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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 7: The Role of Parents When Applying to College

1/11/2021
Behind many successful college students is a passionate parent who helped coach and guide them throughout the application process. They're there every step of the way as a coach, cheerleader, personal chauffeur and so much more. But now that it's time for their student to apply to college, these parents might not know what role to play. They don't want to overstep and become that aggressive snowplow parent or lawnmower parent all those parenting articles warn against. But they also don't...

Duration:00:34:35

Episode 6: Applying Test Optional

12/28/2020
Standardized tests are one way that colleges can learn more about an applicant — but they're no longer the make-or-break moments they once were. That's why some schools, including Bucknell, decided to make SAT and ACT scores optional when applying. It's called a "test-optional" admissions policy, and it shifts the power away from the companies that make these standardized tests and back to where it belongs: in the hands of students themselves. In this episode of College Admissions Insider,...

Duration:00:27:07

Episode 5: Writing a Killer College Application Essay

12/14/2020
At schools like Bucknell that receive thousands of applications every year, there’s a good chance some applicants will have similar grades, academic rigor, and extracurricular involvement. But there's a place where applicants can stand out — something guaranteed to be found in their application and no other. We're talking about the college essay — an applicant's best opportunity to show colleges who they are. Writing a great college application essay doesn't have to be an intimidating...

Duration:00:30:39

Episode 4: Inside the Mind of an Application Reader

11/30/2020
Students pore over every detail of the application, craft the perfect essay, and manage to score some top-notch recommendations. But then: silence. No feedback until that envelope or email arrives with the decision. Even that feedback is limited to just three varieties: Yes, you're in. No, you didn't get in. Or hang on, you've been put on the waitlist. The student doesn't know where they went right or what thinking went into the decision to admit them. In this episode of College Admissions...

Duration:00:23:37

Episode 3: Applying Undecided

11/16/2020
We know that not everybody has a major identified when apply season arrives. In fact, the most popular major for students applying to Bucknell is "undecided." Bucknell and other highly selective schools know that "undecided" doesn't mean "indecisive." It can actually show your willingness to explore and take advantage of the wide range of opportunities that await you. But does applying undecided hurt your chances of getting into schools like Bucknell? What does an application reader think...

Duration:00:22:05

Episode 2: When to Apply to College

11/2/2020
It's officially apply season — aka deadline season. But with all these important dates approaching fast, how can students keep everything straight and budget their time effectively? In this episode of College Admissions Insider, brought to you by Bucknell University, Brooke Thames and Bryan Wendell welcome Candace Leake, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Bucknell, to discuss how to manage your time when applying for college. When should students start this process? At what point...

Duration:00:30:55

Episode 1: Choosing a College Without Visiting

10/11/2020
In this episode of College Admissions Insider, brought to you by Bucknell University, Brooke Thames and Bryan Wendell welcome Becca Haupt, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Bucknell, to discuss how a student can choose a college without ever visiting campus. Because of COVID-19, many schools have canceled or significantly reduced their visit opportunities. That’s tough on high school students looking to build their list of college finalists or start sending off applications. But it...

Duration:00:24:29