September 16, 2019

The VentureFizz Podcast: Alicia Lindgren - CEO at CollegeLab

For the 129th episode of our podcast, I interviewed Alicia Lindgren, CEO at CollegeLab.

Alicia’s career started out in the financial services industry and then she later moved into the non-profit sector before transitioning into the educational field where she has developed a deep level of expertise around college admissions.

CollegeLab is an AI-driven college admissions tool that helps families and counselors better navigate and manage the college admissions process. Built using machine learning methods, CollegeLab utilizes over 4 million student applications with outcomes to tell students their chance of admission at 500 colleges and universities, comparing 12 data points and identifying areas they should focus on to improve their chances.

I have a confession to make about this podcast episode. Not only do Alicia and I have a deep conversation about the CollegeLab platform, but we also talk in great detail about the college admissions process, which was of great interest to me. I have a daughter who is a sophomore in high school, and while we are not out there doing college visits just yet, it is all right around the corner.

In this episode of our podcast, we cover lots of other topics, like:

  • The truth behind college rankings and their data.
  • Alicia’s background story in terms of her professional career.
  • All the details on CollegeLab and what makes the platform valuable to students, parents, and counselors.
  • Her thoughts on the SAT and ACT, and the current status of these tests.
  • How colleges and universities make their decisions around admissions.
  • And so much more.

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Keith Cline is the Founder of VentureFizz. Follow him on Twitter: @kcline6.