Issue 53: How AU admissions hierarchy works, plus what differentiates a top-performing admissions officer from the rest
“Students can be a little flawed.” We continue our interview with Jesse, who previously worked as an admissions director at Johns Hopkins and Rice. This week, we talk about disagreements between admissions officers, what separates top performing admissions officers from the rest, overly-edited essays, and Jesse’s secret to getting into college.
“We don’t want to read an essay from an essay coach,” says Jesse Tomczak, an admissions director at American U. Before AU, he was the admissions director at Johns Hopkins and Rice. Also in our convo with Jesse: drastic changes in admissions, the biggest surprise of his career, the truth behind how colleges determine fit, and the applicants that stood out to him.
“Stop being a jerk and write the application.” What a Tufts admissions interviewer’s mom told him before he applied. Cole continues sharing his insider insights, including why he got into Tufts, what mistakes he saw applicants make, how Tufts views college consultants, what action applicants should take to improve their chances, and why missing a college fair might not be that big of a deal.
“A parent accused me of trying to kill her…Tufts admissions is its own little world.” Cole Van Glahn, a Tufts alum who worked in the Tufts admissions office, tells SocratesPost why he chose Tufts, what was special about Tufts admissions, the best and worst encounters with students, and what sorts of applicants stood out most. Bonus: He’s a theater director and board game designer by day.
Issue 49: Why this Babson admissions fellow’s essay worked, plus new updates on fact-checking college apps
“Sometimes students write ‘I enjoyed my visit at Boston College,’ when they visited Babson. Do you really think that you’re going to persuade us?” admissions fellow and full scholarship student Dario Guerrero Jr. tells us his best piece of advice on getting into Babson and why he thinks his essay got him in.