San Diego State University (CA)
YCBK 166: Wanted: Students for Admission to College [Transcript]

YCBK 166: Wanted: Students for Admission to College

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (6:42) : In this week’s news segment, an article from Forbes “Wanted: Students for Admission to College” by Brennan Bernard. There is a subset of colleges and universities who have seen record increases in applications this year (thanks in part to pandemic-induced test-optional policies), but the reality is that this is predominantly among larger, more selective schools and others are seeing declining numbers. The more concerning trends are that fewer first-generation and low-income students submitted applications and that completion rates for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) have fallen (by more than 9% as of late February). Students are more valuable than ever and the pandemic has changed how colleges recruit these students. Mark and Dave discuss how student recruitment has been forced to change because of covid-19. (Length 24 minutes)

Chapter 166 of 171 Answers (30:54) :the power and value of affinity groups.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
Mark and Anika discuss why affinity groups are so powerful and who are some of these affinity groups designed to serve. Mark discusses the controversy over these affinity groups. (Length 13 minutes)

This week’s question (43:52) is from Courtney, a college counselor in New England, and she is asking how to navigate family conversations when trying to relay the message of being a small fish in a big ocean, when they have been a big fish in a small pond, for the most part of their lives.

(Length 28 minutes)

This week’s interview (1:11:58) Mark kicks off his interview with Julia Hutchinson a high school senior from Wisconsin –

Julia Hutchinson
A creative approach to learning what the students are like at the colleges on your child’s college list (Part 1 of 3) (Length 19 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:18:58) This website has very helpful videos from admission leaders at six highly selective small colleges that many people are not familiar with. The videos discuss applying to college, but they also describe some of the resources available at these campuses.

College Spotlight (1:30:38): San Diego State University (CA) ( (28 minutes)

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