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Issue 22: Inside the admissions office of a 450-person college, plus top 3 tips for college hopefuls from an executive presence coach

Issue 22: Inside the admissions office of a 450-person college, plus top 3 tips for college hopefuls from an executive presence coach

This 450-student college gives your application 40-minutes of attention. Every applicant makes it to the committee round. But most won’t get in. Soka University admissions officer Aaron Perry tells SocratesPost the inner workings of getting into Soka and the best questions he gets from applicants. After all, asking the right questions is oftentimes more important than getting all the answers right…

Issue 21: Is test optional truly optional? What to do with a medical leave in high school and your 3-minute summary of the top college admissions news this week

Issue 21: Is test optional truly optional? What to do with a medical leave in high school and your 3-minute summary of the top college admissions news this week

We got the scoop from this admissions officer of a top liberal arts college on how admissions officers view applications written by consultants. What clues give it away? Is test optional truly optional? What will college admissions look like in the future? His best piece of advice for college applicants and stories from his best and worst meetings with prospective students.

Issue 19: Why Whitman admissions officers disagree with each other on who gets in, plus who’s at greatest risk of underemployment

Issue 19: Why Whitman admissions officers disagree with each other on who gets in, plus who’s at greatest risk of underemployment

Why admissions officers are biased. Why “need aware” isn’t as scary as it sounds. What happens when admissions officers disagree. Why this campus prioritizes mental health over cutthroat academic rigor. How exactly applications are evaluated in each round. Whitman College admissions officer Henry Whipple gives SocratesPost the exclusive insider scoop on everything you wanted to know but never figured out.

Issue 14: Is anxiety the biggest college admissions problem?

Issue 14: Is anxiety the biggest college admissions problem?

Anxiety amongst teenagers. Obsessions with dream schools. Transparency in acceptance rates. This week, we talk with Lynn U admissions director Freddy about the solutions to anxiety among high schoolers prepping for college, how interviews play a role in admissions, his most memorable encounters with applicants, and his best piece of advice for applicants.

Issue 13: A 3-Year Bachelor’s, Robots Taking Over College Admissions

Issue 13: A 3-Year Bachelor’s, Robots Taking Over College Admissions

Out with the old and in with the new. This private liberal arts college grants three-year Bachelor’s degrees and gives new iPads to all students. Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida aims to break the constraints of the traditional classroom. SocratesPost talked to its Associate Director of Admission, Freddy Glitman, who gave us the scoop on getting into Lynn.

Issue 12: UPenn (2/2), The ABC’s of Merit Scholarships

Issue 12: UPenn (2/2), The ABC’s of Merit Scholarships

How to spot “packaged” candidates in a crowd of applicants. Unfairness in the college admissions process. Changes in the admissions landscape. Biggest surprises for college applicants. Best piece of advice for Penn hopefuls. Get answers from Dave Min, Penn Wharton alumni, Penn admissions interviewer, UCI law professor, and congressional candidate, in this week’s latest insider interview.

Issue 11: UPenn (1/2), Using The Secrets of Screenwriting to Write Your College Essay

Issue 11: UPenn (1/2), Using The Secrets of Screenwriting to Write Your College Essay

UC Irvine law professor and admissions committee member David Min spoke with SocratesPost about interviewing candidates on behalf of his alma mater UPenn, an Ivy League university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dave has a widely varied career, including a run for Congress in 2016. Dave graduated from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and School of Arts and Sciences before…

Issue 9: Colorado School of Mines (1/2), What I’ve Learned from Reading Over 10,000 College Essays

Issue 9: Colorado School of Mines (1/2), What I’ve Learned from Reading Over 10,000 College Essays

Amanda Rodriguez, admissions counselor and application reader at highly-selective Colorado School of Mines, tells SocratesPost what impresses her and what applicants get wrong. Devoted to engineering and applied science, Mines only accepted 48% of applicants last year. The Wall Street Journal reported Mines graduates boasting the highest starting salary in Colorado and the seventh highest nationally.

Issue 5: Wesleyan University (1/2), The Price of Admission

Issue 5: Wesleyan University (1/2), The Price of Admission

Senior Interviewer at Wesleyan, Naomi Williams, grew up in Atlanta and started working in the admissions office the summer before her junior year. A dancer, choreographer, trumpeter, actress, and singer, she started as a campus tour guide and answering questions at the front desk. Now, as a senior interviewer, she…

Issue 4: Denison University (2/2), The Overachievers

Issue 4: Denison University (2/2), The Overachievers

As an admissions interviewer for Northwestern, I’ve met countless high school seniors with unique backgrounds and personalities vying for a seat in Northwestern’s newest freshman class. As we sit down to talk in local coffee shops or schools, many would show me their shining resumes and transcripts, boasting straight As and impressive leadership involvement. As an interviewer, those weren’t the most memorable candidates…

Issue 3: Denison University (1/2), The Dip

Issue 3: Denison University (1/2), The Dip

Exclusive Insider Interview: Denison University, Senior Admissions Interviewer This week, we hear from Radhika Joshi, one of Denison University’s former admissions interviewers. While an undergraduate at one...

Issue 1: U. of Michigan (1/2), Excellent Sheep

Issue 1: U. of Michigan (1/2), Excellent Sheep

Exclusive Insider Interview: University of Michigan, Director of Admissions Bryan Enochs, the Director of Admissions at the University of Michigan College of Engineering, talks to SocratesPost about exactly...