Issue 23: What admissions officers really think about SATs and helicopter parents, plus what happened when we contacted Dartmouth for our weekly Q&A advice column
How admissions officers react when parents pretend to be their kids. A school that pays for their accepted students to fly to campus. And how admissions is more intuitive than calculated.
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
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 20: An admissions officer advises on how to best find fit and how two sentences can make or break your essay
What happens when a fight breaks out in the admissions office. What admissions officers prefer not to see. How much time they truly spend reading each application. What types of applicants impress them the most. The most memorable encounter with an applicant.
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 18: Talk highly of yourself, but be humble, says Claremont McKenna College admissions interviewer
Fresh issue: a Claremont McKenna interviewers best and worst interview experiences with applicants, what’s changing in college admissions, the secrets to admissions, and the best advice for selective college hopefuls. Plus, a breakdown of what it means to be in your “element,” how to know you’re in it, and why a 1540 SAT doesn’t warrant a retake.
Positive personalities. Weeding out interviewees. How learning to cook is just as important as your college essay. This week, SocratesPost talks to Claremont McKenna admissions interviewer and healthcare consultant Tony Sidhom about being impressed by positive personalities and having the freedom to weed out bad candidates.
Independent consultant, University of Cambridge professor, and Princeton-educated economist Dr. Maurice Ewing continues sharing his experience as a Princeton admissions interviewer. This week, we talk about recommendation letters and Maurice’s thoughts on the secrets to getting in.
Getting into Princeton. The best Princeton interview ever. Problems with recommendation letters. How Princeton economics grads are recruited by big firms. In this week’s exclusive insider interview, Princeton admissions interviewer Dr. Maurice Ewing talks to SocratesPost about his views on elite college admissions, getting into Princeton, and what’s missing among those he interviews.
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.
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.
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.
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…
We continue our conversation with Amanda, application reader and admissions counselor at Colorado School of Mines, and learn what she thinks are the secrets to college admissions. SocratesPost: Do you believe there are any secrets to the college admissions process? And if so, what are they?
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.
An interviewer in the Seattle area, Jerilyn Teo has met with countless Harvard hopefuls and submitted evaluations of them to the admissions committee… SocratesPost: “What was the worst interview you remember?”
Harvard alumna admissions interviewer Jerilyn April Teo, spoke with SocratesPost about the ins and outs of interviewing for a slot at Harvard University.
This week, Naomi continues the dialogue by telling us about what happens in the worst interviews she conducts with prospective Wesleyan students. Naomi at Wesleyan: “The interviews that suck are often times than not the ones where students answer every question with…”
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…
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…
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...
Exclusive Insider Interview: University Of Michigan, Director Of Admissions Pt. 2 Before starting SocratesPost, I was a private college consultant who helped students reach their college dreams. I created...
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...