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Latest Episodes

Episode 27: Molly Horst, Admissions Counselor at High Point University

Though located in the small North Carolina town, High Point University has recently staked its claim as a nationally recognized leader in higher education. Its curriculum is rooted in the liberal arts, but unlike other traditional liberal arts schools, HPU has an enrollment of about 4000 students. It also boasts a variety of pre-professional programs in business, communication, pharmacy, dentistry, physical and occupational therapy, and engineering. A school that is on the rise, HPU has embarked on an ambitious building campaign to support its growing enrollment. As a medium-sized school with innovative academic programs, HPU could be the school for you.

-1 s2015 NOV 4
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Episode 27: Molly Horst, Admissions Counselor at High Point University

Episode 26: Kevin Mathes, Associate Director of Admissions at Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College is one of the most elite institutions of higher education in America, but it also sets itself apart from its peers through its quarter-based academic calendar. This system allows students to enroll in up to three intensive courses each quarter, and by graduation, students have typically taken more courses than their peers at other institutions. The quarter system also encourages students to study abroad, volunteer, or intern for one or more quarters. It provides an immense level of flexibility. Kevin Mathes, the Associate Director of Admissions at Dartmouth, also encourages parents to let their students be the driver of the admissions process.

-1 s2015 OCT 30
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Episode 26: Kevin Mathes, Associate Director of Admissions at Dartmouth College

Episode 25: Bryan Hudson, Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Southern California

The University of Southern California (USC) is one of the most iconic schools in America. It's football games against archrivals Stanford and Notre Dame are not the only reasons so many students–nearly 50,000 students apply for about 3000 spots–are attracted to this university. Its location in Los Angeles, strong business and engineering programs, and extensive alumni network make this university stand out. Bryan Hudson, the Assistant Director of Admissions, discusses the Trojan Community in way that one might describe his family. The care that the admissions office takes with each applicant file is a true testament to its "holistic" review process.

-1 s2015 OCT 6
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Episode 25: Bryan Hudson, Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Southern California

Episode 24: Zachary Wielgus, Assistant Director of Admissions at Boston College

Nestled in charming Chestnut Hill near America's quintessential college town, Boston College offers its students a stellar academic program within the context of a Jesuit community. Men and women for others, cura personalis, Ad maiorem Dei gloriam...these Jesuit traditions infuse the life of the mind and spirit at BC. The admissions office seeks students who are not just academically motivated, but students who want to be challenged to live for something bigger than just a paycheck. Unlike other admissions offices that seek more and more applications each year, BC has bucked the trend and made its application more purposeful, thus ensuring that its applicants are genuinely interested in what it has to offer.

-1 s2015 SEP 17
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Episode 24: Zachary Wielgus, Assistant Director of Admissions at Boston College

Episode 23: Christopher Teare, Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Drew University

What makes Drew special? According to Christopher Teare, the Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Drew University, it's location and academics bring together the best of both worlds. Just a 45 minute train ride from New York City and all of its internship and professional opportunities, this small liberal arts school in Madison, New Jersey, offers the tight-knit community that students need to excel academically. In addition, Drew is a liberal arts school with strong programs in the sciences and performing arts. Christopher also offers insight into what he calls the "coherence and congruence" of a college application. Finally, his advice to parents to work with the college counselor is not only informed by decades of experience as a college counselor at independent schools but from his perspective as a parent of a graduate, current college student, and eleventh grader.

-1 s2015 SEP 16
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Episode 23: Christopher Teare, Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Drew University

Episode 22: Haley Burrowes, Assistant Director of Admissions at Colby College

One of the nation's most venerable liberal arts colleges attributes its success to the close-knit relationships that it fosters among its students and faculty. Haley Burrowes, the Assistant Director of Admissions at Colby, explains how these relationships are not only foundational to the Colby experience but for life after Colby as well. She discusses the holistic college admissions reading process, and how this process informs their desire to "build a class" of engaged students.

-1 s2015 SEP 15
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Episode 22: Haley Burrowes, Assistant Director of Admissions at Colby College

Episode 21: Virginia Oberle, Admissions Counselor at Elon University

What makes Elon University stand out? To Ginny Oberle, an admissions counselor there, the answer is simple: student engagement. At Elon administrative decisions are made with the students in mind and with the goal of enhancing the student experience. It should come as no surprise that Elon seeks applicants who are actively engaged in their courses, extracurriculars, and athletics. Elon also looks for purposeful applicants who truly want to be on its campus, and for that reason, Elon has developed its own application system.

-1 s2015 SEP 14
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Episode 21: Virginia Oberle, Admissions Counselor at Elon University

Episode 20: Marissa Turchi, Senior Assistant Director of Admission at Bryn Mawr College

Just a short train ride from the center of Philadelphia is one of the nation's most renowned women's colleges– Bryn Mawr College. A sincere focus on the liberal arts and its ardent support of women in STEM fields, Bryn Mawr is a place where women leaders and scholars are nurtured. The admissions process mirrors the academic experience, says Marissa Turchi, Senior Assistant Director of Admission, in that both are individualized. To that end, Bryn Mawr has adopted a "test optional" admissions policy. Added to the stellar academic offerings are some deep-seated traditions–like May Day and class colors–that make the Bryn Mawr experience truly distinctive.

-1 s2015 JUN 30
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Episode 20: Marissa Turchi, Senior Assistant Director of Admission at Bryn Mawr College

Episode 19: Wendy Livingston, Associate Dean of Admission at the College of William & Mary

Think that a small public school doesn't exist? Or, that a liberal arts school can't seamlessly incorporate a business program? Think again. The College of William & Mary bills itself as a true one-of-a-kind college: it's a small public college dedicated to the liberal arts. Yet it still offers a business major, though students do not engage in pre-professional coursework until their junior year! The focus on the liberal arts is at the core of the William & Mary curriculum, and it continues to inform the lives of its graduates well after they earn their degree. For Wendy Livingston, the Associate Dean of Admissions, that was certainly the case.

-1 s2015 JUN 27
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Episode 19: Wendy Livingston, Associate Dean of Admission at the College of William & Mary

Episode 18: Leah Baker, MVS Class of 2015, Matriculant to Bryn Mawr College

I have never met a student who has visited as many colleges as Leah. Beginning even before her freshman year of high school, she was already pounding the pavement and visiting an array of schools. Eventually she decided to attend Bryn Mawr College, one of our nation's premier women's colleges. Though initially hesitant to matriculate to a women's college, she learned to put aside her own stereotypes and keep an open mind. In doing so, she found her future home.

-1 s2015 JUN 22
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Episode 18: Leah Baker, MVS Class of 2015, Matriculant to Bryn Mawr College

Latest Episodes

Episode 27: Molly Horst, Admissions Counselor at High Point University

Though located in the small North Carolina town, High Point University has recently staked its claim as a nationally recognized leader in higher education. Its curriculum is rooted in the liberal arts, but unlike other traditional liberal arts schools, HPU has an enrollment of about 4000 students. It also boasts a variety of pre-professional programs in business, communication, pharmacy, dentistry, physical and occupational therapy, and engineering. A school that is on the rise, HPU has embarked on an ambitious building campaign to support its growing enrollment. As a medium-sized school with innovative academic programs, HPU could be the school for you.

-1 s2015 NOV 4
Comments
Episode 27: Molly Horst, Admissions Counselor at High Point University

Episode 26: Kevin Mathes, Associate Director of Admissions at Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College is one of the most elite institutions of higher education in America, but it also sets itself apart from its peers through its quarter-based academic calendar. This system allows students to enroll in up to three intensive courses each quarter, and by graduation, students have typically taken more courses than their peers at other institutions. The quarter system also encourages students to study abroad, volunteer, or intern for one or more quarters. It provides an immense level of flexibility. Kevin Mathes, the Associate Director of Admissions at Dartmouth, also encourages parents to let their students be the driver of the admissions process.

-1 s2015 OCT 30
Comments
Episode 26: Kevin Mathes, Associate Director of Admissions at Dartmouth College

Episode 25: Bryan Hudson, Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Southern California

The University of Southern California (USC) is one of the most iconic schools in America. It's football games against archrivals Stanford and Notre Dame are not the only reasons so many students–nearly 50,000 students apply for about 3000 spots–are attracted to this university. Its location in Los Angeles, strong business and engineering programs, and extensive alumni network make this university stand out. Bryan Hudson, the Assistant Director of Admissions, discusses the Trojan Community in way that one might describe his family. The care that the admissions office takes with each applicant file is a true testament to its "holistic" review process.

-1 s2015 OCT 6
Comments
Episode 25: Bryan Hudson, Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Southern California

Episode 24: Zachary Wielgus, Assistant Director of Admissions at Boston College

Nestled in charming Chestnut Hill near America's quintessential college town, Boston College offers its students a stellar academic program within the context of a Jesuit community. Men and women for others, cura personalis, Ad maiorem Dei gloriam...these Jesuit traditions infuse the life of the mind and spirit at BC. The admissions office seeks students who are not just academically motivated, but students who want to be challenged to live for something bigger than just a paycheck. Unlike other admissions offices that seek more and more applications each year, BC has bucked the trend and made its application more purposeful, thus ensuring that its applicants are genuinely interested in what it has to offer.

-1 s2015 SEP 17
Comments
Episode 24: Zachary Wielgus, Assistant Director of Admissions at Boston College

Episode 23: Christopher Teare, Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Drew University

What makes Drew special? According to Christopher Teare, the Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Drew University, it's location and academics bring together the best of both worlds. Just a 45 minute train ride from New York City and all of its internship and professional opportunities, this small liberal arts school in Madison, New Jersey, offers the tight-knit community that students need to excel academically. In addition, Drew is a liberal arts school with strong programs in the sciences and performing arts. Christopher also offers insight into what he calls the "coherence and congruence" of a college application. Finally, his advice to parents to work with the college counselor is not only informed by decades of experience as a college counselor at independent schools but from his perspective as a parent of a graduate, current college student, and eleventh grader.

-1 s2015 SEP 16
Comments
Episode 23: Christopher Teare, Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Drew University

Episode 22: Haley Burrowes, Assistant Director of Admissions at Colby College

One of the nation's most venerable liberal arts colleges attributes its success to the close-knit relationships that it fosters among its students and faculty. Haley Burrowes, the Assistant Director of Admissions at Colby, explains how these relationships are not only foundational to the Colby experience but for life after Colby as well. She discusses the holistic college admissions reading process, and how this process informs their desire to "build a class" of engaged students.

-1 s2015 SEP 15
Comments
Episode 22: Haley Burrowes, Assistant Director of Admissions at Colby College

Episode 21: Virginia Oberle, Admissions Counselor at Elon University

What makes Elon University stand out? To Ginny Oberle, an admissions counselor there, the answer is simple: student engagement. At Elon administrative decisions are made with the students in mind and with the goal of enhancing the student experience. It should come as no surprise that Elon seeks applicants who are actively engaged in their courses, extracurriculars, and athletics. Elon also looks for purposeful applicants who truly want to be on its campus, and for that reason, Elon has developed its own application system.

-1 s2015 SEP 14
Comments
Episode 21: Virginia Oberle, Admissions Counselor at Elon University

Episode 20: Marissa Turchi, Senior Assistant Director of Admission at Bryn Mawr College

Just a short train ride from the center of Philadelphia is one of the nation's most renowned women's colleges– Bryn Mawr College. A sincere focus on the liberal arts and its ardent support of women in STEM fields, Bryn Mawr is a place where women leaders and scholars are nurtured. The admissions process mirrors the academic experience, says Marissa Turchi, Senior Assistant Director of Admission, in that both are individualized. To that end, Bryn Mawr has adopted a "test optional" admissions policy. Added to the stellar academic offerings are some deep-seated traditions–like May Day and class colors–that make the Bryn Mawr experience truly distinctive.

-1 s2015 JUN 30
Comments
Episode 20: Marissa Turchi, Senior Assistant Director of Admission at Bryn Mawr College

Episode 19: Wendy Livingston, Associate Dean of Admission at the College of William & Mary

Think that a small public school doesn't exist? Or, that a liberal arts school can't seamlessly incorporate a business program? Think again. The College of William & Mary bills itself as a true one-of-a-kind college: it's a small public college dedicated to the liberal arts. Yet it still offers a business major, though students do not engage in pre-professional coursework until their junior year! The focus on the liberal arts is at the core of the William & Mary curriculum, and it continues to inform the lives of its graduates well after they earn their degree. For Wendy Livingston, the Associate Dean of Admissions, that was certainly the case.

-1 s2015 JUN 27
Comments
Episode 19: Wendy Livingston, Associate Dean of Admission at the College of William & Mary

Episode 18: Leah Baker, MVS Class of 2015, Matriculant to Bryn Mawr College

I have never met a student who has visited as many colleges as Leah. Beginning even before her freshman year of high school, she was already pounding the pavement and visiting an array of schools. Eventually she decided to attend Bryn Mawr College, one of our nation's premier women's colleges. Though initially hesitant to matriculate to a women's college, she learned to put aside her own stereotypes and keep an open mind. In doing so, she found her future home.

-1 s2015 JUN 22
Comments
Episode 18: Leah Baker, MVS Class of 2015, Matriculant to Bryn Mawr College
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