Podcast: College Admissions Decoded

The College Admissions Decoded podcast features NACAC member-experts in conversations that speak directly to parents, families, and the general public to help demystify the college admission process.

The series examines how the college admission process works for the approximately 20 million students who apply each year. The series also spotlights how college access and college admission in the US can continue to make progress toward more inclusivity, transparency, and service to students.

College Admissions Decoded offers a true insider's perspective on the world of college admission. We welcome your suggestions for future podcast topics and guests.



Episode 7: Demystifying the College Transfer Process: What Students and Families Need to Know

Experts say that as many as 40 percent of today’s students transfer to another institution at least once during their college careers. They choose to transfer in order to lower their college costs, find the right academic program, restart and return to college after a break, and for a range of other reasons. Despite growing popularity, the transfer process is sometimes difficult because of problems obtaining credit for previous coursework, a lack of adequate academic counseling, troubles obtaining financial aid, and more.

This episode offers tips to potential transfer students and explores ways to make the transfer process
between community colleges and four-year schools more seamless. The episode features Janet Marling, executive director of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students, and Dayna Bradstreet, senior associate director of admission at Simmons University in Boston. The conversation is moderated by Juleyka Lantigua-Williams.

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