Inside the Admissions Office: Advice from Former Admissions Officers

Inside the Admissions Office: Advice from Former Admissions Officers

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Every other Monday we’ll bring you exclusive interviews with Former Admissions Officers, graduates from top universities, and admissions experts.


An Update on COVID-19 and College Admissions
Sep 14 • 49 min
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.…
College Life: Women’s College, International Students, and Liberal Arts Colleges
Aug 31 • 40 min
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…
How to Correctly Use the Additional Information Section
Aug 17 • 29 min
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…
The University of Michigan: What Admissions Officers Want
Aug 3 • 41 min
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.…
Crafting Your Activities List: Tips from a Resumé Expert
Jul 20 • 40 min
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…
Why You Should Consider Liberal Arts Colleges
Jul 6 • 36 min
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…
What Rising Seniors Should Do This Summer
Jun 22 • 31 min
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…
Using the Common App Honors Section to Your Advantage
Jun 8 • 31 min
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…
How Your Test Scores Will be Evaluated by Admissions Officers
May 25 • 31 min
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…
How Important Are Letters of Recommendation?
May 11 • 28 min
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…
Personal Statement Prep: Start Practicing Reflective Writing Early
Apr 27 • 34 min
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.…
Disrupted Summer Plans: How to Come up With Alternate Solutions
Apr 13 • 30 min
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…
Q&A With a Former Director of College Admissions
Mar 30 • 53 min
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…
COVID-19 and Its Influence on College Admissions
Mar 23 • 25 min
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…
Parenting During the College Admissions Process
Mar 16 • 40 min
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…
How Jobs and Internships Boost College Applications
Mar 2 • 30 min
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…
College Life: The Dartmouth Experience
Feb 17 • 25 min
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…
Acing Your Alumni Interviews
Feb 3 • 32 min
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…
Taking Advantage of Your High School College Counselor
Jan 20 • 45 min
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…
College Life: What It’s Like Going to Yale
Jan 6 • 28 min
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…
An Admissions Officer’s Final Tips Before You Hit Submit
Dec 16, 2019 • 19 min
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…
Expert Writing Advice: Succeeding With Your Supplemental Essays
Dec 2, 2019 • 35 min
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…
What it Takes to Get Admitted to a Top School
Nov 18, 2019 • 28 min
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…
What a UPenn Admissions Officer Really Looks For
Nov 4, 2019 • 29 min
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:…
Expert Writing Advice: Crafting an Impactful Personal Statement
Oct 21, 2019 • 26 min
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…
An Admissions Officer’s Thoughts on Early Decision and Early Action
Oct 7, 2019 • 28 min
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…
A Day in the Life of an Ivy League Admissions Reader
Sep 20, 2019 • 27 min
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…
The Current State of College Admissions
Sep 20, 2019 • 27 min
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. For more expert tips on college admissions,…
InGenius Prep Presents: Inside the Admissions Office
Sep 20, 2019 • 1 min
Introducing Inside the Admissions Office: Advice From Former Admissions Officers, a new podcast presented by InGenius Prep. For more expert tips on college admissions, check out our blog: https://ingeniusprep.com/blog/ Sign up for a free consultation with…