About Brian

DSC_0275  My name is Brian Swan. I am president and founder of Greatland College Consulting. I am also the author of “The Savvy Guide to the 4-year WUE Colleges”. I started my business because I want families to have a stress-free, organized, personalized and great college search experience.  I have been involved in the lives of high school students my whole adult life.WUE_colleges_cover_front These endeavors have run the gamut from working with underprivileged youth in gym programs to arts instruction in music and theater. I have completed the certification program for Independent Educational Consultants at the University of California – Irvine. I serve as the parent volunteer college admissions advisor for Interior Distance Educations of Alaska (I.D.E.A.), a state-wide charter school for homeschool students. I am a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association, where I serve as the Anchorage Area Community Representative. I am also a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and the Pacific Northwest Association of College and Admissions Counselors. I visit colleges and attend conferences and workshops year round.

I earned a B.S. from Butler University in pharmacy in 1984. I started and owned Swan’s Family Pharmacy in Indianapolis, Indiana prior to moving to Alaska in 2000. I have also worked for Fortune 500 companies. I have a lot of real world experience in the sciences, business and arts.

I am married and have two teenage sons. We live in Anchorage, Alaska. I enjoy activities like hiking, camping, kayaking, skiing or anything that take me outside in Alaska. I am involved in our local church, especially focused on the youth and the arts.

I am passionate about helping students and families on a personal and consistent basis to reduce their stress by helping them navigate the complex process of finding and applying to colleges. I use my years of experience and expertise to give families a roadmap that keeps the process organized and manageable, and that empowers the student to succeed in choosing a college that fits all their needs: academic, social, and financial. I really love what I do.

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