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Let a college admission expert (Mark) and a mom who's been through the process (Anika) guide you through the college admission process. Learn key strategies and hear true stories on topics ranging from building the right college list, getting admitted to the colleges on your list; how to pay for college, and even choosing the right career. Each week, in order, we will discuss a hot college admissions article; we will shares insights from the college admission book, "171 Answers: To The Most-Asked College Admission Questions", we will dedicate a segment to questions from our audience and Mark will interview a "thought leader" in the world of college admissions. We will also share the best free resources every week to help you with college admission and college life. Our most recent episodes also focus on a great college/university that we shine the spotlight on. The "Your College-Bound Kid" podcast combines in depth knowledge and insights about college admissions and college life with a lighthearted, and at times, entertaining style that makes Mark and Anika easy to listen to. A new episode goes live every single Thursday morning.

Let a college admission expert (Mark) and a mom who's been through the process (Anika) guide you through the college admission process. Learn key strategies and hear true stories on topics ranging from building the right college list, getting admitted to the colleges on your list; how to pay for college, and even choosing the right career. Each week, in order, we will discuss a hot college admissions article; we will shares insights from the college admission book, "171 Answers: To The Most-Asked College Admission Questions", we will dedicate a segment to questions from our audience and Mark will interview a "thought leader" in the world of college admissions. We will also share the best free resources every week to help you with college admission and college life. Our most recent episodes also focus on a great college/university that we shine the spotlight on. The "Your College-Bound Kid" podcast combines in depth knowledge and insights about college admissions and college life with a lighthearted, and at times, entertaining style that makes Mark and Anika easy to listen to. A new episode goes live every single Thursday morning.

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United States

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Let a college admission expert (Mark) and a mom who's been through the process (Anika) guide you through the college admission process. Learn key strategies and hear true stories on topics ranging from building the right college list, getting admitted to the colleges on your list; how to pay for college, and even choosing the right career. Each week, in order, we will discuss a hot college admissions article; we will shares insights from the college admission book, "171 Answers: To The Most-Asked College Admission Questions", we will dedicate a segment to questions from our audience and Mark will interview a "thought leader" in the world of college admissions. We will also share the best free resources every week to help you with college admission and college life. Our most recent episodes also focus on a great college/university that we shine the spotlight on. The "Your College-Bound Kid" podcast combines in depth knowledge and insights about college admissions and college life with a lighthearted, and at times, entertaining style that makes Mark and Anika easy to listen to. A new episode goes live every single Thursday morning.

Language:

English


Episodes

YCBK 156: Common App Will No Longer Ask About Discipline Records

1/20/2021
In this episode you will hear: (09:10) In this week’s news segment, an article from Forbes “Common App Will No Longer Ask About Discipline Records, by Elana Lyn Gross. The Common App is eliminating a question that asks college applicants to disclose if they have been subject to disciplinary action in high school after finding the answer disproportionately impacts low-income students and students of color. Mark and Dave discuss the history of this question and they debate whether this...

Duration:01:35:10

YCBK 155: Did Students in College Housing Learn Better?

1/13/2021
In this episode you will hear: (07:43) In this week’s news segment, an article from Inside Higher Ed “Did Students In College Housing Learn Better?”, by Greta Anderson. A new survey from American Campus Communities, one of the largest student housing developers and providers in the United States, found positive academic and social outcomes for students living on or near campus in college housing this fall and determined that students also closely followed coronavirus safety guidelines....

Duration:01:45:37

YCBK 154: COVID is leading to less students applying to college In 2021

1/6/2021
In this episode you will hear: (05:35) In this week’s news segment, an article from cnbc.com “COVID is making it harder to get into a top college”, by Jessica Dickler. The nation’s top schools saw a record number of early applications for fewer spots; while the rest of the country’s colleges are facing a decrease in enrollment. Mark and Dave focus on the decreased applications most schools are experiencing in their discussion. (23:13) We’re in chapter 154 of 171 Answers and we’re discussing...

Duration:01:35:11

YCBK 153: Supreme Court Will Hear NCAA Case on College Athlete Pay

12/30/2020
In this episode you will hear: (08:08) In this week’s news segment, an article from Politico.com “Supreme Court Will Hear NCAA Case on College Athlete Pay”, by Leah Nylen and Juan Perez, Jr. The Supreme Court will hear a landmark antitrust case against the NCAA that could upend the business model for college sports by allowing colleges to compensate student athletes. (27:08) We’re in chapter 153 of 171 Answers and we’re discussing the role of the college financial aid certified planner. We...

Duration:01:37:52

YCBK 152: Applications Tank in the only State That Requires the SAT or ACT

12/23/2020
In this episode you will hear: (08:24) In this week’s news segment, an article from Inside Higher Ed “Applications Tank in State That Require SAT or ACT”, by Scott Jaschik. Florida public schools have resisted the calls to go test optional and now many Florida schools are seeing a major decline in applications. (21:35) We’re in chapter 152 of 171 Answers and we’re discussing whether transfer students get as much financial aid as freshman applicants. (33:58) This week’s question is from...

Duration:01:34:28

YCBK 151: The New M.B.A.

12/16/2020
In this episode you will hear: (14:12) In this week’s news segment, an article from The Wall Street Journal “The New M.B.A.: Flexible, Cheaper and Lifelong”, by Patrick Thomas Harvard’s and Columbia’s business schools are starting to add certificates and ‘lifelong learning’ to their programs, a shift that could transform business education in the years ahead. (28:03) We’re in chapter 151 of 171 Answers and we’re talking through the pros and cons of using a Roth IRA as a source to pay for...

Duration:01:35:55

YCBK 150: How Much Will Biden Be Able to Do?

12/9/2020
In this episode you will hear: (09:05) In this week’s news segment, an article from Inside Higher Ed “How much will Biden be able to do?”, by Kery Murakami. Joe Biden will head to the White House with an ambitious agenda for higher education – that includes wanting to make college free for many students. But how much will the president-elect will be able to get through Congress? A lot will be riding on two runoff elections headed to voters in Georgia on Jan. 5 to decide who will fill the...

Duration:01:41:42

YCBK 149: Colleges Woo Students with Bargain Tuition Rates

12/2/2020
In this episode you will hear: (08:58) In this week’s news segment, an article from Forbes “Colleges Woo Students with Bargain Tuition Rates”, by Emma Whitford. Out of fear of drastic enrollment drops because of the pandemic, colleges are taking measures to entice students to apply and enroll. From freezing tuition hikes to tuition waivers for qualifying students, schools are doing what they can to address the revenue losses they hope to taper over the next few years. (23:09) We’re in...

Duration:01:31:58

YCBK 148: The Big College Expense: Mandatory Health Insurance

11/25/2020
In this episode you will hear: (13:12) In this week’s news segment, an article from Forbes “The big college expense you probably didn’t know about and save for: mandatory health insurance”, by Bruce Brumberg. Colleges mandate students to not only have health insurance, but also that their plan has to meet the school’s coverage requirements. Colleges offer plans that can cost thousands for just one academic year and unfortunately are not doing well at informing families in advance of this...

Duration:01:39:51

YCBK 147: Study: Women who Study with Women Persist

11/18/2020
In this episode you will hear: (06:12) In this week’s news segment, an article from the Hechinger Report “When women studied with women, they persisted, study finds”, by Jill Barshay. A Swiss experiment involving more than 600 college students and 150 study groups found that the gender composition of the group impacted how well women performed. (22:45) We’re in chapter 147 of 171 Answers and we’re discussing college payment plans. What are they? How do they work and how do they help? (33:52)...

Duration:01:37:48

YCBK 146: Another Problem with Shifting Education Online: Cheating

11/11/2020
In this episode you will hear: (06:20) In this week’s news segment, an article from the Hechinger Report “Another Problem with Shifting Education Online: Cheating”, by Derek Newton. When universities went online in response to COVID-19, so did the tests their students took. A person logged in at a well-known mid-Atlantic university to take their chemistry exam, except it turned out not to be the student at all. (21:53) We’re in chapter 146 of 171 Answers and we’re discussing the importance...

Duration:01:29:10

YCBK 145: Enrollment & Financial Crises Threaten Growing List of Academic Disciplines

11/4/2020
In this episode you will hear: (06:07) In this week’s news segment, an article from the Hechinger Report “Enrollment and Financial Crises Threaten Growing List of Academic Disciplines”. Small enrollments threaten the elimination of academic programs – deepening the impact of budget cuts due to the coronavirus. (20:28) We’re in chapter 145 of 171 Answers and we’re talking through how to understand and compare financial aid awards. Mark shares some of the most common problems with aid awards....

Duration:01:00:16

YCBK 144: American College Students Look North to Canada – and Savings

10/28/2020
In this episode you will hear: (03:39) In this week’s news segment, an article from The Schools “American College Students Look North to Canada – and Savings”. American students shopping for colleges look to Canada for relief from heavy tuition costs along with the relief from ugly American politics. (22:38) We’re in chapter 144 of 171 Answers and we’re explaining what it means when a college says that they meet full demonstrated need. (42:40) This week’s bonus content is on why colleges use...

Duration:01:39:47

YCBK 143: Top College Should Grow, Not Crow About Rejecting Nearly Everyone

10/21/2020
In this episode you will hear: (07:10) In this week’s news segment, an article from The Washington Post “Top colleges should grow, rather than crow about rejecting nearly everyone” by Jay Matthews. Matthews shares what he considers the most compelling reasons Jeff Selingo gives for colleges to consider serious reform against rigid admissions criteria. Mark and Dave discuss whether they agree with Selingo and whether or not these ideas are realistic. (37:53) We’re in chapter 143 of 171...

Duration:01:52:25

YCBK 142: Med School Applications Soar in COVID-19 Era

10/14/2020
In this episode you will hear: (05:02) In this week’s news segment, an article from The Wall Street Journal, “U.S. Medical School Applications Soar in COVID-19 Era” by Patrick Thomas. The pandemic has placed a spotlight on the healthcare industry and medical schools are reporting record numbers in applications. Prospective students have shared reasons for the heightened interest based on wanting to address pronounced healthcare disparities and the heroic status of frontline workers, all...

Duration:01:38:46

YCBK 141: 2020 Survey of Admissions Leaders

10/7/2020
In this episode you will hear: (08:41) In this week’s news segment, an article from Insider Higher Ed, “2020 Survey of Admissions Leaders: A Mess of a Year” by Scott Jaschik. A new Gallup survey reveals heightened concerns among colleges and universities meeting their enrollment goals that was already difficult prior to COVID-19. (39:38) We’re in chapter 141 of 171 Answers and we’re talking about how endowments impacts the resources a college has to invest in its students. (56:42) This...

Duration:01:28:23

YCBK 140: Should College Applicants Focus Their Essays on the Pandemic?

9/30/2020
In this episode you will hear: (13:34) In this week’s news segment, an article from the Washington Post, “College applicants will make the pandemic a focus of their admissions essays. Should they?” by Valerie Strauss. Students may be compelled to use the pandemic as the central theme of their essays however, two college admissions experts provide a clear reminder on how the essay is used by admissions staff. Mark and Dave discuss the key takeaways from the articles. (27:50) We’re in chapter...

Duration:01:25:34

YCBK 139: Exploring Unrealistic Undergraduate Salary Expectations

9/23/2020
In this episode you will hear: (10:05) In this week’s news segment, an article from listwithclever.com, “Reality Check: Exploring Unrealistic Undergraduate Salary Expectations”, by Thomas O’Shaughnessy. Recent graduates are entering the workforce and facing a rude awakening as to what their early and mid-career salaries are actually panning out to be. (31:34) We’re in chapter 139 of 171 Answers and Mark dives deep into how regional college tuition discounts work. What are these tuition...

Duration:01:35:25

YCBK 138: UC is Barred from All Use of Test Scores in Admissions

9/16/2020
In this episode you will hear: (06:43) In this week’s news segment, an article from San Francisco Chronicle, “Judge bars University of California from all use of SAT,ACT scores in admissions”, by Bob Egelko. The University of CA already stopped requiring applicants to take the SAT and ACT, but a judge recently ruled that they must now stop allowing prospective students to submit their scores. (24:35) We are in Chapter 138 of 171 Answers and Mark talks us through how to get in-state tuition...

Duration:01:35:13

YCBK 137: A Guide to Virtual College Admissions Tools

9/9/2020
In this episode you will hear: (09:13) In this week’s news segment, an article from US News and World Report, “A Guide to Virtual College Admissions Tools”, by Josh Moody. Virtual tours, chatbots and Zoom calls with admissions officers all offer ways for applicants to engage. The coronavirus caused colleges and universities to quickly ramp up their efforts to engage with prospective students. (28:02) We are in Chapter 137 of 171 Answers and Mark talks us through what we need to know about...

Duration:01:40:49