Southern Methodist University (SMU) (TX)
YCBK 102: What Admissions Officers Really Want [Transcript]

YCBK 102: What Admissions Officers Really Want

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (10:41): an article from New York Times, “What Admissions Officers Really Want”, by Paul Tough. At the center of this article is the story of Trinity College’s enrollment manager, Angel Perez, who is hired with two really big and competing priorities of: building a racially and socially economic diverse student body; and digging the school out of a terrible financial deficit. (Length 16:18)

Chapter 102 of 171 Answers (26:59): Mark let’s us know whether or not wealthy families should complete the FAFSA application.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
This is not a black and white issue and Mark explains when it makes sense to complete the FAFSA if you won’t qualify for need-based aid and when it does make sense. (Length 9:31)

This week’s question (36:30) is from Johanna in Pennsylvania and she wants to know how to guide a child who has a learning disability, such as dyslexia, in figuring out what their best college fit.

We discuss a number of steps a parent should take when a student has a learning difference and most of what we discuss applies to other learning differences besides dyslexia. (Length 9:29)
Listeners who want to hear more on this topic should go back and listen to episode 73: here is a link:

This week’s interview (45:59) Mark is in the second and final part of his interview with Travis Hornsby,

founder of the country’s top student loan debt resource: Student Loan Planner, Part 2. (Length 21 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (56:13) Mark’s recommended resource of the week is another outstanding admissions blog that discusses some of the cutting-edge admission strategies.

College Spotlight (1:08:48): Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX

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