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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 InGe ...
 
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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 tha…
 
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 Ber…
 
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 st…
 
On today’s episode, we chat with Shannon Beddingfield, an InGenius Prep Graduate Coach and writing instructor at Yale University. Shannon and I discuss strategies for writing college application essays. Shannon explores the differences between the personal statement and supplemental essays and gives students concrete examples and activities to help…
 
On today’s episode, we chat with DJ Rock, the Former Assistant Director of Admissions for Multicultural Recruitment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. DJ and I discuss what an MIT admissions officer really looks for in college applications and how students can gain that coveted acceptance. Along the way, DJ reveals priceless insight into…
 
On today’s episode, we chat with Erin Gu, InGenius Prep’s Chief Education Officer. Erin and I discuss the admissions trends and changes she identified in the 2020-2021 college application cycle. Erin offers her forecast for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle and suggests strategies for the Class of 2022 to follow to navigate the changing admissions lan…
 
On today’s episode, we chat with Steve Schwartz, CEO and Founder of LSAT Unplugged. Steve and I discuss upcoming changes to the LSAT in August 2021. Steve breaks down studying and testing strategies to gain a T14-worthy LSAT score. Check out our blog for more free resources. Learn more about LSAT Unplugged or check out their Youtube channel. Click …
 
On today's episode, we chat with Zak Harris, the Assistant Director of College Counseling and Communications at InGenius Prep and a Former Admissions Officer at top schools like Johns Hopkins and Bowdoin. Zak and I discuss what the future of standardized testing in college admissions looks like post-COVID. Zak offers his advice on how to strategize…
 
On today’s episode, we chat with Yosepha Greenfield, the former Captain of Yale’s women’s basketball team and InGenius Prep’s Co-Founder and COO. Yosepha and I discuss college admissions for student athletes. Yosepha breaks down the college athletic recruiting process and advises students on how to frame their athletic involvement, even if they don…
 
On today’s episode, we chat with Kathryn Scherer, InGenius Prep’s Director of Counselor Management. Kathryn and I discuss strategies for scheduling the summer before your senior year to get a head start on the college admissions process. Kathryn describes the ideal timeline for how high-achieving rising seniors should prepare for college applicatio…
 
On today’s episode, we chat with Padya Paramita, a Graduate Coach from Wellesley and Columbia and the Digital Content Specialist at InGenius Prep. Padya and I unwrap the mystery that are college admissions waitlists and discuss everything you need to know about how they work. Padya offers her top tips for getting off the waitlist and onto campus. C…
 
On today's episode, we chat with Padya Paramita, a Graduate Coach from Wellesley and Columbia. Padya shares her experiences applying to college as an international student, what it was like attending a women's college, and how her undergrad prepared her to apply for graduate school. Check out our blog. Sign up for a free consultation with an admiss…
 
On today's episode, we chat with Jenny Deren, a Former Admissions Officer from Williams College. Jenny discusses what it takes to stand out in the admissions process and explains the concept of an "Application Persona." Check out our article on the Application Persona. Check out our blog. Sign up for a free consultation with an admissions expert by…
 
On this week's episode, we chat with Danielle McColgan, a Former Admissions Officer from NYU's Tisch School for the Arts. Danielle explains the admissions process for arts students, what your portfolio/audition should look like, and the importance of academics. Check out our blog. Sign up for a free consultation with an admissions expert by clickin…
 
On today's episode, we talk with Kevin Dupont, a Former Admissions Officer from Tufts University. Kevin discusses general early application strategies as well as how these policies are changing in 2020. Check out our blog. Sign up for a free consultation with an admissions expert by clicking HERE. Questions or comments? Email us at contact@ingenius…
 
On today's episode, we talk with José Román, a Former Assistant Director of Admissions from Yale University. José gives us updates on how COVID-19 has continued to influence college admissions in areas such as deferrals, testing, and extracurriculars. Check out our blog. Sign up for a free consultation with an admissions expert by clicking HERE. Qu…
 
On today's episode, we chat with Daniela Alarcon, a Graduate Coach from Rice University. Daniela and I discuss the additional information section as well as the new COVID-19 question on the Common Application. Daniela gives her tips on how to use and how not to use these application components. Check out our blog. Sign up for a free consultation wi…
 
In today's episode, we chat with Ashleigh Taylor, a Former Admissions Officer from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. We discuss the different colleges at UofM, what admissions officers look for, and our experience as University of Michigan students. How to Get Into the University of Michigan Check out our blog. Sign up for a free consultation w…
 
On today's episode, we chat with Jodi Furman, a Graduate Coach from UNC-Chapel Hill and Columbia Business School. In the professional world, Jodi was also a head hunter, which makes her an expert on resumés and activities lists. Today, Jodi gives her tips for drafting and strategizing an impressive activities list. Check out our blog: https://ingen…
 
On this week's episode, we talk to Mary Miller, a Former Assistant Director of Admissions from Oberlin College, all about Liberal Arts Colleges. Though you've maybe never heard of Liberal Arts Colleges, these schools give some of the best educations in the country. With small class sizes and unique opportunities, you should definitely consider addi…
 
On this week's episode, we talk to Pia Sahni, a Graduate Coach from Brown University! Now that summer is here, it's especially important for rising seniors to take advantage of any free time they have. Today, Pia chats about what seniors should do this summer to prepare their applications and set themselves up for admissions success. Check out our …
 
On this week's episode, we talk with Caitlin Hogan, a Graduate Coach from UChicago and Queen Mary University of London. Based on her experience counseling students through the application process, Caitlin gives her tips for taking advantage of the honors section of the Common Application. Find more information about the honors section here: https:/…
 
On this week's episode Shoshannah Feinberg, a Former Admissions Reader from Northwestern, discusses standardized testing. Shoshannah explains how test-optional policies will impact admissions and how students should adapt to these changes. Find a full list of test-optional schools here: https://ingeniusprep.com/blog/2020-test-optional-colleges/ Che…
 
On this week's episode, we talk to Amelie Lasker, a Graduate Coach from Columbia and Cambridge about letters of recommendation. Amelie discusses how your letter will influence your admissions decision and how you can ensure you get glowing letters. Check out our blog: https://ingeniusprep.com/blog/ College Letter of Recommendation: How to Get a Glo…
 
This week, we are joined by Shannon Beddingfield, a Yale Teaching Fellow and Yale PhD Candidate, to discuss reflective writing. From the personal statement to supplemental essays, reflective writing plays a huge part in the college application process. Use Shannon's tips from this episode to start practicing this essential skill early in high schoo…
 
This week, we are joined by Natalia Ostrowski, a Former Assistant Director of Admissions at UChicago, to discuss what you can do in the face of disrupted summer plans. Natalia explains how admissions officers evaluate what you do over the summer and gives ideas for impactful projects that you can do from home. For more information on our Academic M…
 
On this week's episode, Zak Harris, a Former Admissions Officer from Johns Hopkins and Former Director of Admissions from Regis, answers your questions. Zak discusses all aspects of the college admissions process from Coronavirus's impact on your summer plans to starting your personal statement. Check out our blog: https://ingeniusprep.com/blog/ Si…
 
On this week's episode, we are joined by Erin Gu, the Chief Education Officer at InGenius Prep. Erin discusses how the college admissions process will be impacted by the Coronavirus. She gives advice on transitioning to online learning, reconfiguring standardized test plans, and how students can stay engaged while at home. Check out the following l…
 
On this week's episode, we talk to Heathe McCutchen, a Former Admissions Officer from Dartmouth and Chris Coleman, a Former Admissions Officer from Dartmouth, Drexel, and U of Maryland. Not only are Heather and Chris Former Admissions Officers, but they are also parents of college graduates. We talk to them about how they prepared their children in…
 
On this week's episode, we talk to Hanifa Abdul Sabur, a Graduate Coach from Columbia and Former Academic Advisor, about jobs and internships for high school students. Though work experience is not required for high schoolers, Hanifa spends this episode discussing how it can boost students' applications and which types of opportunities are most ben…
 
On this week's episode, we talk to Catherine Kannam, a Graduate Coach from Dartmouth College. Catherine discusses her favorite parts of her alma mater and what it took for her to get into this Ivy League School. For more information on Dartmouth and other top colleges, check out our blog: https://ingeniusprep.com/blog/ Sign up for a free consultati…
 
In today's episode, we talk to Kathryn Sherer, a former undergraduate interviewer at Harvard. She discusses how much alumni interviews affect your admissions chances, the biggest mistakes she saw students make, and some of the most common interview questions. Study up on the most common alumni interview questions here: https://ingeniusprep.com/libr…
 
On today's episode, we talk to Adrienne Gilbert, a former high school college counselor and a Former Admissions Officer from Rice University. Adrienne talks about the importance of counselors in the college admissions process and how you can take advantage of the counselors and resources you have. Read Adrienne's blog on high school college counsel…
 
On today's episode, we talk to Yosepha Greenfield, a Yale alum and Co-Founder of InGenius Prep, all about Yale University. She discusses what she did in high school to help her gain admission and her experience as a varsity athlete. For more information on college admissions, check out our blog:https://ingeniusprep.com/blog/ Sign up for a free cons…
 
On today's episode, we talk to Samantha Shepard-Guerinoni, a Former Admissions Officer from Stanford, about last-minute application tips! From polishing your supplemental essays to checking that your transcript has been sent, you have a lot to do before your January deadlines. For more last-minute application tips, check out our blog: https://ingen…
 
On today's episode, we talk to Nikki Champlin, a writing expert from Yale and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, about creating the most effective supplemental essays. She gives her advice on how to answer the most common supplemental prompts and discusses the importance of these essays. For more expert tips on college admissions and supplemental essays f…
 
On today's episode, we talk to Marianna Apostolakis, an admissions expert from Smith College, about what it takes to get into an elite university. From the personal statement to SAT scores to school lists, Marianna talks about what her students have done to get accepted. For more expert tips on college admissions, check out our blog: https://ingeni…
 
On today's episode, we sit down with Liz Culliton, a Former Associate Director of Admissions at UPenn, to talk about what it really takes to get into this elite university. Episode Transcript: https://ingeniusprep.com/library/pdf/what-a-upenn-admissions-officer-really-looks-for/ For more expert tips on college admissions, check out our blog: https:…
 
On today’s episode, we sit down with Hannah Smith, a writing expert from Stanford, to talk about the personal statement. Hannah discusses the importance of the personal statement, as well as editing advice that she gives to all of her students. For more expert tips on college admissions, check out our blog: https://ingeniusprep.com/blog/ Sign up fo…
 
On today’s episode, we sit down with Ben Schwartz, a Former Assistant Director of Admissions at Dartmouth, to talk about early decision and early action applications. Ben gives his thoughts on whether early rounds give students an advantage, goes over tips for choosing your early school, and much more. For more expert tips on college admissions, ch…
 
On today’s episode, we sit down with Heather McCutchen, a Former Admissions Reader from Dartmouth to talk about what it’s like working in an Ivy League admissions office, what it takes to get into one of these schools, and what can make or break a student’s application. For more expert tips on college admissions, check out our blog: https://ingeniu…
 
On today’s episode, we sit down with Joel Butterly, Co-Founder and CEO of InGenius Prep, to talk about college admissions trends, the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal, and advice for current students. Check out our blog. Sign up for a free consultation with an admissions expert by clicking HERE. Questions or comments? Email us at contact@in…
 
Introducing Inside the Admissions Office: Advice From Former Admissions Officers, a new podcast presented by InGenius Prep. Check out our blog. Sign up for a free consultation with an admissions expert by clicking HERE. Questions or comments? Email us at contact@ingeniusprep.com InGeniusPrep.comBy InGenius Prep
 
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