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture, just to name a few. Art schools that are members of the non-profit consortium called the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) not only …
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10 Reasons to Attend a Research University

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A research university is known for being large and focusing heavily on research. In addition to offering numerous undergraduate degrees, research universities are committed to graduate education through the doctorate degree. The size of research universities can be a turn off for many students who want a more intimate college experience. However, most students at …
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10 Reasons to Attend a Public College or University

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Public colleges and universities sometimes get a bad rap. For some reason, many people think state schools are not as rigorous or prestigious as fancy private colleges and universities. However, public colleges and universities offer many great advantages that may not be available at private institutions. State schools are not for everyone, but for some, …
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Every Kind of College and University Defined

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As you explore colleges, you will learn about different types of colleges or universities. Public or private is a way colleges define themselves. Two-year or four-year colleges are also types of colleges. However, there are other terms colleges will use to define their institution. The types of colleges (or universities) are unique and offers great …
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Taking the PSAT and Qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship Program

Here's some tips on taking the PSAT ACT & SAT
Every October, over 1.5 million students are taking the PSAT/NMSQT. The Preliminary SAT is also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Some key things to know about this test: The PSAT/NMSQT tests critical reading, math and writing skills and has a maximum score of 240. Students who score high enough could qualify for the National …
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