YCBK22: How to Know If A College Is Worth The Money

In this week's episode...

In the News (2:30): We talk about how student discipline infractions impact college admission decisions. (Length 12:30)

In this week's book discussion (15:00) of Chapter 22 of 171 Answers: Mark shares a tool that will help you know what is the return on your investment for each college on your list.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
The tool is the College Scorecard (https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/) and it allows you to compare the colleges on your list by factors such as how much money can you expect to earn from each college on your list. This research is based on the specific degree you get. You can compare colleges by factors such as size, location, and whether is is a co-ed or a single gender school. Mark and Anika have an enlightening discussion about how to most effectively utilize this invaluable tool (Length 6:10)

This week’s question (20:10) is from Jill from Colorado and she asks if having several teacher recommendations would increase her child's chances of getting accepted at the colleges that she applies to.

Question
Mark and Anika discuss a method of knowing how many recommendations you should include in your application. They also discuss what criteria you should use to determine how many teacher recommendations are warranted. The reality is, for some schools recommendations are not desired at all and for others they play a significant role in determining who is admitted and who is not. (Length 7:50)

Interview with college admission officer and school counselor Brandi Smith (28:50)

Brandi Smith
Brandi Smith is the college advisor at Marietta High School in Marietta, Georgia. She shares how she has done admissions recruitment for Reinhart College, Samford University, Vanderbilt University and Emory University. Brandi shares how she got each of these jobs. She also shares how she has done college placement at both a private and a public school. Brandi talks about the different roles of the student and the parents in the college admission process. She shares examples of some inappropriate things that parents sometimes do in the application process. She talks about her expectations of what student's need to do in the college process. This is part 1 of a 3 part series with Brandi.

 

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