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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)

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). HBCUs and HSIs offer many great resources for their students. In addition, contrary to popular belief, HBCUs and HSIs educate students of all races, ethnicities, and cultures–not …

10 Reasons to Attend a Women’s College

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 …

10 Reasons to Attend a Religious College

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 …

10 Reasons to Attend an Art School

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 …

10 Reasons to Attend a Research University

Research universities are 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 large …

10 Reasons to Attend a Liberal Arts College

Liberal arts colleges are not always household names. For many liberal arts colleges, the first time you hear the name of the college is when it comes up in your college search. However, liberal arts colleges provide amazing education, engaged communities, and superb preparation for the future. (And, most importantly, not “just arts” in terms …

10 Reasons to Attend a Public College or University

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, …

Every Kind of College and University Defined

As you explore colleges, you will learn each institution has a few classifications. Public or private is a way colleges define themselves. Two-year or four-year is another way a college can be defined. However, there are other terms colleges will use to define their institution. Each college (or university) type is unique and offers great …

Finding the Right Size College: Small, Medium or Large Campus?

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Whenever students are asked about their college preferences, one of the things students consider is the size of the school. The majority of college match tools, including College Raptor, ask about preferred college size. There are small, medium, and large size colleges, but how do students know what size is best for them? Each size …