YCBK 161: The Mess that is college admissions (Part 3 of 3)

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (4:59) : n this week’s news segment, an article from Vox “The Mess That is Elite College Admissions, Explained by a Former Dean” Jason England. The dean of an elite liberal arts university shares 8 things that he wishes people understood about his old job in admissions and its wide-ranging controversies. In our final segment Mark and Dave discuss points 5-8. (Length 24 minutes)


Chapter 161 of 171 Answers (28:22) : – affirmative action for rich kids. Mark just makes a few points on this topic that we haven’t covered. Mark reveals an admissions strategy that is seldom discussed to target affluent applicants.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
Mark and Anika finish up with part 2 of their conversation about the importance of character in the college admission process. We end this discussion by covering 15-character traits that admission counselors who do holistic admissions value. (Length 31 minutes)

This week’s question (59:35) In our question from a listener segment, Diana from WI asks about the red flags that reveal that a college isn’t right for a student. Mark shares 10 common red flags.

(Length 13 minutes)

This week’s interview (1:12:41) Mark continues his interview with the former admission officer and current college counselor, Julia Esquivel from Massachusetts-How to work more effectively with your school counselor – part 2 of 6,

Julia Esquivel
(Length 13 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:25:34) A great source for finding virtual college visits, as well as for finding a fun list of things to look for on these visits: collegevizzy.com

College Spotlight: No College Spotlight this week. Next week, the University of Utah in Salt Lake City

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