YCBK 243: Elite colleges quiet fight to favor alumni kids

In this week's episode you will hear

In the News (10:20) : Mark and Dave discuss an article by Stephanie Saul, written on July 13th, 2022 that appeared in the New York Times entitled, “Elite Colleges Quiet fight to favor legacy admissions”. The article looks at why legacy admissions is defended so fervently by so many colleges. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/13/us/legacy-admissions-colleges-universities.html (Length 24 minutes)

This week’s question (34:12) For our question from a listener, it is bonus content time and Mark recaps a presentation he recently attended entitled, “What is it that is keeping senior admissions people up at night”.

Question
As families come to understand the pressure admissions officers are under, it will help explain why so many colleges are so creative and so aggressive in how they recruit students. Part 2/2 (Length 20 minutes)

This week’s interview (54:22) Our interview is with John Ambrose, the Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Michigan State University. Our topic is Understanding Michigan State University. Part 1 of 3. This interview will also serve as our college spotlight. Preview of Part 1: (1) John gives his backstory, (2) John gives an overview of Michigan State, (3) John talks about the different colleges that comprise MSU, (4) John takes about MSU’s role in spearheading the land grant universities, (5) John describes the MSU campus,

John Ambrose
(6) John talks about what Lansing and East Lansing are like, (7) John shares how MSU is different from other Big 10 schools, (8) John shares how MSU has changed in the last few decades, (9) John shares how MSU’s admissions process works (Length 14 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:08:13) The recommended resource is College Vine’s, Guide to the Education section of the Common App. This resource will assuredly help anyone who is completing this section of the Common App that often befuddles students: https://blog.collegevine.com/a-guide-to-the-education-section-of-the-common-app/

College Spotlight: see interview above

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