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Inside the Admissions Office: Advice from Former Admissions Officers

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Need help navigating the college admissions process? We’re here to help! Every other Monday we’ll bring you exclusive interviews with Former Admissions Officers, graduates from top universities, and admissions experts. Each episode will be filled with application tips and first-hand experiences that will help you get into your dream school. Brought to you by InGenius Prep, the world’s largest team of Former Admissions Officers. Questions or comments? Email us at contact@ingeniusprep.com InGeniusPrep.com

Need help navigating the college admissions process? We’re here to help! Every other Monday we’ll bring you exclusive interviews with Former Admissions Officers, graduates from top universities, and admissions experts. Each episode will be filled with application tips and first-hand experiences that will help you get into your dream school. Brought to you by InGenius Prep, the world’s largest team of Former Admissions Officers. Questions or comments? Email us at contact@ingeniusprep.com InGeniusPrep.com

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Need help navigating the college admissions process? We’re here to help! Every other Monday we’ll bring you exclusive interviews with Former Admissions Officers, graduates from top universities, and admissions experts. Each episode will be filled with application tips and first-hand experiences that will help you get into your dream school. Brought to you by InGenius Prep, the world’s largest team of Former Admissions Officers. Questions or comments? Email us at contact@ingeniusprep.com InGeniusPrep.com

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English


Episodes

What an NYU Admissions Officer Wants from Applicants | New York University

8/8/2022
On today’s episode, we chat with Lydia Mason, a Former Admissions Reader at and graduate of NYU. Lydia and I discuss the type of students NYU looks for and how applicants can set themselves apart. Lydia reveals the many mistakes and misconceptions admissions officers encounter during the application process. Check out our blog for more free resources: How to Get Into NYU How to Succeed with the NYU Supplemental Essay Click here to sign up for a free consultation with an admissions...

Duration:00:35:15

Creative Writing for College Applications

7/25/2022
On today’s episode, we chat with Padya Paramita, a Columba MFA candidate and InGenius Prep Graduate Coach. Padya and I discuss how students can utilize the principles of creative writing in their college applications. Padya shares examples of students she worked with, highlighting how they used creative writing to stand out from other applicants. Check out our blog for more free resources: Tips for Writing the Why School Supplemental Essay: Demonstrating Your Fit Former Admissions...

Duration:00:23:44

2021-2022 College Application Cycle Debrief: Admissions Trends and Analysis

7/11/2022
On today’s episode, we chat with Erin Gu, InGenius Prep’s Chief Education Officer. Erin and I discuss the admissions trends we’ve identified from the 2021-22 application cycle and how we think these trends will affect future applicants. Erin and I explore the role of test-optional policies, the increasing importance of the early decision round, the most competitive majors, and more! Check out our blog for more free resources: College Admissions 101: How to Start the Application...

Duration:00:26:40

What a Johns Hopkins Admissions Officer Wants from Applicants | Johns Hopkins University

6/27/2022
On today’s episode, we chat with Zak Harris, a Former Admissions Officer at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, Bowdoin College, and Regis College. Zak and I discuss admissions at Johns Hopkins, breaking down each component of the application. Zak reveals admissions strategies for students who hope to attend Hopkins. Check out our blog for more free resources: College Admissions 101: How to Start the Application Process Approaching the Johns Hopkins Supplemental Essay...

Duration:00:50:13

What a United States Naval Academy Admissions Officer Wants from Applicants

6/6/2022
On today’s episode, we chat with Pat Williams, the former Director of Admissions at the United States Naval Academy and a current InGenius Prep counselor. Pat and I discuss the paths students can take to these service academies. Pat reveals how students can maximize their admissions odds at these prestigious schools. Check out our blog for more free resources: College Admissions 101: How to Start the Application Process Click here to sign up for a free consultation with an admissions...

Duration:00:43:09

How Students Can Utilize Arts and Performing Experience and Extracurriculars in College Admissions

5/23/2022
On today’s episode, we chat with Karen Kerr, a Former Admissions Officer from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Karen and I discuss how students can incorporate arts extracurriculars into their college application strategy. Karen highlights ways for these students to utilize these experiences to stand out in the admissions process. Check out our blog for more free resources: College Admissions 101: How to Start the Application Process Click here to sign up...

Duration:00:34:59

What a Dartmouth College Admissions Officer Wants from Applicants

5/9/2022
On today’s episode, we chat with Heather McCutchen, a Former Admissions Reader at Dartmouth and a current InGenius Prep counselor. Heather and I discuss what makes Dartmouth special and what kind of applicants the college looks for. Heather reviews each aspect of the application from letters of recommendation to the alumni interview. Check out our blog for more free resources: How to Approach the Dartmouth College Supplemental Essays 2021-2022 A Comprehensive Guide to Liberal Arts...

Duration:00:51:11

How Students at Highly Competitive High Schools Can Stand Out in College Admissions

4/25/2022
On today’s episode, we chat with Padya Paramita, an InGenius Prep Graduate Coach and Columbia MFA candidate. Padya and I discuss the experiences of students who attend highly competitive high schools, and what admissions officers expect from these students. Padya details strategies students can use to stand out from their peers in the college admissions process. Check out our blog for more free resources: College Admissions 101: How to Start the Application Process 7 Ways to Stand Out as...

Duration:00:25:23

Applying to U.S. Universities as an International Student: the Admissions Process and the Student and Postgraduate Experience

4/11/2022
On today’s episode, we chat with Victoria (Vicky) Rosenthal Madrid, InGenius Prep’s Assistant Director of Marketing and a former international student at Boston University and Florida International University and Miami Ad School. Vicky and I discuss what international students can expect when they apply to schools in the U.S. Vicky highlights key aspects of the student experience as well as postgraduate outcomes for international students. Check out our blog for more free...

Duration:00:40:14

What a Columbia Admissions Officer Really Looks For | Columbia University

3/28/2022
On today’s episode, we chat with Jennifer Duran, a Former Admissions Officer from Columbia University and InGenius Prep counselor. Jennifer and I discuss what types of students Columbia looks for and what sets it apart from the other Ivy League schools. Jennifer highlights what attributes students should showcase in their applications as well as how to tackle the supplemental essays. Check out our blog for more free resources: A Guide to the Columbia Supplemental Essays 2021-2022 Former...

Duration:00:53:21

What a University of Michigan Admissions Officer Really Wants from Applicants

3/14/2022
On today’s episode, we chat with Gail Rubin Dauer, a Former Application Review Specialist, at the University of Michigan Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Gail and I discuss what type of students the University of Michigan looks for and how applicants can stand out. Gail highlights what makes UMich special and how students should approach its supplemental essays. Check out our blog for more free resources: How to Write the University of Michigan Supplemental Essays 2021-2022 The...

Duration:00:35:35

Future of College Admissions: 2021 National Association for College Admission Counseling Conference

2/28/2022
On today’s episode, we chat with Heather McCutchen, a former Admissions Reader at Dartmouth, and Mary Chobanian, a former Admissions Reader at Harvard and Barnard. Heather and Mary share the insights they gained from the 2021 National Association for College Admissions Counseling conference. They discuss everything from test-optional policies to AI in admissions. Check out our blog for more free resources: 2022 Test Optional Colleges: Changes in Light of COVID-19 Register for one of our...

Duration:00:41:03

What a Duke University Merit Scholarships Director Really Wants from Applicants

2/7/2022
On today’s episode, we chat with Melissa Rains, a former Director of Merit Scholarships at Duke University and an InGenius Prep counselor. Melissa breaks down what goes on behind the scenes in the Duke admissions and merit scholarship offices. She also provides students with tangible advice to increase their likelihood of receiving a merit scholarship at Duke and other elite universities. Check out our blog for more free resources: Analyzing the Duke Supplemental Essays 2021-2022 College...

Duration:00:21:31

The ABCs of College Financial Aid: Scholarships, Loans, and More

1/24/2022
On today’s episode, we chat with the team behind SMARTTRACK College Funding, National Program Director Cyndi Menegaz and Co-Founder & CFO Scott Greenameyer. Scott and Cyndi break down the different types of college funding and how families can maximize the aid they receive. They provide common misconceptions and mistakes to set families up for success on their college financial aid journey. Check out our blog for more free resources: How to Increase Your Chances of Maximizing Financial Aid...

Duration:00:32:20

What to Do If You’re Deferred or Rejected from Your Early Decision or Early Action School

12/13/2021
On today’s episode, we chat again with Padya Paramita, an InGenius Prep Graduate Coach and Columbia student. Padya and I discuss why students might be deferred or rejected from their early decision or early action college. Padya explains the next steps students can take, including writing a letter of continued interest if they’re deferred and applying ED II if they’re rejected. Check out our blog for more free resources: Letter of Continued Interest for Deferrals Should You Apply to an...

Duration:00:17:05

What a Yale Admissions Officer Really Wants from Applicants | Yale University

11/22/2021
On today’s episode, we chat with Nick Strohl, a former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale University and an InGenius Prep counselor. Nick and I discuss what makes Yale unique compared to other Ivy League and elite colleges, and what really goes on behind the scenes in the admissions office. Nick breaks down the Yale application, including the dreaded supplemental essays, and offers applicants his best advice. Check out our blog for more free resources: How to Approach the Yale...

Duration:00:30:27

The Ultimate Guide to MBA Admissions and the MBA Experience

11/8/2021
On today’s episode, we chat with Daniel Valenti, InGenius Prep’s Managing Director and a graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Daniel and I discuss the MBA admissions process, and what applicants really need to do to succeed. Daniel breaks down the MBA experience, from classes to recruiting and everything in between. Check out our blog for more free resources: Everything You Need to Know About Business School Essays Building Your List of Business Schools Who...

Duration:00:36:51

What a UChicago Admissions Officer Really Wants | University of Chicago

10/18/2021
On today’s episode, we chat with Natalia Ostrowski, a former Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Chicago and a current InGenius Prep counselor. Natalia and I discuss what goes on behind the scenes in the UChicago admissions office, and what admissions officers really think about applicants. Natalia shares how students can gain that coveted UChicago acceptance as well as what makes it such a special and exclusive school. Check out our blog for more free resources: A Guide...

Duration:00:34:03

Applying to the UCs: A Comprehensive Guide

10/4/2021
On today’s episode, we chat with Christina Llerena, a Former Admissions Reader at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. Christina and I discuss the University of California system and its 10 campuses across the Golden State. Christina reveals what goes on behind the scenes in a UC admissions office and how students can snag a spot at a top school like Berkeley. Check out our blog for more free resources: How to Answer the UC Personal Insight Questions How to Get into UC Berkeley Which...

Duration:00:26:18

Complete Guide to BS/MD College Admissions and Applications

9/6/2021
On today’s episode, we chat with Stacy Wells Shea, the former Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Rochester. Stacy and I discuss BS/MD programs and how students can gain admission to these elite cohorts. Stacy reveals the pros and cons of these programs and what admissions officers really want from potential BD/MD students. Check out our blog for more free resources: A Guide to Combined BS/MD Programs The Best Colleges for Pre-Med Students Click here to...

Duration:00:32:37