About Us

Established in 2008 by a team of nine Yale University students, ReadySetLaunch is a non-profit organization run by students for students. Its beginnings emerged from the belief that quality college advising should be available to all high school students and their families, not solely those with unlimited budgets. ReadySetLaunch provides free mentoring to current high school students of financially disadvantaged backgrounds throughout their navigation of the complex college application process. The organization seeks to address the resource imbalances present within the college application process and provide our student clients with the necessary tools to successfully launch toward their goal of attending college.

ReadySetLaunch is devoted to turning its collective knowledge and experience into a resource for tomorrow’s promising college students.

At ReadySetLaunch we recognize that the value of our own application experiences reaches beyond solely our own admittance to college. The process enabled us to gather valuable information and resources that we are compelled to share with future college-bound high school students who might otherwise find themselves lost amid the maze of applying to colleges.

Sharing this knowledge is the responsibility of our mentors: Ivy League students who have successfully undergone the taxing college application process — from forming a balanced list of target schools to financing their education. Drawing from collective experiences, reputable current resources, and training provided by the professional academic community, ReadySetLaunch volunteer mentors deliver continuous, direct, one-to-one support to our students from the time they enter their high school junior year through to graduation.

Individually tailored support is what we’re all about. We provide students with much more than just deadline reminders and writing tutors. Serving as both adviser and personal coach, each mentor strives to support the unique needs of each student client. Our goal is for each and every student client to be well-equipped to make informed decisions about their higher education plans and present a holistic image of their unique offerings to their chosen list of colleges.

ReadySetLaunch is devoted to turning its collective knowledge and experience into a resource for tomorrow’s promising college students.