Inside the Admissions Office: Advice from Former Admissions Officers
Talent in College Admissions: Highlighting Artistic, Athletic, and Academic Abilities in Applications

Talent in College Admissions: Highlighting Artistic, Athletic, and Academic Abilities in Applications

September 26, 2022

On today’s episode, we chat with Kevin Dupont, an athletic recruitment specialist and Former Admissions Officer from UC Berkeley, Tufts, Cornell, and UCSC. Kevin and I discuss the myriad of different ways students can showcase their talents in their college applications. Kevin answers frequently asked questions about talent in college admissions such as “should I upload a portfolio?” and “is creating an app an impressive talent?”

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What College Admissions Officers Look For: Advice from Former Readers

College Admissions 101: How to Start the Application Process

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First Year College Success Strategies for Incoming University Freshmen

First Year College Success Strategies for Incoming University Freshmen

September 12, 2022

On today’s episode, we chat with Nick Strohl, a former Academic Advisor in the College of Letters and Science Honors Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale. 

Nick and I discuss numerous strategies and resources that university freshmen can utilize to set themselves up for academic success. Nick highlights common mistakes and misconceptions and shares specific resources to help students plan for their future careers or continued education.

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Should You Apply to Grad School: 25 Questions to Ask Yourself

Further Education or First Job? How to Decide What’s Right For You

Medical School Application Resources to Help You Through Every Step

Law School Applications 101: From College Academics to Final Submission

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11 College Admissions Myths: Debunking Common Misconceptions about the College Application Process

11 College Admissions Myths: Debunking Common Misconceptions about the College Application Process

August 22, 2022

On today’s episode, we chat with Padya Paramita, a Columba MFA graduate, InGenius Prep Graduate Coach, and writing professor at the University of New Haven. Padya and I break down 11 college admissions myths and misconceptions, including:

  • MYTH #1 - True or False: Legacy students have a better chance of admissions
  • MYTH #2 - True or False: You can buy your way into college
  • MYTH #3 - True or False: There are stereotypical extracurricular activities you should avoid
  • MYTH #4 - True or False: Debate and MUN are impressive activities for college
  • MYTH #5 - True or False: A High SAT score is all you need to get into college
  • MYTH #6 - True or False: Colleges consider your family’s finances when deciding to admit you
  • MYTH #7 - True or False: You need a perfect GPA to be admitted to top colleges
  • MYTH #8 - True or False: Volunteer experience is a must
  • MYTH #9 - True or False: Demonstrated interest is important
  • MYTH #10 - True or False: You have to be well-rounded, excelling in every area
  • MYTH #11 - True or False: Schools use AI to filter out applications

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Common College Admissions Myths Debunked by Former Admissions Officers

College Admissions 101: How to Start the Application Process

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

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

August 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.

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How to Get Into NYU

How to Succeed with the NYU Supplemental Essay

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Creative Writing for College Applications

Creative Writing for College Applications

July 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.

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Tips for Writing the Why School Supplemental Essay: Demonstrating Your Fit

Former Admissions Officers Discuss Personal Statement Red Flags

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

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

July 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!

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College Admissions 101: How to Start the Application Process

University of California Admissions 2022: Analyzing the Trends

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

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

June 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.

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College Admissions 101: How to Start the Application Process

Approaching the Johns Hopkins Supplemental Essay 2021-2022

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What a United States Naval Academy Admissions Officer Wants from Applicants

What a United States Naval Academy Admissions Officer Wants from Applicants

June 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.

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College Admissions 101: How to Start the Application Process

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

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

May 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.

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What a Dartmouth College Admissions Officer Wants from Applicants

What a Dartmouth College Admissions Officer Wants from Applicants

May 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.

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How to Approach the Dartmouth College Supplemental Essays 2021-2022

A Comprehensive Guide to Liberal Arts Colleges

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