Welcome to Season 2 of the College Admissions Decoded podcast!
This podcast features NACAC member-experts in conversations that speak directly to parents, families, and the general public to help demystify the college admission process.
College Admissions Decoded examines how the college admission process works for the approximately 20 million students who apply each year. The series also spotlights how college admission in the US can continue to make progress toward more inclusivity, transparency, and service to students.
Getting to Know the Campus When the Coronavirus Lockdown Won’t Let You Visit
S2, Ep. 6: Traditionally, campus visits have played a critical role in helping students figure out which school is right for them. But with coronavirus restrictions keeping many campuses (and families!) on lockdown, how can students get a feel for what life—and learning—looks like at their targeted institutions? Experienced school counselors offer tips for determining the right “fit” from afar.
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Stressed Out: The Pandemic’s Effect on the Mental Health of Students Applying to College (S2, Ep1)
Hear real-life advice from veteran college counselors for easing students’ mental health concerns.Read More
College Financial Aid in the Time of Covid-19 (S2, Ep2)
Learn how to apply for assistance, how to read an award letter, how to ask for more if it’s not enough, and other options for students on the path to college.Read More
How Colleges Make Admission Decisions in a Pandemic Year (S2, Ep3)
Colleges across the country made big changes in their admission requirements in response to the coronavirus pandemic. More than 1,600 institutions are currently test-optional, meaning students are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications. Transcripts look different, too, especially at schools that have canceled extracurricular activities and moved courses online. How are colleges evaluating applicants? What can students do to strengthen their admission chances? Two admission directors take you inside the process.Read More
Student Empowerment in College Admissions (S2, Ep4)
In this episode of College Admissions Decoded, four experts– two working in university admissions offices, and two others in college counseling offices at high schools – offer tips and other advice, as well as perspective, to students and their families as they navigate these and other final decisions. Among the panelists’ key insights: for all those aspects of the admissions process that are outside applicants’ control, many students are now in a position of empowerment, and very much in the driver’s seat as they decide where they will go to college next year.Read More
The Many Admission Choices in a Changed World (S2, Ep5)
In this episode of College Admissions Decoded, four higher education experts share tips and advice for making the right college choice.Read More
Getting to Know the Campus When the Coronavirus Lockdown Won’t Let You Visit (S2, Ep6)
In this episode of College Admissions Decoded, experienced school counselors offer tips for determining the right “fit” from afar.Read More