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YCBK 209: Admission double standard [Transcript]

YCBK 209: Admission double standard

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (19:34) : In this week’s “In the news” segment, a August 19th, 2021 article in Forbes, by Brennan Barnard “the admission double standard” Mark and Dave discuss how it is not uncommon for the admission officers to expect something of students that they do not apply to themselves. Dave and Mark discuss why this happens and what you can do about it. (Length 21 minutes)

This week’s question (40:44) Mark and Lisa answer two questions, one from a student in Wisconsin an and one from a parent from Illinois: Question 1 : How do I know what to do on a college visit? Will from Wisconsin? Question 2 : Mark- you offered an amazing session to Old Saint Patrick families last year. I have been listening to your podcast ever since. My question has to do with merit scholarships.

Most school websites indicate that income, financial need, etc. do not play into the decision- for example, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Is this real or imaginary? Thank you!, Mary Claire, Illinois (Length 25 minutes)

This week’s interview (1:05:02) Mark interviews Gary Clark, the Dean of undergraduate admissions at UCLA and Gary helps demystify how the waitlist works at a place like UCLA. Preview (Part 1/2) : (1) Gary gives his backstory, including where he grew up and the various colleges he worked at, (2) Gary explains the admissions statistics for UCLA for the class of 2025, (3) Gary explains the mechanics of how the waitlist works.

Gary Clark
In part 1 one, Gary explains a few reasons why you can start out with what you think is a long waitlist and immediately it can get whittled down. Gary explains some of the unknowns (Length 14 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:11:58) Our recommended resource for episode 209 is the book: “Crush Your Test Anxiety” by Ben Bernstein. The book gives practical advice on how you can conquer the anxieties that keep you from achieving your peak performance on tests.

College Spotlight (1:19:33) : The University of Missouri (, Part 1 of 2 (Length 20 minutes)

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