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YCBK 72: Advice for Undocumented Students

6/13/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (5:47) In this week’s news, an Atlantic article “Does is Really Matter Where You Go to College?” by Derek Thompson. Applying to the most elite institutions is highly stressful for so many people because they feel it’s the only way to get the absolute top notch instruction, to get connected to prestigious alumni and so they’ll be identified by employers as having the best talent. This article spotlights a famous study by economists Stacy Dale and Alan Krueger...

Duration:01:18:30

YCBK 71: 13 Things to Consider Doing if Waitlisted

6/6/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (6:28) In this week’s news, a Wall Street Journal article “Colleges have been under pressure to admit needier kids. It’s backfiring”, by Catherine Rampell. A pair of university professors from Stanford and the University of Virginia have studied the disadvantages of schools who user certain “economic opportunity” measures to admit students. The results have been neglecting those families who don’t show up as poor, but have a significant need for aid. Mark and...

Duration:01:16:10

YCBK 70: How to Handle a Weakness in Your Admissions Application

5/30/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (6:22) In this week’s news, a Wall Street Journal article “Temple University Settles Suit Over Fudged Data on MBA Ranking”, by Kelsey Gee. Temple agrees to pay nearly $5.5 million to current and former business school students after the university acknowledged that their online MBA program’s top spot in a nationwide ranking was based on false data. The school admitted to no liability or wrongdoing as part of the settlement. We discuss how common it is to see...

Duration:01:20:20

YCBK 69: What You Need to Know about College Interviews

5/23/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (4:20) In this week’s news, a Hechinger Report article “Non-degree badges are booming, are they useful?”, by Matt Krupnick. While there is a general consensus on what a college degree represents, there is confusion over new online credentials and if they are useful to employers and job seekers. Thousands of credential classes have been born to improve specific skill sets, and colleges have responded by adding non-degree programs of their own. We discuss the...

Duration:01:03:18

YCBK 68: The Biggest Mistakes with Extracurricular Activities

5/16/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (4:43) In this week’s news, a Wall Street Journal article “Oberlin, University of Chicago and Other Elite Colleges Extend Application Deadlines”, by Melissa Korn. Schools are claiming to extend their application deadlines to ensure that all students have an opportunity to apply, however Korn suggests that this is a clear sign of the pressure that schools are feeling to fill their incoming classes. Mark and Anika discuss why colleges are extending their...

Duration:01:12:17

YCBK 67: Ways to show colleges your Academic Passion

5/9/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (3:52) In this week’s news, a Hechinger Report article “America’s colleges struggle to envision the future of diversity on campus”, by Laura Pappano. What’s really on the table is the dicey matter of how diversity gets measured – and even now, what exactly it is. Should someone’s race, socio economic status, gender, or political views be treated as forms of merit in the admissions process? We start out by talking about why diversity is so valuable on a college...

Duration:01:12:17

YCBK 66: What artistic majors need to do to stand out in admissions?

5/2/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (6:33) In this week’s news, a Forbes article “6 Terms to Stop Using in College Admissions”, by Brennan Barnard. Barnard surveys admissions professionals about terms they feel should stop being used either because of their overusage or misconstrued understanding. Mark and Anika have a spirited and at times, “humorous” discussion about their thoughts about the six terms that Brennan selected. Mark and Anika share whether they agree or disagree that these terms...

Duration:01:12:46

YCBK 65: Advice about Letters of Recommendation

4/25/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (3:47) In this week’s news, a Wall Street Journal article “Hackers Breach College-Applicant Databases and Seek Ransom”, by Douglas Belkin and Melissa Korn. Hackers were recently able to reset college staff member passwords to get data on prospective students and attempt to sell it back to them for the sticker price of $3,800. The schools affected were Oberlin College in Ohio, Grinnell College in Iowa and Hamilton College in NY. (11:30) We are in Chapter 65 of...

Duration:01:21:47

YCBK 64: The Importance of College Specific Essays

4/18/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (6:04) In this week’s news, a Hechinger Report article "Embattled colleges focus on an obvious fix-helping students graduate on time”, by Jon Marcus. While most students expect to earn degrees in 4 years, fewer than half actually do. Marcus outlines the reasons why students are not graduating within 4 years – beyond financial reasons; what institutions are doing to address the issue, and why. (22:36) We are in Chapter 64 of 171 Answers and we’re talking about...

Duration:01:32:57

YCBK 63: Choosing the Right Prompt for Your Essay

4/11/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (2:39) In this week’s news, a Hollywood Reporter article "6 Tips From College Admissions Pros on Standing Out, by Margaret Loftus of US News. The author lists tips ranging from social media advice to building your academic strengths and recommendations. (21:59)We are in Chapter 63 of 171 Answers and we’re talking about how to choose the essay prompt for your personal essay. (33:58) This week’s question asks how to calculate a grade point average (GPA) when it...

Duration:01:18:48

YCBK 62: The Biggest Mistakes in Personal Essays

4/4/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (3:40)In this week’s news, a Hollywood Reporter article"Everybody'sDoing It": Cheating Scandal Shows How Privileged Kids FakeDisability”, byScott Johnson and Peter Kiefer.According to parents and counselors, it’s common practice for parents at elite schools to pay for a doctor’s diagnosis that allows their children extra test-taking time, whether or not they need it. Unfortunately, this practice has been found to be largely exploited by wealthy families....

Duration:01:13:05

YCBK 61: What Admissions Counselors Look for in Personal Essays

3/28/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (2:56) In this week’s news,a Vox. com article“What the college admissions scandal reveals about the psychology of wealth in America”, by Anna North.When the Department of Justice revealed that dozens of people were accused of bribery and lying so their kids could get into elite colleges,one question kept coming up: why?North suggests that this scandal could cause people to reevaluate their beliefs about wealth and success, as Americans realize how rich people...

Duration:01:24:14

YCBK 60: How Colleges View Homeschooled Applicants

3/21/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (3:25) In this week’s news, a Boston Globe article “A catalog of wealth and privilege: Feds allege college bribery scam”, by Travis Andersen, John R. Ellement and Deirdre Fernandes. In what authorities are calling the largest college admissions scam ever – 33 parents and a California businessman named William Singer bribed school officials at elite colleges to get kids accepted. Singer plead guilty in US District Court in Boston to four felony counts of...

Duration:01:28:42

YCBK 59: Social Media Presence in the Admissions Process

3/14/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (3:30) In this week’s news, an Inside Higher article “Liberal Arts College Mega Mergers”, by John Kroger. We often hear of liberal arts colleges closing their doors or cutting faculty and programs. Kroger walks through the options that these schools should consider and points out the 3 main reasons they are finding themselves in danger: they lack a great location, have small endowments, and/or don’t have a national reputation. (19:08) We are in chapter 59 of...

Duration:01:21:05

YCBK 58: Demonstrated Interest and Why It’s Important

3/7/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (3:35) In this week’s news, a NY Times article “They’re not fact checking. How lies in college admissions can slip through the net”, by Anemona Hartocollis. The pressure on prospective students to lie or embellish in their college applications has intensified, admissions officers say, and colleges are doing little in the way of fact-checking. Mark and Anika discuss what colleges are doing and what they are not doing. We also debate whether college’s are...

Duration:01:18:36

YCBK 57: How to Make Your Activities Stand out in Your Application

2/28/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (2:41) In this week’s news, “New Front in College Admissions, Nudging Students to Decide Early”, by Douglas Belkin in the Wall Street Journal. (21:12) We are in chapter 57 of 171 Answers and we’re talking through how your student can showcase their passions for their activities they are involved in outside of school in the college admissions process. (40:42) This week’s question asks for more information about open enrollment at 4 year colleges. (53:15) This...

Duration:01:21:15

YCBK 56: Pros and Cons of Early Decision Applications

2/21/2019
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(2:57) In this week’s news, “Ten College Majors with the Biggest Gender Gap”, by Katie Bardaro. While most attention turns toward the lack of women in STEM fields, many majors overwhelmingly experience gender imbalance and Bardaro writes that this is mostly contributed to how societal standards dictating how men and women should and should not conduct themselves still influence American society. (14:01) We are in chapter 56 of 171 Answers and we’re talking through the pros and cons of...

Duration:01:21:46

YCBK 55: 15 Different Ways to Apply to College

2/14/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (3:02) In this week’s news, “Parenting the College Admission Applicant -as an Admission Dean”, by Brennan Barnard. Bernard is not just a director of college counseling, college admission manager for Harvard Graduate School, and well written columnist – he is also a parent of a teenage son getting ready to take on the college admissions process himself. For this article, he asked admission deans who recently parented a college applicant to reflect on what they...

Duration:01:09:52

YCBK 54: Different types of test optional colleges

2/7/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (4:14) In this week’s news, we discuss an article that appeared in the Washington Post on April 7 th , 2018 by Jeffrey Selingo entitled, “The higher education divide: The ‘haves’ keep getting richer. Other schools? Not so much”. Mark and Anika discuss the disparity of wealth and demand between most colleges and a select few. We then grapple with what if anything can be done about this. (16:47) We are in chapter 54 of 171 Answers and we are discussing the...

Duration:01:02:22

YCBK 53: Why More Schools Are Going Test Optional

1/31/2019
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In this episode you will hear: (3:11) In this week’s news, “As students return to college, a basic question persists: What are they learning?” by Jon Marcus. What is known publicly about what and whether college students learn is mixed. Some schools insist that measuring learning in college, and reporting the results, is surprisingly hard to do; and that translating those results in a way that laypeople can understand is even harder. (21:38) We are in chapter 53 of 171 Answers and we are...

Duration:01:20:43