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YCBK 88: Do Colleges Evaluate Your Child’s High School? [Transcript]

YCBK88: Do Colleges Evaluate Your Child’s High School?

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (4:51): In this week’s news, an article from Wall Street Journal, “Fed Says Student Debt Has Hurt the U.S. Housing Market”, by Josh Mitchell and Laura Kasisto. Student loans prevented 400,000 young Americans from buying homes, between 2005 to 2014. The amount of student loan debt has either damaged their credit or doesn’t allow them to save for a house down payment, because their income goes toward paying student loan bills. We discuss this article and we ask what our takeaways should be from this. (Length 13:48)


Chapter 88 of 171 Answers (18:39): We are in chapter 88 of 171 Answers and we’re discussing whether colleges evaluate the high school that your child attends.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
If they do evaluate your high school, how exactly do they do this? We answer that question. (Length 29:07)

This week’s question (47:46) is from a high school mom who wants to know how bright students -who are not the valedictorians or sports super stars of their schools- can stand out to the most respected colleges and universities.

We have a very honest and frank conversation about what are the best options in this instance. We talk about SAT subject tests and institutional priorities. (Length 13:21)

This week’s interview (1:01:07) Mark continues his interview with one of his former students, Tara Kalinisan, the Assistant Director of Admissions at Smith College.

Tara Kalinisan
They are talking through what admissions officers do during the first 6 months of the year. (Length 20 minutes)

 Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:10:05) Mark’s recommended resource of the week is the list of colleges where Harvard’s current incoming law students received their Bachelor’s list. The list includes many designer degree schools but it also includes many schools that are regarded as highly selective, well-known colleges. Here is the list of those colleges: https://hls.harvard.edu/dept/jdadmissions/apply-to-harvard-law-school/hls-profile-and-facts/

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