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Podcast: College Admissions Decoded

Developed in the wake of the Operation Varsity Blues bribery scandal, NACAC launched its College Admission Decoded podcast series.

The series examines how the college admission process works for the approximately 20 million students who apply each year, as well as challenges to the process that the scandal brought to light. 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. NACAC leaders and members take on the profession’s hottest topics, including the recent national scandal, legacy admission, media rankings, best fit, and shifting campus demographics. 

Episode Three: The View from Campus

In this episode, admission leaders discuss the pressures from campus stakeholders; the responsibility to serve families; and how colleges are adapting to the rapid evolution of the prospective college student.

Featuring insight from:

David Burge, NACAC past president and the vice president for enrollment management at George Mason University (VA)

Mary Smith, senior associate director of admissions at Gettysburg College (PA)

Gil J. Villanueva, associate vice president and dean of admission at the University of Richmond (VA)

Episode three is moderated by Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, a former journalist who worked at NPR and The Atlantic before launching her own digital media company.

Read the transcript.

Listen to the episode online or on Apple Podcasts.

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