For many high school juniors and seniors, researching, identifying, and getting into the college that is right for them can feel like a full-time job, even in the best of times. In the midst of a health pandemic, it’s especially daunting. In this unprecedented new podcast series, “The Search,” Dartmouth Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Lee Coffin gathers experts, students, and parents from around the world for informative and engaging conversations about applying to college. They share insightful, practical tips about crafting the initial list, creating a strong application, navigating financial aid, figuring out a college’s “vibe,” and, when the acceptances come in, deciding on the best option.
Season 2 Bonus Episode: Lee Coffin Welcomes the Class of 2025
In this special bonus episode, Dean of Admissions Lee Coffin welcomes the Class of 2025 to Dartmouth.
Season 2 Episode 9: Podding Together
In our series finale, Dean Coffin invites Charlotte Albright, the producer of "The Search," to reflect with him on what they have learned together over the course of 22 episodes stretched across two seasons. Among the surprises: applications to selective colleges surged during the pandemic. Coffin's last words of advice to the next class of high school seniors: Be your own best advisers, and follow your hearts as you plot the next chapter of your lives.
Season 2 Episode 8: An Applicant Interviews the Dean
When Heath Monsma applied to Dartmouth College, he wrote beautifully in his essay about what he learned by creating his own podcast in high school. So Dean Coffin decided to switch seats with this engaging applicant. Heath asks the dean about his own youth and about what drew him into college admissions, picking up, along the way, some insider tips about how to become the first in your family to attend a selective college.
Season 2 Episode 7: Major Minor
"What's Your Major?" The answer is likely to change, maybe even several times, during the first year in college. Dean Coffin invites three professors from Dartmouth to reminisce about how their own academic interests evolved as they found their true calling. Being undecided about what to focus on, they agree, can be a good thing for newly enrolled college students, because it keeps the door open to discovery.
Season 2 Episode 6: Listen to Yourself
If you’ve just been accepted to more than one college or university, congratulations! Now it's decision time. Lee Coffin, dean of admissions and financial aid, advises you to listen to your heart as well as your head, as he asks three college counselors to share advice about making the best possible college choice, and feeling great about it.
Season 2 Episode 5: Financial Fit
Getting accepted to more than one college is a great thing. But comparing financial aid offers—that’s a complex calculation. It’s not enough to know how much money is on each table. It’s equally important to calculate the true, full cost of a four-year education, beyond tuition, so that you can make a wise, financially informed choice. Dean Coffin invites two experienced colleagues to guide you through the maze.