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Jobs You’ve Never Heard Of: She sails the oceans fixing machinery

"It's either noon or midnight that I'm waking up. It's very tight quarters. Halfway through your day, you might see whales or dolphins out there. You're out on the ocean, so it's a good job," says 28-year-old Kristin Beem, who sails the world's oceans, helping equip scientists at sea fix and set up heavy machinery. A marine biology major, Kristin shares her zigzag path to a coveted STEM job, overcoming a low GPA, and tips on getting your foot in the door.

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USC and Stanford explain legacy admissions

  • Foreign students in the U.S. face a huge obstacle this fall. What will bar them from getting student visas?
  • This university received 11% more apps than last year, the highest on record. Which one?
  • California law asks universities in the state to disclose legacy admissions details. What are the highlights?

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Duke admissions dean: How to be a standout applicant

“Somebody who applies one year might not look as strong, and then if they apply in another year, they might have certain characteristics that the admissions committee is looking for and they would be admitted,” says Dan McCleary, an assistant admissions dean at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. We talk about the “arbitrary” college admissions, admissions consultants, and what makes a candidate great, not just good. Bonus: Dan busts one of the biggest myths about Duke people.

Duke Fuqua admissions dean talks yield, interviews, and Covid

“If they do get asked a question about leadership or teamwork, you can see them thinking about it for the first time and trying to come up with examples that really aren’t fully developed,” says Dan McCleary, an assistant dean of admissions at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. This week, we talk about Dan’s best and worst interviews with Duke applicants to MBA and Master’s programs, the truth behind “yield protect” and how it really affects admissions, and how Covid-19 has and will change Duke Fuqua admissions. Bonus: Dan’s best advice on how to show interest in a college for a leg up in admissions.

How Covid-19 changes college admissions, according to an admissions dean

“Our biggest challenge in the last three months of the academic year calendar was putting people at ease about how we were going to review transcripts,” says Michael Walsh, JMU admissions dean, about Covid-19. This week, we discuss about how Covid-19 has changed admissions criteria, how to best approach Black Lives Matter, the evolution of the admissions industry since the 80s, Michael’s biggest regrets and accomplishments, and finally — the truth behind the biggest myth of college admissions.

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What really matters for college during a pandemic

  • This Ivy League school believes students will be safer taking classes in-person than online. Which one?
  • Accepted to Dartmouth? Incoming freshman will now be able to benefit from this new flexible policy. What is it?
  • Over 300 admissions deans clarify how they’ll evaluate future applicants with Covid in mind. How?

Details behind Princeton’s legacy admissions

  • Are California public universities picking up affirmative action again?
  • A Princeton student dug this up: What’s the truth behind legacy admissions at the New Jersey Ivy?
  • Want to live on campus? Sorry. This East Coast college is cutting 1,800 on-campus housing spots.

Applying to a ton of colleges just got easier

  • This college campus stayed open and reported NO new Covid-19 cases. Which one?
  • Budget problems: This public university system had to drop 39 academic programs. Where is it?
  • Applying for college just got easier. 42 universities joined the Common App for 2020-21. Which ones?
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