YCBK 93: How to Not Go Crazy from the Admissions Process [Transcript]
University of Puget Sound (WA)

YCBK 93: How to Not Go Crazy from the Admissions Process

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (11:45): An article from Wall Street Journal, “Colleges Rethink Athletic Special Admissions in Wake of Indictments”, by Melissa Korn and Brian Costa.

Melissa Korn
Wall Street Journal
The infamous William Rick Singer was exposed for targeting low profile sports to find coaches who would accept his bribes. The writers of this article suggest that these coaches were most vulnerable because of being the lesser paid among other coaches – such as football and basketball; and students in these sports are less likely to be tracked by school officials. Following the indictments of Mr. Singer, along with dozens of parents and coaches, schools are taking action to guard against this degree of fraudulent behavior. We look at what changes colleges are making in their athletic offices to prevent this from happening again. (Length 7:37)


Chapter 93 of 171 Answers: We are in chapter 93 of 171 Answers and Mark talks through the essentials for you and your child to not going crazy while working through the college admissions process.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
We talk about several very practical things that students and parents can do to enjoy the college admissions process without experience undue stress and without having the college process drive a wedge between the relationships of students and parents. (Length 15:35)

This week’s question (34:57) is from Michele, a college counselor from Washington.

She wants Mark to address how opting to not share test scores – at test optional schools – can actually be harmful when it comes to students who need merit aid. (Length 16:24)


This week’s interview (51:21) Mark wraps-up his interview with Peter Van Buskirk, Founder of Best College Fit, and Former VP of Enrollment at Franklin and Marshall, in “Understanding how colleges act as businesses in ways that are not in your best interest”.

Peter Van Buskirk
(Length 19 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:01:21) Mark’s recommended resource of the week is Julie Lythcott-Haims Ted Talk on How to Raise a Successful Adult without overparenting. This 14 minute Ted Talk is the best Ted Talk Mark has seen:


College Spotlight (1:11:20):London Metropolitan College

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