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A Columbia University undergrad and his old teacher talk about college admissions: how students can craft the best college application, how teachers and administrators can help them, and how colleges can improve the system.

Admissions Uncovered - College Admissions and Applications Explained Admissions Uncovered

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 52 Ratings

A Columbia University undergrad and his old teacher talk about college admissions: how students can craft the best college application, how teachers and administrators can help them, and how colleges can improve the system.

    Behind the Application - Meeting our Seniors

    Behind the Application - Meeting our Seniors

    Instead of our usually scheduled episode, I'm playing a special episode from our spin-off podcast, Behind the Application. It follows ten high school seniors through their admissions processes, so we can hear straight from the people actually applying what the process is like. Check it out here (https://anchor.fm/behindtheapp).

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    • 23 min
    College List Strategy

    College List Strategy

    The first step in the college admissions process is picking which colleges to apply to! In this episode, we talk about what a good, diversified list looks like. We define key terms: safety schools, target schools, and reach schools. We discuss how many schools to apply to and how to know if a school is right fit for you. There is a lot to think about. Do you want to go to a faith-based school? Do you want to go to a big school or a small school? There are so many factors to consider.
    Check out the show notes (admissionsuncovered.com) for helpful links to college search tools and other resources.
    Sign up for our college admissions boot camp (championshipadmissions.com)
    Support us on Patreon
    Get Personal Test Prep and Admissions Counseling from Host Michael Gao
    Join the discussion on Reddit and read about what Michael considers the top 3 mistakes people make when constructing a list (https://www.reddit.com/r/ApplyingToCollege/comments/hkc4rj/summer_soft_deadline_college_list/)
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    • 45 min
    Why Do We Care About College Admissions

    Why Do We Care About College Admissions

    Gonzalez has a busy day job as an administrator and Michael never has to apply to college again. Why are they still so interested in the process? So much so that they do this podcast and are holding a college application boot camp. In this episode, Michael and Gonzalez the important stories in their lives that keep them so invested in the admissions process. For Gonzalez, his story begins with his own admissions process, where lack of information about financial aid kept him from going to Harvard University. For Michael, college admissions is an important time to break out of a cycle of "gold star chasing" he sees in so many of his classmates at Columbia.

    Get Angela Duckworth's book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perserverance, it has a great discussion of how colleges look at high school extracurriculars

    Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information.

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    • 43 min
    George Floyd

    George Floyd

    This is a little different than our usual episodes. Today, I want to share three clips that really helped me think about what happened to George Floyd and what we should do now. The first clip is from Roxie Washington, the mother of George Floyd's child (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzd-TpZCCP4). Hearing the anger and the sadness in her voice... it's hard not to feel it as well. The second clip is from Trevor Noah, who gave a really clear analysis of what happened to George Floyd and the protests that followed. He has a very compelling response to people who divert the conversation to "looting" and I think his entire monologue is worth a listen (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4amCfVbA_c). Finally, I was really affected by a clip from Baratunde Thurston - a Black comedian and writer - who had some great advice for what we, especially we non-Black folks, can do (https://megaphone.link/VMP3333920477).  

    Donate here:

    Memorial fund - https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

    Local bail funds - http://bit.ly/localbailfunds

    Great article for more of what you can do - https://www.thecut.com/article/george-floyd-protests-how-to-help-where-to-donate.html

    Remember, if you donate, email or DM us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with your receipt. We will match the amount you give and you'll get a free hour of admissions counseling or test prep with Michael. 


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    • 26 min
    How Does College Admissions Work?

    How Does College Admissions Work?

    A Columbia University undergrad and his old teacher talk about college admissions: how students can craft the best college application, how teachers and administrators can help them, and how colleges can improve the system.

    Check out our website
    Support us on Patreon
    Get Personal Test Prep and Admissions Counseling from Host Michael Gao
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    • 39 sec
    Gap Year or Zoom University

    Gap Year or Zoom University

    Michael and Gonzalez talk about the pros and cons of gap years. Michael thinks it's always been an underrated option, but because of coronavirus, more and more people are thinking about taking one! We talk about what someone might learn on a gap year, why someone might take it, and how the calculus could be different if you come from a low income background. Get Angela Duckworth's book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perserverance, it has a great discussion of how colleges look at high school extracurriculars
    Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information.
    Support us on Patreon
    Get Personal Test Prep and Admissions Counseling from Host Michael Gao
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

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Just started and it’s great!

I just started listening to this podcast as I found it on reddit and it is very informational. I will use this information taught when I apply to college.

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Great podcast with good insights that is useful for college admissions, SAT Prep, and high school success!

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Greatest pod ever

Well done, great advice all around and great questioning as well!

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