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  • FAQ | LAUNCH edu advisors

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS LAUNCH understands the importance of being transparent and giving families value for their investment. Below you will find a list of typical questions you may have during the IEC selection process. If your question is not answered, please contact us at What is an Independent Education Consultant? Enter your answer here How can an IEC help me with college planning? Enter your answer here Do I need an Independent Education Consultant? Yes! Users can add video from YouTube or Vimeo with ease: Enter App Settings Click the "Manage Questions" button Click on the question you would like to attach a video to When editing your answer, click on the video icon and then paste the YouTube or Vimeo video URL That's it! A thumbnail of your video will appear in answer text box How can I hire LAUNCH? We provide all potential clients a free, one-hour consultation where we will discuss your current opportunities and future goals. This meeting helps both you and your family as well as our staff determine if we will make a great match.

  • Where we visit | LAUNCH edu advisors

    LAUNCH VISITS To ensure our students are considering options and have best fits, LAUNCH visits up to 18 schools every 15 months. See our full list of visits since 2019. Schools in orange areHBCU schools American University Augustana College Carnegie Melon University Carthage College Charles University (Prague) Coe College Cornell College (IA) Czech Technical University (Prague) DePaul University Dominican University Drexel University Erasmus University Erasmus University College FAMU (Prague) Franklin and Marshall College Glion/LaRoche Governor's State University Howard University Illinois Institute of Technology Leiden University Leiden University College Loyola Chicago Marquette University McDaniel College Milwaukee School of Engineering Muhlenberg College North Central College Northwestern University Notre Dame of Maryland St. John's Annapolis Towson University TU Delft University of Chicago University of Illinois at Chicago University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburg University of Scranton University College Roosevelt University College Utrecht University of Barcelona University of Economics and Business (Prague) University of Ghent (Belgium) University of Life Science (Prague) University of Notre Dame University of Scranton University of Utrecht Ursinus College Vanderbilt University Vrije Universiteit Webster University Leiden

  • Coronavirus Update | LAUNCH edu advisors

    CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES At LAUNCH, we understand humanity is living through unprecedented times. Healthcare, education, political, business, and infrastructure systems across the globe are being challenged, at times beyond their capacity. While you may experience a range of emotions during this time, please know LAUNCH is here for you. Call us , email us , schedule a virtual chat , read our social media posts . Over the next few weeks, we aim to share quality resources, news, and insights to reduce fear, promote calm, and help you through this trying time. Live stat updates are available at the bottom of this page. Stay inside, wash your hands, eat healthy, rest up, and remember to #dreamlaunchsoar. US UNIVERSITY ADMISSION EVENT STATUS The National Association of College Admissions Counseling is keeping track of the impact of US univertsity admissions. Read More > UK EDUCATION SYSTEM UPDATES This is the official UK education website, which shares all press release regarding the coronavirus. Read More > DUTCH EDUCATION SYSTEM UPDATES This is the official site of the Dutch govnernment. You can use Google Translate to switch to your native language. Read More > INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE UPDATES The International Baccalaureate is monitoring the impact of the virus. They are currently working on the best way to judiciously move forward. Read More > IRELAND EDUCATION SYSTEM UPDATES This is the official website of Ireland's education system, which shares all press release regarding the coronavirus. Read More > UNESCO DISTANCE LEARNING RESOURCES A full list of online resources for students moving or already engaged in virtual classrooms and learning. Read More > AP EXAM UPDATES College Board provides updates and answers questions regarding the AP exams, which are being taken all over the globe during the coronavirus pandemic. Read More > FRENCH EDUCATION SYSTEM UPDATES This is the official website of France's education system, which shares all press release regarding the coronavirus. Read More > US ADMISSION DEPOSIT DEADLINE UPDATES The advocacy group ACCEPT keeps diligent track of changes in US deposit deadlines. Read More > SAT UPDATES College Board has announced changes to the SAT and AP exams for students both domestically and internationally. Read More > ACT UPDATES ACT continues to announce updates regarding upcoming tests dates for students domestically and internationally. Read More > GLOBAL EDUCATION UPDATES This resource tracks International school closures by key countries. ISC provides English international education data. Read More > LIVE STAT UPDATES nCoV2019 created by: Avi Schiffmann

  • SERVICES | LAUNCH edu advisors

    LAUNCH SERVICES We believe with proper guidance so families can make informed, sound education decisions that increase access to opportunities. Through our robust menu of services, families can find LAUNCH guidance that fits their budget and needs. UNIVERSITY PACKAGE Our most comprehensive package that offers full family guidance from the college search down to evaluating offers. Over the course of 2-3 years. Perfect for 14-16 year olds. HOURLY SERVICES This service is great for students in their last two years of high school who don't need a full package, but individualized services based on their most pressing needs. STUDENT ATHLETES Athletes can tack on services as part of a full university package, or sign up for hourly a-la-carte options surrounding athletic recruiting. Pricing All-inclusive package including BTV Pricing Hourly rates including BTV Pricing Personalized based on academics, level of play, needs of student 10,000 400/hour Case-by-Case COURSES & DOWNLOADS In addition to university packages, we offer a variety of digital products on various topics available for purchase or free download. Browse workshops, courses, and downloads below. Browse Products Schedule a Free Consultation LAUNCH does not work for schools and thus, cannot guarantee admission to or financial aid from any school. UNIVERSITY PACKAGE LAUNCH provides personalized university guidance packages for students seeking to attend university in America, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Europe. Our values-based package aims to reduce stress, improve efficiency, and help families reach new educational opportunities. School Advice Package SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION Any of the above services tailored to fit your needs HOURLY SERVICES Each student's journey is unique, therefore we offer flexible hourly services to cater to the specific needs of our clients. Whether you're seeking guidance on university admissions, or personalized essay help, our hourly services provide the flexibility to address your concerns efficiently. With our team of experienced advisors, you can choose the specific services you need, making every hour dedicated to maximizing your success. Below are examples of how a client might set up their own personalized hourly services. SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION STUDENT ATHLETES As former collegiate athletes ourselves, we are uniquely positioned to offer assistance in crafting compelling athletic resumes and showcasing achievements and skills to attract the attention of college recruiters. Additionally, our team provides valuable insights into NCAA eligibility requirements, scholarship opportunities, and the overall recruitment process. Whether you're a student-athlete aiming to balance your academic and sports pursuits or a parent navigating the complexities of collegiate athletics, LAUNCH can empower you to make informed decisions and achieve success both on and off the field. ​ Services are uniquely tailored to students and can include the following: SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION Student Outcomes One of the most rewarding parts of our jobs as education advisors is to watch our students develop and acheive their goals. We are delighted when acceptance letters come in for students and pride ourselves on an 85% acceptance rate! See our list of oucomes below! STUDENT OUTCOMES

  • Service Agreement | LAUNCH edu advisors

    Privacy Policy TERMS AND CONDITIONS LAUNCH requires all clients and their families to adhere to a high level of ethics and accountability while being guided by our service. ​ LAUNCH staff adheres to the ethical standards and Principles of Good Practice by the Independent Education Consultants Association in addition to the Core Values of Ethical Practice through the Higher Education Consultants Association. LAUNCH is awaiting approval for associate membership to both organizations All students and their families are expected to adhere to the Student Pledge and Service Agreement upon becoming a LAUNCH client.

  • Free Resources | LAUNCH edu advisors

    LAUNCH RESOURCES We believe every families deserves the best knowledge so they can make informed decisions.

  • Expat School Admission University Guidance | Hilversum | Education Adv

    #DREAM LAUNCH SOAR WE ARE PREPARING FOR LIFTOFF ! INSPIRING STUDENTS LAUNCH works to encourage students to step outside their comfort zone, embrace opportunities, and conquer their personal and academic goals. MENTORING AMBITION We learn as much as we can about each student to advise them on the best opportunities for educational, social, emotional, professional, and personal growth. LAUNCHING THE FUTURE LAUNCH works to inspire and mentor students to become productive, honest leaders who positively make the world more equitable, educated, and inclusive. ABOUT LAUNCH LAUNCH is an Independent Education Consultant led advising service focused on providing expat and international families school and university guidance. UNIVERSITY PACKAGES We offer three different service packages to help families effectively navigate the American university admission and financial aid process. SCHOOL PACKAGES We offer two different advisory packages to assist families effectively in choosing either a Dutch or international school during their relocation process. Sign up below to receive more information about LAUNCH and to receive an early invitation to apply to the Class of 2020, 2021, 2022, or 2023. What interests you most? I would like to sign up to receive email updates from LAUNCH. View Privacy Policy I have read and agreed to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. View Terms and Conditions Join THANK YOU! Our staff will be in contact with you and send you an update when our website is live. Make sure to follow us on social media for continued updates as well! #dreamlaunchsoar

  • ABOUT US | LAUNCH Education Advisors | Europe

    ABOUT LAUNCH Based in the Netherlands, LAUNCH is an Independent Education Consultant-led advising service focused on providing expat and international families school and university guidance. Founded by Chicago native, Lauren Joyce Hensel, LAUNCH aims to help students reach their potential through educational opportunity and adherence to five core values. Lauren and Samantha are Associate Members of the Independent Education Consultants Association and pursuing Professional Membership. Lauren and Samantha are also a member of the International Association of College Admissions Counselors . MISSIO N LAUNCH is a boutique, education guidance organization working to inspire and mentor globally-minded students, so they can productively and positively make the world a more equitable, educated, and inclusive society. ​ VALUE S LAUNCH uses five core values to inspire, mentor, and launch the ambitions of expat and international families. We expect our families to uphold these values as well. Curiosity, Integrity, Trust, Opportunity, Grit VISIO N LAUNCH aims to become a global company, with bases in Europe and North America, and create a more inclusive world through access to domestic and international educational opportunities for third-culture students and their families. ​ STAF F LAUREN JOYCE HENSEL Founder, Head Guidance Coach ​ SARA BITTNER Co-founder, Community and Guidance Coach ​ DAKOTA ZARGANIS Guidance Coach FOUNDER & HEAD GUIDANCE COACH EXPERTISE US, UK, Canada, Dutch Universities First Generation University Students Student-Athletes (including eSports) Expat and Third Culture Families ​ EDUCATION Bachelor of Science, Technical Communication Masters of Public Administration, Educational Policy Certificate, Independent Education Consulting PhD Candidate, Education and Social Justice LAUREN JOYCE HENSEL Illinois Institute of Technology '06 and '17 University of California, Irvine '21 Lancaster University '25 While in high school, I received 15 minutes of university counseling despite being a first generation university student. My family and I found the process overwhelming, stressful and challenging, thus leading me to apply only to universities where I knew I would receive acceptance. After graduating with a bachelor of science degree, I immediately started working in university and prep school admissions and athletics. I fell in love with helping students from diverse backgrounds reach their potential, discover their gifts, and launch their futures. I returned to university in 2015 to obtain a masters and hone my ability to research and connect with people. Likewise, I put these improved skills to use to conduct an in-depth school search for my own children when my husband and I relocated with our children to The Netherlands. With my experience in preparatory school and university admissions and athletics and expat experience, I possess valuable knowledge which can help expat, international, and third culture families and communities. I believe in serving my clients with compassion, empathy, and realism to help them achieve educational success. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in Education and Social Justice from Lancaster University in England. I have a certificate in Independent Education Consulting from University of California-Irvine and an MPA from Illinois Institute of Technology. In my spare time, I enjoy weight lifting, traveling around Europe, sampling coffee, riding my bakfiets, and enjoying time with my husband and two children. Contact Lauren SARA BITTNER Lehigh University, Hogeschool Utrecht My whole life, I’ve been a professional dabbler and played nearly every sport available (soccer, basketball, swimming, track and field, and field hockey), but I was never excited about any of them. During my junior year of high school when I discovered my high school rowing team, the first of its kind in my home state of Delaware, I instantly fell in love with the sport and quickly climbed the ranks of the team. My coach suggested that I list my erg scores online so that college coaches could find me. It wasn’t long before a few showed interest, including Lehigh University. I went on an official visit, fell in love with the school, and decided to apply Early Decision. ​ As I finished my application, more rowing opportunities became available. I applied to and was accepted by, a number of other colleges and universities, but I still felt drawn to Lehigh though I did wonder if I rushed my application process. My concerns were negated as I was accepted to Lehigh in January of my senior year and enrolled that fall. ​ Although inspired by my time at Lehigh where I developed some of my closest friendships, at times I felt overwhelmed and challenged, and to this day, I wonder if there was a university better suited to my strengths and ambitions. At 17-years-old, I conquered my university search alone and only superficially understood what I needed from my school. Had I received more personalized, holistic guidance, I likely would have made a different decision as a student-athlete. ​ In 2010, I emigrated to the Netherlands to build my life with my partner. These days, you’ll find me reading my book club’s latest selection, cheering on the sidelines of a soccer field, staying active through fun runs, bike rides, and fitness classes, and spending quality time with my partner and two children. CO-FOUNDER & GUIDANCE AND COMMUNITY COACH EXPERTISE Dutch Schools East Coast Schools (USA) Student-Athletes (rowing expertise) Expat and Third Culture Families US Personal Statements Supplemental Essays Contact Sara DAKOTA ZARGANIS Guilford College '15 Salisbury University '18 During my college search, I visited countless campuses and wound up applying to twelve schools from across the country and even in Paris. I had known for years that I wanted to declare Psychology as my major but had no vision for where I might do that. In the final weeks before decisions were due, I ended up flying across the country to visit a campus on the West Coast and spent hours pouring over spreadsheets of pros and cons (much like the rankings lists Launch uses, actually) to make a decision. I ultimately chose Guilford because of its welcoming atmosphere. The campus was classic and green and the community was small enough that my classes would be discussion-based and professors would become mentors over time. Coming from a New England private school, I found college-level academics very manageable. So manageable, that I took more than 20 credits per semester, became an Honors student, added summer courses, and completed my entire Bachelor's degree in three years. Being a college counselor has always been my dream job. A way to combine my background in sociology and my passion for working with youth. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to join the Launch Team! In my free time, I love to travel around Europe, try new Amsterdam restaurants with my partner, and do yoga. GUIDANCE COACH EXPERTISE Student Onboarding University List Building Supplemental Essays Application Strategy Contact Dakota SAMANTHA DELEON University of Illinois at Chicago Concordia University Irvine '11 Illinois Institute of Technology '22 As a first-gen Filipina-American, going to college was a given. But no one gave the secret sauce for how to go about it. My college counselor ended up retiring my junior year, so I had a new counselor my final year. Navigating college with a new counselor where I hadn’t made a connection was daunting, so I did the college search by myself. What drove my decision for attending university was the cost of attendance and if I had friends or family attend the school. I ended up following my two older sisters and attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where I crafted my university experience, leading me to explore diplomacy with internships at the U.S. Department of State and go on to earn a Masters in International Studies where I lived in Shanghai. In 2012, I began my career in international education, where I have experience in university admissions in three types of higher education institutions (large public, small liberal arts, and tech university). I have worked with ethical advisors who can help students and families strategically navigate higher education institutions of best fit. I am an active member of International ACAC, Study Illinois, and I am pursuing an MBA through the Illinois Institute of Technology. I always carve out time to Peloton or bike outdoors along Lake Michigan or around the Chicagoland area. Contact Sam GUIDANCE COACH EXPERTISE Asia International Student Financing International Student Visa Process School-University Counselor Relations Transfer Applications + Finances Webinars, Trainings, and Workshops


    DIGITAL PRODUCTS In addition to one-on-one counseling, LAUNCH offers a variety of digital products about university admissions. These downloads and webinars are great for those interested in special topics, as quick references and step-by-step how-tos, or as an alternative to individual counseling. Don't see a topic you'd like to? Send us an email. We're always creating more! University List Building Digital Course Contains 18 videos and 8 downloadable worksheets that guide you step by step through the process of building your dream university list. End with 10 schools offering the best fit for your unique talents. LAUNCH Family Essentials Guide Get an overview of the components of college admissions including student timelines, fit vs. rankings, extracurriculars, college fairs, resources, and a recommended reading Extracurricular and Student CV Course This webinar includes 4 modules including downloads and assignments. Learn how admissions departments view extracurriculars as part of applications; complete self-analysis to understand your unique strengths and opportunities; and use this information to build a well-rounded student CV. LIFT OFF: A College Freshman Guide The ultimate guide for transitioning to student life. Includes topics such as packing lists, how to be a good roommate, academic skills for success, money management, mental health, internships/job resources, resume building, networking, and even how to do laundry! Extracurricular Guide/CV Basics A few sections are taken from the Full Extracurricular Guide and Course. This download gives an overview of extracurriculars, a breakdown of the 4 tiers approach, and how to balance breadth and depth of activities. College Packing List + Study Skills A few sections taken from the full Lift Off Guide, this download contains a comprehensive packing list, some study habit tips for college, and a bonus section about how to do laundry! 50% off €10 €35 €20 FREE FREE

  • University Services | LAUNCH edu advisors

    UNIVERSITY SERVICES LAUNCH believes in bringing opportunity to ambitious students and their families. We offer one-to-one coaching who can provide you the best insight. LAUNCH is not an agent and does not work for universities. Thus, LAUNCH cannot guarantee admission to or financial aid from any school. We believe in a well-balanced, values-based application strategy to maximize fit. All prices below are exclusive of 21% BTW/VAT UniversityPackage UNIVERSITY PACKAGES LAUNCH provides three boutique, personalized university guidance packages for ambitious and motivated students seeking to attend university in America, the United Kingdom, Canada, and throughout Europe. These packages provide our families the best return on investment as each allows for unlimited communication with LAUNCH and a highly bespoke guidance plan. LAUNCH does not count hours and works extensively outside of meetings for students and their ambitions. This means meetings are used for important and valuable feedback, discussions, and in depth tasks creating more progress in less time for the student. ​ These packages aim to make the university application process organized (through our use of Cialfo), less stressful (through strategic mediation and project management), and tailored to a student's goals, values, and ambition (our values-based approach). ​ We offer all families a free consultation to share our knowledge, learn more about your needs, and determine if we are a good fit for one another. SCHEDULE A FREE 30-MINUTE CONSULTATION elite Designed with the ambitious, driven student in mind, the LAUNCH Elite package aims to help students share a robust story with admissions officers at Top 40 US and Top 100 global institutions. This package is for the most fearless of applicants, requiring dedication, a strong commitment towards preparation, and a vision for future success. It must be started no later than sophomore year. courses and downloads As an education advisory, we believe in providing quality advice to all income levels. Our digital products provide you a solid foundation for conducting your post secondary search. Within our digital products, you will find extracurricular, list building, recommendation, essay, and decision-making guides. To learn more and purchase digital products, click here . comprehensive The comprehensive package is all-inclusive and includes everything in the mini and essentials packages plus more! It guides the average to above average student and their family through the entire school preparation, application, selection, and decision process. LAUNCH encourages students to start during freshman or sophomore year to provide time to receive quality guidance and advise. essentials The essentials package provides everything in the mini package plus a limited holistic factor review, personal branding guidance and academic CV creation, class selection and extracurricular advice, essay coaching for four essays, application strategy for up to eight applications, and recommendation review and advice. Students should start this package in junior year. HOURLY PACKAGES LAUNCH does provide hourly packages on a case by case basis. Typically, these packages are used for secondary school advice, test prep, a single essay, or long term advice. LAUNCH will advise you if they believe an hourly package is right for your situation. SCHEDULE A FREE 30-MINUTE CONSULTATION LAUREN Post Secondary Advisor €250/$260 Contact me! JACQUELINE Test Prep/Skills €250/$260 Contact Me! SARA Post Secondary Advisor €250/$260 Contact Me! SAMANTHA Post Secondary Advisor €250/$260 Contact Me!

  • Outcomes | LAUNCH edu advisors

    LAUNCH OUTCOMES We believe where our students land is proof of their success with LAUNCH. With over 26,000 universities around the world, we are always thrilled to add a new one to list! See our full list of acceptances since 2019 below. Top 200 Global University * Top 200 North American University To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. American College of Greece American University* Anglo American University (Prague) Augustana College (IL, USA) Bard College Bloomsburg University Brunel University (UK) California State University - Chico Centre College City University London (UK) College of Charleston College of William and Mary* Columbia College Chicago Connecticut College Converse College Davenport University DePaul University Drake University Drexel University* Durham University (UK) Emerson College Erasmus University College (NL) Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL) Florida Institute of Technology Folsom Community College Fontys (NL) Fordham University* Fort Hays State University Goucher College Hanze Hogeschool (NL) Heriot-Watt University (UK) Hofstra University HZ Hogeschool (NL) Hogeschool Amsterdam (NL) Illinois Institute of Technology* Keele University (UK) Kent State University* Kettering University King's College London (UK) Lake Forest University Lewis & Clark College Liverpool Hope University (UK) Loyola Marymount University (Film) Loyola University Chicago* Loyola University Maryland Macalester College McGill University (Canada)* McKendree University Mount Allison (Canada) The New School* New York University* Northeastern University Northern Michigan University Occidental College Oxford University (UK) Queens University of Charlotte Ramapo College of New Jersey Rhodes College Rutgers University* Sarah Lawrence College St. Mary's College of California Skidmore University SUNY Buffalo* TU Eindhoven (NL) TU Twente (NL) Tufts University* University College London (UK) University College Roosevelt (NL) University College Utrecht (NL) University of Birmingham (UK) University of California-San Diego* University of California-Santa Cruz* University of Colorado - Boulder* University of Delaware* University of Dundee (UK) University of East Anglia (UK) University of Edinburgh (UK) University of Exeter (UK) University of Glasgow (UK) University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne* University of Iowa* University of Leeds (UK) University of Liverpool (UK) University of Maine University of Manchester (UK) University of Missouri* University of New Haven University of North Carolina -Wilmington University of Nottingham (UK) University of Oregon* University of Oregon Clark Honors College* University of Puget Sound University of Reading (UK) University of Rhode Island* University of Rochester* University of San Francisco* University of Saint Andrews (UK) University of Stirling (UK) University of Tampa University of Utah* University of Vermont* University of Warwick (UK) Upper Iowa University Ursinus College Vanderbilt University* Virginia Tech* Washington College Wesleyan University West Virginia University* Western Washington University Honor College

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