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Issue 48: Babson admissions fellow and full scholarship student’s shocking story, plus a letter from a reader about SATs

Issue 48: Babson admissions fellow and full scholarship student’s shocking story, plus a letter from a reader about SATs

“My principal ended up calling me on my cell phone. No actually, called my house and was like, “Is Dario home?” to my mom. She got nervous because she felt bad that I missed school and thought I was in trouble.” Dario Guerrero, Jr., Babson College admissions fellow and full scholarship student, tells SocratesPost the filmworthy story of how he got in, the best types of students he recruits, and how he wants to be better.

Issue 46: Insider look into Florida Southern admissions, plus why college has gotten easier

Issue 46: Insider look into Florida Southern admissions, plus why college has gotten easier

“Some schools do foreign credential evaluations with third party offices, but I do foreign credential evaluations in-house for high school students. I get to figure out what is equivalent to a US high school diploma in this country or that country.” Karla Reigosa, senior admissions counselor, tells SocratesPost the ins and outs of getting into this top Florida university, including top advice for international applicants.

Issue 43: Truths About Northwestern That Even An Alum Didn’t Know, Plus An Admission Director’s Answers To Your Questions

Issue 43: Truths About Northwestern That Even An Alum Didn’t Know, Plus An Admission Director’s Answers To Your Questions

In this week’s exclusive interview with a Northwestern admissions director, we chat about how he made quick and sound admissions decisions, the amount of time he spent on each application, the kinds of applicants made him do a double-take, the SAT diversity score, the effect of admissions interview reports, the truth about the admissions quota from specific schools, regions, or countries.

Issue 42: Our featured interview with a Northwestern admissions director and how NU managed its acceptance rate drop from 14% to 8% in 3 years

Issue 42: Our featured interview with a Northwestern admissions director and how NU managed its acceptance rate drop from 14% to 8% in 3 years

In part one of this interview, Northwestern admissions director Justin Clarke and I discuss his biggest wakeup call as an admissions director, how the dropping acceptance rate changed how admissions worked, how he teaches his staff to determine “fit,” what types of students don’t do well at Northwestern, and his personal experience at Northwestern.

Issue 41: One of the only times your personal statement doesn’t matter as much

Issue 41: One of the only times your personal statement doesn’t matter as much

Everyone talks about college, but what if you just want to be an artist and entrepreneur? Do you even need to go to college? This week, I talked to former UC Irvine admissions ambassador and professional dancer and fitness instructor, Shira Jackman, who shared insights on her journey from a top California public school to her Broadway career in NYC.

Issue 40: How this senior decided between McGill and USC, plus the inner workings of calculating class rigor among high schools

Issue 40: How this senior decided between McGill and USC, plus the inner workings of calculating class rigor among high schools

When Krishna, one of SocratesPost’s first readers, emailed me saying he had gotten into USC and decided to go, I knew I had to learn his story. During our interview, he shared his writing process, biggest difficulties, most helpful resources, and best advice for other applicants. He’s honest, humble, and grateful: his journey can give any USC-hopeful a sharp perspective on what it takes

Issue 39: How one of us got into USC, plus the true worthiness of selling yourself for a stellar resume

Issue 39: How one of us got into USC, plus the true worthiness of selling yourself for a stellar resume

A super special exclusive: an interview with one of us! SocratesPost reader and senior at the International School of Lusaka in Zambia dishes on how he beat the college admissions mania this year to get into USC for mechanical engineering! In this never-before-published interview, Krishna divulges the college essay he wish he didn’t write, his most effective online resources for DIY college admissions, and how he upped his SAT score from 1210 to 1460. Aspiring engineers and international students will want to read this →

Issue 37: Duke admissions interviewer’s best and worst interviews, plus if 3 reasons to consider taking SAT subject tests

Issue 37: Duke admissions interviewer’s best and worst interviews, plus if 3 reasons to consider taking SAT subject tests

Rare insights from this Duke admissions interviewer. Ruturaj Kulkarni, a graduate of Duke’s business school, Fuqua, shares his admissions experience with SocratesPost. Read to learn how his interview questions diverge from the “standard” questions, what surprised him most about interviewing students, his best and worst encounters with applicants, what types of students impress him the most, and his take on campus culture. Any Duke hopefuls will want to read this one →

Issue 34: A Stanford insider’s inspiring story, plus an original report on this year’s waitlisted students

Issue 34: A Stanford insider’s inspiring story, plus an original report on this year’s waitlisted students

Stanford’s been on my mind lately. I recently read an op-ed in the Stanford Daily about recruiting prospective students, then learned that a family paid $6.5 million to get their daughter in. So I found and interviewed David, a Stanford freshman chemical engineering full scholarship student, who went from not speaking any English at age 9 and failing all his classes to getting admitted to Stanford on a full scholarship. He taught me how the “real” Stanford differs from what the media portrays, what it’s like to have friends who cry all the time at Stanford, why being “mega real” is crucial, and how his family feels about his admittance. His story blew me away and I think you’ll love it.

Issue 33: Pomona’s admission committee, plus our 4 picks for unique undergrad biz programs

Issue 33: Pomona’s admission committee, plus our 4 picks for unique undergrad biz programs

Admissions veteran Grant Cushman divulges to SocratesPost how race and money truly factor into getting into college. How do admissions officers know every applicant’s high school? Should students and parents be reaching out to their regional admissions reps to build a relationship? What exactly does an admissions committee look like? Continue reading the final installment of our exclusive insider interview with Grant.

Issue 30: Our convo w/ Cornell, plus a school where low test scores are OK

Issue 30: Our convo w/ Cornell, plus a school where low test scores are OK

This admissions insider is impressed by students with low test scores. Keep reading to learn her secrets behind the application rating system, and what she knew applicants knew about the app process. This week, SocratesPost scored an exclusive insider interview with private liberal arts college Concordia University’s senior admissions counselor, Linda Hernandez.

Issue 29: Apply to this college transcript-free, plus three approaches to extracurriculars if you live in a small town

Issue 29: Apply to this college transcript-free, plus three approaches to extracurriculars if you live in a small town

Rutgers admissions officer talks to SocratesPost about how they read student applications, what essays stand out the most, and how their office handles disagreements on who gets in. We were surprised to learn that you can apply as early as freshman year of high school because transcripts are not required. Continue to read more surprises from Kia, an admissions officer at one of the top U.S. public universities →

Issue 28: Inside Rutgers Admissions & 4 Things Admissions Officers Look for In Your Extracurriculars

Issue 28: Inside Rutgers Admissions & 4 Things Admissions Officers Look for In Your Extracurriculars

Do Rutgers admissions officers look at your social media? And more from Rutgers admissions insiders on gap years in high school, social media profiles, high school courses with an “expiration date,” and what takes longest in the application review process. SocratesPost’s exclusive interview covers the first half of Kia’s insider insights, straight from behind the admissions gates of top public university, Rutgers.

Issue 27: Backdoors to Columbia admissions, plus when to start studying for the ACT/SAT

Issue 27: Backdoors to Columbia admissions, plus when to start studying for the ACT/SAT

Reaching out to admissions officers if you’re having a hard time in high school. How financial aid affects an applicant’s admission chances. How interviews really play into the admission decision. Changes in the admissions field. The biggest misunderstanding about getting into Columbia. The backdoor to getting into Columbia. SocratesPost wraps up our conversation with Columbia College Chicago admissions officer, Margaret Jones, with her best piece of advice.

Issue 26: Columbia College admissions, plus EC strategies on the Common App

Issue 26: Columbia College admissions, plus EC strategies on the Common App

What college essays should entail, how to deal with hovering parents, typing out college essays on your cell phones, and the three red flags a candidate won’t succeed at Columbia. SocratesPost interviews admissions officer Margaret Jones of Columbia College this week for her exclusive insights on what’s behind the admission door.

Issue 25: Answers from Stanford, Boston College, and WUSTL admissions, plus how to explain gaps in high school transcripts

Issue 25: Answers from Stanford, Boston College, and WUSTL admissions, plus how to explain gaps in high school transcripts

What to do with gaps in high school transcripts, the separate standards international students have to adhere to, the biggest surprises Soka applicants have about admissions, and Aaron’s take on the “secret back door” to getting into college. Plus, this selective liberal arts college admissions officer’s very best piece of advice for our subscribers. The latest exclusive insider interview is the final installment of our 4-part in-depth interview series with Soka University admissions officer Aaron Perry.

Issue 24: Should you name drop on your college app? An admissions officer weighs in

Issue 24: Should you name drop on your college app? An admissions officer weighs in

The biggest problem with teacher recommendations and how that influences admissions decisions. Name-dropping university staff in admissions essays. How thorough school research can trump a lower GPA. How leaves of absences during high school affect a student’s chances of getting in. Soka University admissions officer gives SocratesPost rare insights on the biggest questions we have. This week, we continue our in-depth conversation with Aaron. Plus, based on the suggestion of a reader, here’s a city profile on Aliso Viejo, California — home of Soka University.

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…