Inside the Admissions Office: Advice from Former Admissions Officers

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

Check out our blog for more free resources:

Common College Admissions Myths Debunked by Former Admissions Officers

College Admissions 101: How to Start the Application Process

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