Inside the Admissions Office: Advice from Former Admissions Officers
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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College Admissions 101: How to Start the Application 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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How Students at Highly Competitive High Schools Can Stand Out in College Admissions

How Students at Highly Competitive High Schools Can Stand Out in College Admissions

April 25, 2022

On today’s episode, we chat with Padya Paramita, an InGenius Prep Graduate Coach and Columbia MFA candidate. Padya and I discuss the experiences of students who attend highly competitive high schools, and what admissions officers expect from these students. Padya details strategies students can use to stand out from their peers in the college admissions process.

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College Admissions 101: How to Start the Application Process

7 Ways to Stand Out as a STEM College Applicant

Asking for A Recommendation: Email and Cover Letter Templates

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Applying to U.S. Universities as an International Student: the Admissions Process and the Student and Postgraduate Experience

Applying to U.S. Universities as an International Student: the Admissions Process and the Student and Postgraduate Experience

April 11, 2022

On today’s episode, we chat with Victoria (Vicky) Rosenthal Madrid, InGenius Prep’s Assistant Director of Marketing and a former international student at Boston University and Florida International University and Miami Ad School. Vicky and I discuss what international students can expect when they apply to schools in the U.S. Vicky highlights key aspects of the student experience as well as postgraduate outcomes for international students.

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College Admissions 101: How to Start the Application Process

Common App Guides: Resources to Guide You Through the Different Sections

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What a Columbia Admissions Officer Really Looks For | Columbia University

What a Columbia Admissions Officer Really Looks For | Columbia University

March 28, 2022

On today’s episode, we chat with Jennifer Duran, a Former Admissions Officer from Columbia University and InGenius Prep counselor. Jennifer and I discuss what types of students Columbia looks for and what sets it apart from the other Ivy League schools. Jennifer highlights what attributes students should showcase in their applications as well as how to tackle the supplemental essays.

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A Guide to the Columbia Supplemental Essays 2021-2022

Former Admissions Officers Offer Advice on Test Optional Policies

How to Get Into Columbia

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What a University of Michigan Admissions Officer Really Wants from Applicants

What a University of Michigan Admissions Officer Really Wants from Applicants

March 14, 2022

On today’s episode, we chat with Gail Rubin Dauer, a Former Application Review Specialist, at the University of Michigan Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Gail and I discuss what type of students the University of Michigan looks for and how applicants can stand out. Gail highlights what makes UMich special and how students should approach its supplemental essays.

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How to Write the University of Michigan Supplemental Essays 2021-2022

The University of Michigan Undergraduate Programs

How to Get Into the University of Michigan

Letter of Continued Interest for Deferral and Waitlists 

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Future of College Admissions: 2021 National Association for College Admission Counseling Conference

Future of College Admissions: 2021 National Association for College Admission Counseling Conference

February 28, 2022

On today’s episode, we chat with Heather McCutchen, a former Admissions Reader at Dartmouth, and Mary Chobanian, a former Admissions Reader at Harvard and Barnard. Heather and Mary share the insights they gained from the 2021 National Association for College Admissions Counseling conference. They discuss everything from test-optional policies to AI in admissions.

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2022 Test Optional Colleges: Changes in Light of COVID-19 

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What a Duke University Merit Scholarships Director Really Wants from Applicants

What a Duke University Merit Scholarships Director Really Wants from Applicants

February 7, 2022

On today’s episode, we chat with Melissa Rains, a former Director of Merit Scholarships at Duke University and an InGenius Prep counselor. Melissa breaks down what goes on behind the scenes in the Duke admissions and merit scholarship offices. She also provides students with tangible advice to increase their likelihood of receiving a merit scholarship at Duke and other elite universities.

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Analyzing the Duke Supplemental Essays 2021-2022

College Admissions 101: How to Start the Application Process

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The ABCs of College Financial Aid: Scholarships, Loans, and More

The ABCs of College Financial Aid: Scholarships, Loans, and More

January 24, 2022

On today’s episode, we chat with the team behind SMARTTRACK College Funding, National Program Director Cyndi Menegaz and Co-Founder & CFO Scott Greenameyer. Scott and Cyndi break down the different types of college funding and how families can maximize the aid they receive. They provide common misconceptions and mistakes to set families up for success on their college financial aid journey.

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How to Increase Your Chances of Maximizing Financial Aid for College

Financial Prep for College: A Guide for High Schoolers

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What to Do If You’re Deferred or Rejected from Your Early Decision or Early Action School

What to Do If You’re Deferred or Rejected from Your Early Decision or Early Action School

December 13, 2021

On today’s episode, we chat again with Padya Paramita, an InGenius Prep Graduate Coach and Columbia student. Padya and I discuss why students might be deferred or rejected from their early decision or early action college. Padya explains the next steps students can take, including writing a letter of continued interest if they’re deferred and applying ED II  if they’re rejected. 

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Letter of Continued Interest for Deferrals

Should You Apply to an Early Decision II School?

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