YCBK 136: The Return of the Campus Tour [Transcript]
YCBK 137: A Guide to Virtual College Admissions Tools [Transcript]

YCBK 137: A Guide to Virtual College Admissions Tools

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (9:13) : In this week’s news segment, an article from US News and World Report, “A Guide to Virtual College Admissions Tools”, by Josh Moody. Virtual tours, chatbots and Zoom calls with admissions officers all offer ways for applicants to engage. The coronavirus caused colleges and universities to quickly ramp up their efforts to engage with prospective students. (Length 19 minutes)


Chapter 137 of 171 Answers (28:02): Mark talks us through what we need to know about state-based aid.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
Mark and Anika discuss why does state-base aid fly under the radar so much. Mark shares an incredible resource for understanding state-based aid that he is very excited about and he challenges every listener to look up the state-based aid options for each listener’s respective state. (Length 19 minutes)

This week’s question (47:45) is from a Greg in GA and he wants to know if colleges are truly test optional, as they say they are.

Mark really goes into the nuances of how test-optional can mean different things at different schools in very subtle ways. (Length 21 minutes)

This week’s first interview (1:08:36) We have two interviews for you again this week. We won’t be doing this again anytime soon but enjoy both interviews for the last time in 2020: Mark interviews Lisa Przekop in part 2 of 2 on the topic of “Understanding the University of California at Santa Barbara”.

Lisa Przekop
Lisa defines what an impacted major is at UCSB and she talks about which programs are impacted. Lisa also talks about which programs have the most interest. Lisa talks about their pre-major plan. Mark asks Lisa what they need to do to become an even better school and Lisa was just so refreshingly honest with me in her answer. Mark puts Lisa on the hotseat and I ask her seven questions as we get to know Lisa outside of her world as an admission professional (Length 14 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:13:43) The Coalition for College Virtual Fair on 9/16. Come meet colleges from the 130 Coalition for Colleges. Here is the link: https://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/september-virtual-college-fair?utm_source=counselors&utm_medium=email&utm_content=students&utm_campaign=events

This week’s second interview (1:22:41): Mark continues his interview with Lauren Williams, college daughter of YCBK co-host Dave Williams, in ‘How to be creative with your activities in the age of COVID-19’.

Lauren Williams
The final part of my interview focuses on “Theyoungvote.org”, the website Lauren has started to reach out to voters in their teens and twenty’s. (Length 16 minutes)

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