What is SocratesPost?

SocratesPost is an ad-free, subscription-base newsletter for parents navigating the college admissions process with their kids. It was founded by investigative journalists and former college coaches who want to shift the focus of college apps from prestige, scarcity, and rankings to authenticity, clarity, and fit. 
We’re here to shape your viewpoints not only on colleges themselves and how to get in, but also what it truly means to get a college education. 
We shouldn’t have to sit in meetings, wait in line, or commute long hours to get help with college admissions. We shouldn’t have to make ourselves into people we are not just to get into college.
The information and advice that can shape our lives should be accessible anytime, anywhere.
SocratesPost is available worldwide, currently in English. 

What makes SocratesPost different?

SocratesPost is not a blog or a marketing newsletter sent on behalf of a college consulting firm. 
It is a specialized, niche newsletter with insider information. 
It shows you the inner workings of college admissions through our exclusive interviews with college admissions insiders (admissions officers, interviewers, counselors, and deans) whom we’ve enlisted in our vision. Just as much as you want them to see you as humans, they want you to see them as humans as well. 
It gives you clarity on your complex college admissions questions through answering your questions in our weekly Q&A advice column. 
It educates you on the latest happenings on college admissions through our weekly 3-minute summary of the best college admissions resources and headlines we curate. 
Completely independent of sponsors, affiliates, or advertisers, we can publish laser-sharp focused articles on college admissions without pushing products. 

How does SocratesPost help me in college admissions?

Through learning the experiences of admissions insiders who read, evaluate, and select applicants, you can empathize and understand how your evaluators might see you. You can then learn what truly matters in your application and what does not. 
Through getting your specific questions answered online, you gain clear, dependable and personal insight rather than waste time scouring the web for unreliable advice. 
Through reading our weekly news summaries on the latest college admissions happenings, you get a clear picture of the constantly changing college admissions landscape without sacrificing the time to read and curate these resources — so you can focus on building your character, reflecting, and deciding what these changes mean for you. 

Who is SocratesPost for?

Though geared toward parents guiding their children on a path to college, SocratesPost can be for college applicants themselves, college counselors, teachers, coaches, or consultants who want a single clear, specialized news source for all of their college admissions curiosities and questions. It’s for those who want to pilot their college admissions journey with authenticity, giving up the race for prestige and rankings and instead seeking truth and integrity. And especially for those who want to do it from anywhere in the world, any time. 

Is SocratesPost a college consulting or counseling company?

No. SocratesPost is a leading neutral news source that is very specialized in the niche topic of college admissions through exclusive insider interviews. We do not push any agendas for any consulting or counseling business. 

Why do I have to pay for a subscription?

The insights, analysis, and commentary we gather and publish are independent of influence from investors, external advertisers, and companies selling their services. Because of your subscription, we serve you, instead of advertisers, with the highest caliber content. Most importantly, your subscription allows us to continue running SocratesPost with the best technology and tools and make a living.

What’s the difference between a subscriber and a reader?

Subscribers pay for unlimited access to our content (current and archived), get priority answers in the weekly advice column, and request college admissions resources for us to summarize.
Readers do not pay. They can only access partial content and ask questions, but do not get priority answers. We encourage every reader to try out a subscription for full content. You may cancel anytime. 

What questions do you ask the admissions insiders?

“What types of applicants stand out to you?”
“What essays are you sick of reading?”
“What do you wish parents knew about college admissions?”
“What’s a dirty little secret about admissions at your school?” 
Here’s just a sampling. When you’re a subscriber, you get to contribute to our questions list and get your specific questions answered by admissions insiders! 

Why is this called SocratesPost?

Socrates was a nonconformist, a contrarian, and a brave thinker. He learned by asking questions, deeply examining himself and his world. SocratesPost channels his spirit of interrogating popular opinions and revealing what truly matters for each individual. We question those working in admissions to shine light on the issues that confuse students and parents the most. We hope you do the same by continually asking yourself “what really matters to me?”, rather than seeking formulas and following the crowd to success. Let’s coin our own definitions of success.

Where can I ask a question about SocratesPost?

Right here! Ask your question below and we will email back an answer.

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