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On the Admissions Beat, veteran dean of admissions Lee Coffin from Dartmouth College and a range of guests provide high school students and parents, as well as their counselors and other mentors, with "news you can use" at each step on the pathway to college. With a welcoming, reassuring perspective and an approach intended to build confidence in prospective applicants, Dean Coffin offers credible information, insights, and guidance—from the earliest days of the college search, to applications, decision-making, and arrival on campus. He does so by drawing on nearly 30 years of experience as an admissions leader at some of the nation's most prestigious institutions. Season 5 launched January 30, with new episodes dropping weekly throughout the winter and spring.

Admissions Beat Lee Coffin • Vice President and Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid at Dartmouth College

    • News
    • 4.8 • 70 Ratings

On the Admissions Beat, veteran dean of admissions Lee Coffin from Dartmouth College and a range of guests provide high school students and parents, as well as their counselors and other mentors, with "news you can use" at each step on the pathway to college. With a welcoming, reassuring perspective and an approach intended to build confidence in prospective applicants, Dean Coffin offers credible information, insights, and guidance—from the earliest days of the college search, to applications, decision-making, and arrival on campus. He does so by drawing on nearly 30 years of experience as an admissions leader at some of the nation's most prestigious institutions. Season 5 launched January 30, with new episodes dropping weekly throughout the winter and spring.

    Finishing Strong: Year-End Thoughts and Summer Homework for Rising (and Graduating) Seniors

    Finishing Strong: Year-End Thoughts and Summer Homework for Rising (and Graduating) Seniors

    As the school year ends, Admissions Beat host Lee Coffin holds his final “office hours” with listeners for this podcast season. For graduating seniors, he advises them to “finish strong” and check their inboxes as pre-matriculation communications arrive from their chosen college. For parents preparing to say goodbye as seniors head to college in the fall, he offers practical and philosophical advice on letting go—and in taking comfort in the logistics of the transition to college. And for rising seniors, summertime is the season to sketch out the stories they want to tell in their applications and to keep exploring. Jacques Steinberg, former New York Times journalist and co-author of The College Conversation, joins Dean Coffin for the season finale.

    • 39 min
    “I’m good at math…”

    “I’m good at math…”

    What if math was a fundamental skill you could develop, rather than something you were simply good or bad at? Engineering programs are designed to blend theory with practice—analysis with practical problem solving. But engineering also spans organically across disciplines into the humanities and social sciences. This week on AB, host Lee Coffin dives into the undergraduate realm of engineering programs with Stu Schmill, Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services at MIT. They discuss how to begin preparing for those experiences in high school and where a student’s untapped engineering potential might take them.

    • 47 min
    Admissions Beat Live: Parents and Seniors Take the Mic

    Admissions Beat Live: Parents and Seniors Take the Mic

    What advice do this year’s high school seniors and their parents have for those who will follow in future college application cycles? AB host Lee Coffin and Jacques Steinberg, co-author of “The College Conversation,” recently put that question to an audience gathered on the Dartmouth campus for admitted students’ programming. We also asked them what they learned, what they wished they had done differently, what boundaries they established for their respective roles as applicant and advisor, and how they managed the stress of it all. Tune in this week to hear what they told us, in their own words.

    • 56 min
    Dialogue

    Dialogue

    The conversations, debates and diverse voices that animate a college campus are essential elements of an undergraduate experience. As seniors visit campuses for accepted student open houses and as juniors follow tour guides for introductory visits, AB host Lee Coffin shares an essay he wrote on the importance of assessing campus dialogue as part of those visits.

    • 7 min
    Choosing Your Senior Year Courses and Why That Matters

    Choosing Your Senior Year Courses and Why That Matters

    “’How will this look for colleges…?’ is the most common question I get from juniors as they select senior year courses,” reports longtime college counselor Eric Monheim. For sure, the quality of an applicant’s senior year program—and the grades achieved in that course of study—is a foundational element of the academic assessment of every application to a selective college. This week, AB host Lee Coffin answers the question: “Does 12th grade count?” as high school juniors select their senior year curriculum. Guests Elena Hicks, SMU’s assistant vice provost and dean of admissions, and Monheim, the director of college counseling at St. Mark’s School in Massachusetts, give a resounding “Yes!” to that simple question. Senior year counts, so pick your courses wisely.

    • 50 min
    A Degree In Thinking

    A Degree In Thinking

    For centuries, the liberal arts have been foundational to the mission of higher education. But trying to explain the concept of this course of study — and the multifaceted roadmap a liberal arts degree provides for one’s life and work in the 2020s and beyond—can be challenging. And so AB host Lee Coffin called in a specialist: Cecilia Gaposchkin, a Dartmouth history professor whose courses range from the fall of Rome to the Crusades to the medieval kings of France. She was also the College’s longtime dean for pre-major advising. But the subject matter of the liberal arts—chemistry or history, philosophy or French—is often less important than the skills a student learns: how to think critically, pose tough questions, write clearly and persuasively, and be a productive citizen. “A liberal arts degree is a degree in thinking,” Professor Gaposchkin advises high school seniors and juniors as they consider their options.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

Rising Senior ,

Finding Balance in Chaos

If you're a parent of a high schooler, this Admissions Beat is an absolute must-listen. It can save countless therapy hours and alleviate stress, but it also guides you towards finding a balance as you navigate the unpredictable waters of the college admissions process. Click through the episodes and you will find insightful insight on the entire college journey. From demystifying the application process to offering practical advice, also, keeps us as parents in check to support our children effectively.But what truly resonates with me is its reminder of what truly matters: raising kind, good-hearted individuals in a world.

This podcast is a vacation from the chaos and lets you hit pause, breathe, and celebrate their journey. And take a moment to acknowledge the milestones and successes, no matter how small they may seem. Oh and you are not alone in this.

jker987 ,

Great informational pod for High Schoolers

I found this pod after I scheduled a campus visit to Dartmouth for my daughter (class of 26) this summer 2024. So glad I did too because I have found out so much info to incorporate into our college decisions over the next 2 years. Thank you!!!

tmanhornfan ,

Helpful and easy listen

2 episodes in and I found this helpful, parenting a high school junior through this process. Appreciate the content and the patience and the insight and the expertise.

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