Episode Six: "What Colleges Are Looking For: Facts and Myths About the Application Process"

The college admission process can be long, bewildering, and anxiety-producing for students and their families. Many are looking for the secret formula for getting admitted to the “right” school where a student can grow, learn, and thrive. How does a student find that right school? What are colleges really looking for in an applicant? And what really goes on “behind the curtain” when college admission offices consider a student’s application?

This episode features Rick Clark, director of undergraduate admissions at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Brennan Barnard, director of college counseling at The Derryfield School (NH). They are co-authors of The Truth About College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together. The conversation is moderated by Juleyka Lantigua-Williams.

Read the transcript.

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