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A whole lot happens between choosing a list of top schools and getting that thick acceptance envelope in the mail. But you don't have to take that journey alone. On each episode of College Admissions Insider, we talk to real college admissions counselors to bring you expert advice for your college search. Learn how to find the right college fit, build a list of finalists, and create an application that gets noticed. This podcast is an initiative of Bucknell University but is designed for students applying to any school.

A whole lot happens between choosing a list of top schools and getting that thick acceptance envelope in the mail. But you don't have to take that journey alone. On each episode of College Admissions Insider, we talk to real college admissions counselors to bring you expert advice for your college search. Learn how to find the right college fit, build a list of finalists, and create an application that gets noticed. This podcast is an initiative of Bucknell University but is designed for students applying to any school.

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A whole lot happens between choosing a list of top schools and getting that thick acceptance envelope in the mail. But you don't have to take that journey alone. On each episode of College Admissions Insider, we talk to real college admissions counselors to bring you expert advice for your college search. Learn how to find the right college fit, build a list of finalists, and create an application that gets noticed. This podcast is an initiative of Bucknell University but is designed for students applying to any school.

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English


Episodes

Episode 27: Last-minute Application Reminders Before You Click “Submit”

10/18/2021
A lot of emotions go through a student's head as their mouse cursor hovers over the "submit" button on a college application. There's excitement. There's hope. And yes, there's probably a fair amount of second-guessing, anxiety and maybe even a dash of all-out panic. To be fair, that's a pretty important click in the life of a college student. But if you have prepared in the right way, it doesn't have to be so terrifying. That's where College Admissions Insider is here to help. In this...

Duration:00:20:11

Episode 26: What Is Demonstrated Interest?

10/4/2021
Imagine this: Every time you visit a college, email a counselor or even click a link in an email from a university on your list, you’re helping your chances of getting admitted. For schools that consider demonstrated interest, those scenarios are often a reality. Some schools keep a record of the actions you take to, as the name implies, demonstrate that you're interested in that school. It’s one way for those colleges to know whether an applicant considers that school one of their top...

Duration:00:19:55

Episode 25: Preparing for Your First Semester

9/20/2021
When applying to college, so much of a high school student's experience is laser-focused on perfecting every step of the college application journey. As a freshman, you build your initial list of schools you want to explore. As a junior, you begin visiting schools and reaching out to admissions offices. And as a senior, you wait with anticipation for good news. But the journey of preparing for college doesn't end with an acceptance packet. There's a whole new set of challenges — and...

Duration:00:21:38

Episode 24: Advice and Support for First-gen College Students and Their Families

9/6/2021
In a household where a parent or family member completed a four-year college degree, a high school student has someone right under their roof who can answer any question that student might have about the college search process. But some students don't have that luxury and might need to find other ways to get the information they need to find, apply to and prepare for college. They're called first-generation college students, or first-gens. In this episode of College Admissions Insider,...

Duration:00:19:01

Episode 23: Location: Urban or rural, in-state or out-of-state?

8/23/2021
Choosing a college home is a bit like choosing an actual home. It should be the perfect size, offer the features you want, and feel safe and comfortable. Just like shopping for a house, searching for a college starts with that one key word: location. So where exactly do you start when considering a school's geographic location when planning your college search? What factors should you absolutely keep in mind and which might you be okay to ignore? In this episode of College Admissions...

Duration:00:27:19

Episode 22: Public or Private: What’s the Difference?

8/9/2021
By some counts, there are about 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. As a prospective student, you can slice and dice that list in a seemingly infinite number of ways. You could sort by state, you could look at urban schools and rural ones, you could filter out schools that you consider too big or too small, you could look at what majors are offered, you could look at whether the school offers Division I, Division II or Division III athletics. The list goes on and on. You could...

Duration:00:23:16

Episode 21: A Deep Dive Into GPA Calculation

7/26/2021
They're the three letters on the mind of pretty much every college-bound high school student: G, P and A. But understanding how colleges and universities will interpret your grade-point average isn't so simple. Some institutions recalculate applicants' GPAs using their own scale. Some only count certain core classes in their calculations, meaning electives don't factor in to the final number. Some universities even look at how an applicant's GPA might have improved over time. GPA...

Duration:00:23:33

Episode 20: Academic Rigor: Which High School Classes Should I Choose?

7/12/2021
By now you know that so many things go into a university’s decision of whether to admit someone. They might look at extracurriculars, essays, letters of recommendation, demonstrated interest, test scores (if you submit them and the school isn't test-optional), and, of course, grades. But higher-ed institutions don't just take a surface-level view of those A's, B's and C's. They look closer to see just how difficult the classes were — something called academic rigor. That can bring up a...

Duration:00:22:51

Episode 19: Planning a College Visit Road Trip

6/28/2021
When exploring colleges, there's only so much you can do online. At some point, you have to see these places for yourself — all five, 10 or 30 schools on your list. Unless a family member has unlimited vacation days (or a teleportation machine), the only way to realistically visit multiple schools in a reasonable amount of time is by planning a college visit road trip. But how do you organize one of these info-gathering trips? How can you keep all these visits straight in your head? And...

Duration:00:24:19

Episode 18: College Housing: What You Need to Know Before Applying

6/14/2021
College is more than a place to learn, meet interesting people and grow. For most students, it's also where you'll live — perhaps for four years of your life. Young people who may be accustomed to living in their own room at home will suddenly be sharing a room (and bathroom) with others. That fact makes finding the right housing fit just as important as finding the right academic fit. So how do you do it? In this episode of College Admissions Insider, we'll swing those doors wide open....

Duration:00:23:39

Episode 17: How to Select a College That Will Support Your Dietary Needs

5/31/2021
If a typical college semester is about 15 weeks long and students eat three meals a day, that means they're eating 315 meals on campus each semester. That's more than 600 meals during each academic year. That makes food a pretty important part of the college experience — and an important part of choosing which college to attend. This is especially true for students who have special food allergies or dietary needs — or even those students who want to make healthy decisions about food. So...

Duration:00:18:50

Episode 16: My Application Story

5/17/2021
The college application process is highly personal — no two journeys are ever the same. Even still, we can learn a lot from those who have traveled that road before by asking what they did right and what they wish they'd done differently. In this episode of College Admissions Insider, we invite listeners to our first college admissions roundtable. It's a chance to hear from current college students about each step of their application process. Listen as three Bucknell students — Emily,...

Duration:00:31:05

Episode 15: The Role of Social Media When Looking at Colleges

5/3/2021
Today's high school students don't just rely on websites and viewbooks. They turn to social media to help them get a complete picture of life at a particular college. At some schools, the reverse happens, too. Some colleges and universities (not Bucknell) actually look at an applicant's social media to give them a fuller picture of the prospective student. In this episode of College Admissions Insider, Becca Haupt, the Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Bucknell University,...

Duration:00:16:18

Episode 14: Beyond Academics - How to Show Who You Really Are on an Application

4/19/2021
These days, your dream school will look at way more than grades. They want the complete package: someone who shows promise both inside and outside the classroom — not some computer who can ace any exam but does little else. So how do you present that complete package to a college? Which out-of-the-classroom parts of your life are worth highlighting? Do some extracurriculars look better on a résumé than others? And what should you do if your after-school time is consumed by a single activity...

Duration:00:23:14

Episode 13: Is a Gap Year Right for You?

4/5/2021
There are dozens of reasons a student might choose to take a gap year, a voluntary yearlong break taken between the end of high school and the start of college. It might be to travel, find a job or internship, or complete volunteer or service work. In recent years, we've seen that about 3% to 5% of students take a gap year after high school. At Bucknell, that number is about 1% of each incoming class. But what are the pros and cons of taking that year away? How do you apply for a gap year...

Duration:00:20:12

Episode 12: A Guide to Early Decision and Early Action

3/22/2021
Waiting is the most agonizing part of the college admissions process. You send off your materials and then keep clicking that refresh button until the decision arrives (or your phone dies). But for a select group of applicants, that waiting period is significantly reduced. These are the students who applied Early Decision or Early Action to their top-choice school or schools. These students could get a decision as early as December instead of the following March or April — a huge relief,...

Duration:00:22:24

Episode 11: What International Students Need to Know About Applying to College in the U.S.

3/8/2021
Top-tier American universities like Bucknell (which welcomed its first international student in 1858) have been attracting talented international students for generations. But even as more international students choose to attend college in the United States, the process for exploring, applying to, and attending American universities has not gotten any easier. This episode of College Admissions Insider is all about the unique — and sometimes complicated — journey that international students...

Duration:00:25:34

Episode 10: A Guide to Transferring Colleges

2/22/2021
Most of the material you'll find about applying to college covers all the steps leading up to applying — and then it stops. But what happens if you end up at a school that's not the right fit? Or what if you attend a two-year school and want to transfer to a four-year university? That's where transferring comes in. How is the process of applying to transfer different from the first-year application journey? What are schools looking for in prospective transfer students? And what are some...

Duration:00:37:03

Episode 9: What Is a Liberal Arts Education?

2/8/2021
As you explore colleges, you’ll see these two words everywhere: “liberal arts.” But what does that phrase mean? What kinds of students might benefit most from a liberal arts education? And how might the day-to-day experience at a liberal arts school differ from life at a different kind of school? In this episode of College Admissions Insider, brought to you by Bucknell University, Brooke Thames and Bryan Wendell take a closer look at the benefits of a liberal arts education. Our guest is...

Duration:00:24:40

Episode 8: What 9th and 10th Graders Can Do Now to Prepare to Apply

1/25/2021
After 8th grade, the warmup rounds are over, and suddenly everything starts to count. By 9th and 10th grade, every class, activity, and test has the potential to help students get into the college of their dreams. It’s no wonder that’s the same time parents, teachers and counselors start expecting students to think about their college plans. In this episode of College Admissions Insider, brought to you by Bucknell University, Brooke Thames and Bryan Wendell take a closer look at those...

Duration:00:28:03