Inside the Admissions Office: Advice from Former Admissions Officers
What a UChicago Admissions Officer Really Wants | University of Chicago

What a UChicago Admissions Officer Really Wants | University of Chicago

October 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.

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A Guide to the UChicago Supplemental Essays 2021-2022

How to Get Into UChicago

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Applying to the UCs: A Comprehensive Guide

Applying to the UCs: A Comprehensive Guide

October 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.

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How to Answer the UC Personal Insight Questions

How to Get into UC Berkeley

Which University of California Essays Should You Write? Questions to Ask Yourself

A Step-by-Step Guide to the University of California Application

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Complete Guide to BS/MD College Admissions and Applications

Complete Guide to BS/MD College Admissions and Applications

September 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.

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A Guide to Combined BS/MD Programs

The Best Colleges for Pre-Med Students

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Writing and Essay Strategies for College Applications

Writing and Essay Strategies for College Applications

August 23, 2021

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 them get started on their own application essays.

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How to Write the Common App Personal Statement Prompts 2021-2022

InGenius Prep’s Guides to College Supplemental Essays 2021-2022

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What an MIT Admissions Officer Really Looks For

What an MIT Admissions Officer Really Looks For

August 9, 2021

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 the admissions process and breaks stereotypes about what makes a student a good fit for MIT.

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How to Write the MIT Application Essays 2021-2022

A Step-By-Step Guide to the MyMIT Application Portal

Caltech vs MIT

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2020-2021 College Admissions Application Cycle Debrief

2020-2021 College Admissions Application Cycle Debrief

July 26, 2021

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 landscape.

 

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How to Write the Activities List: Everything You Need to Know

Tips for Choosing Target Schools: What's the Right Fit For You?

 

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Conquer the LSAT with Professional LSAT Coach Steve Schwartz

Conquer the LSAT with Professional LSAT Coach Steve Schwartz

July 12, 2021

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.

 

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Learn more about LSAT Unplugged or check out their Youtube channel.

 

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SAT, ACT, WTF: Navigating Testing Changes in College Admissions

SAT, ACT, WTF: Navigating Testing Changes in College Admissions

June 21, 2021

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 your applications with test-optional policies.

 

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Find a running list of testing policies at different schools here.

 

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College Admissions for Student Athletes

College Admissions for Student Athletes

June 14, 2021

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’t plan to pursue their sport in college.

 

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How to Maximize the Summer Before 12th Grade for College Admissions

How to Maximize the Summer Before 12th Grade for College Admissions

May 31, 2021

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 applications during the summer.

 

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“22 Summer Programs That Count”

“Summer Plans During Coronavirus: How to Spend Your Break Strategically”

 

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