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My name is Brian Swan. I am the 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 wanted to give families a stress-free, organized, and personalized college search experience. I have been involved in the lives of high school students my whole adult life. From working with underprivileged youth in gym programs, directing music and theater activities, guiding group discussions in high school Sunday School classes, to teaching my own boys as a homeschool dad, helping students has always been a passion of mine. 

I completed the certification program for Independent Educational Consultants at the University of California - Irvine. 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 love to visit colleges and attend related conferences and workshops year round.

I earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from Butler University 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 continue to work in the Pharmacy industry on a part-time basis. I have a lot of real-world experience in the sciences, business, and the arts.

I am married and have two young adult sons whom we homeschooled for eight years. We live in Anchorage, Alaska. I enjoy activities like hiking, camping, kayaking, skiing, or anything that takes me outside in beautiful Alaska. I am involved in our local church, focused on serving high school students.

I am passionate about helping students and families on a personal and consistent basis to reduce their stress by guiding them through the complex process of finding and applying to colleges. I use my years of experience and expertise to give families a road map 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.




One of the best ways to know about a college is to visit one.  You know you are receiving expert advice because I personally visit colleges.  I get to know what the campuses are like, what the vibe is. I talk to students and admissions officers.  You can read about a school in a book or at their website, but the very best way to get a feel for a school is to actually be there and interact with the students, administrators, and faculty. So that you receive the best advice about colleges, I visit campuses on a regular basis. 


Alaska Pacific University

Augsburg College

Beloit College

Bethel University

Brown University

Butler University

Boise State University

Brandeis University

Carlton College

Carroll College

Case Western Reserve University

Central Washington University

College of Idaho

College of William and Mary          Columbia College (Chicago)

Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle)

DePaul University

Depauw University

Digipen (Redmond, Washington)

Eastern Washington University

Evergreen State College

Gonzaga University

Gustavus Adolphus College

Hamline University

Harvard University

Indiana University

Lawrence University

Lewis Clark State College

Linfield College

Macalester College

Marquette University

Milwaukee School of Engineering/Wheaton

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Montana State University

Montana State University (Billings)

Montana Tech

Moody Bible Institute

North Park University

Northeastern University

Northwestern University

Notre Dame University

Oregon State University

Oxford University, UK

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Pacific University

Pacific Lutheran University

Portland State University

Providence College

Purdue University

Reed College

Rocky Mountain College

Saint Louis University

Santa Clara University

Seattle Pacific University

Stanford University

St. Martins University

St. Olaf College

Tufts University

University of Alaska-Anchorage

University of Alaska-Fairbanks

University of Alaska-Southeast

University of Idaho

University of Minnesota

University of Montana

University of Montana Western

University of Oregon

University of Portland

University of Puget Sound

University of Rochester 

University of Seattle

University of St. Thomas

University of Washington

Villanova University

Wabash University

Washington State University

Washington University in St. Louis

Wesleyan University

Western Washington University

Wheaton College

Whitman College

Whitworth University

Willamette University

Yale University

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