30 episodes

A whole lot happens between choosing a list of top schools and getting that thick acceptance envelope in the mail. But you don't have to take that journey alone. On each episode of College Admissions Insider, we talk to real college admissions counselors to bring you expert advice for your college search. Learn how to find the right college fit, build a list of finalists, and create an application that gets noticed. This podcast is an initiative of Bucknell University but is designed for students applying to any school.

College Admissions Insider Bucknell University

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A whole lot happens between choosing a list of top schools and getting that thick acceptance envelope in the mail. But you don't have to take that journey alone. On each episode of College Admissions Insider, we talk to real college admissions counselors to bring you expert advice for your college search. Learn how to find the right college fit, build a list of finalists, and create an application that gets noticed. This podcast is an initiative of Bucknell University but is designed for students applying to any school.

    Episode 30: Inside the Mind of an Application Reader, Vol. 2

    Episode 30: Inside the Mind of an Application Reader, Vol. 2

    If you're on Bucknell's mailing list, you might have seen an email telling high school students that when they apply to Bucknell, a real human — not some computer algorithm — reviews their application personally. 
    At Bucknell, we're proud of that fact. But that statement might raise a follow-up question: Who are those humans who will review my application?
    In this episode of College Admissions Insider, you'll meet two members of the team that reviews Bucknell applications. Whether you're planning to apply to Bucknell or not, we think you'll enjoy peeking behind the curtain to see how application readers approach the review process.
    We'll discuss questions like:
    What does the application review system look like?How many people will read an application?What are some reasons an application might be denied?And the most important question of all: What can an applicant do to stand out?  Longtime listeners might remember that we've used this exact topic before in our fourth episode. That episode has been so popular that we've decided it's time for a sequel.
    Our guests are: Jill Medina, Bucknell's senior associate dean of admissions, and Josh Wilkinson, associate director admissions for communications. 
    Read a transcript for this episode


    If you have a question, comment or idea for a future episode, email podcast@bucknell.edu


    Links:
    Application dates and deadlinesPlan a visit to BucknellUndergraduate admission requirements@iamraybucknell, our student-run InstagramInfo about applying to BucknellBuild a Bucknell Custom ViewbookLatest news for prospective studentsJAN. 15, 2022Early Decision II applications, with completed Early Decision Agreement form, and Regular Decision applications must be submitted.CSS Profile financial aid application is due (Bucknell CSS code 2050) for Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants.Enrollment deposits due for students admitted through Early Decision I.

    • 33 min
    Episode 29: Why Bucknell? Students Answer the Top Questions About Bucknell

    Episode 29: Why Bucknell? Students Answer the Top Questions About Bucknell

    There's no better resource for learning about a university than its students.
    Nobody else truly knows what it's like to live in that campus community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students are the ones who take the classes, attend the events, participate in the clubs and live in the residence halls.
    That's why it's so important to talk to actual students when researching colleges. By hearing why they chose that school and learning what life is like there, you'll gain a clearer picture of what that university offers.
    In that spirit, we're bringing you a special episode of College Admissions Insider. Instead of our typical approach of talking about colleges in general, this one's all about Bucknell. You'll hear from three current Bucknell students about their journey from high school to Bucknell.
    They'll also answer some of the top-searched questions about Bucknell, helping listeners learn more about life in Lewisburg.
    Please enjoy hearing from Caitlin, Catherine and Tiffany for this special episode.
    Read a transcript for this episode


    If you have a question, comment or idea for a future episode, email podcast@bucknell.edu.


    Links:
    Application dates and deadlinesPlan a visit to BucknellUndergraduate admission requirements@iamraybucknell, our student-run InstagramInfo about applying to BucknellBuild a Bucknell Custom ViewbookLatest news for prospective studentsJAN. 15, 2022Early Decision II applications, with completed Early Decision Agreement form, and Regular Decision applications must be submitted.CSS Profile financial aid application is due (Bucknell CSS code 2050) for Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants.Enrollment deposits due for students admitted through Early Decision I.

    • 31 min
    Episode 28: Making the Most of a Counselor Visit to Your High School

    Episode 28: Making the Most of a Counselor Visit to Your High School

    Sometimes you travel a long distance to go see a college or university that interests you. Other times, if you're lucky, that college or university comes to see you.
    They're called counselor visits, and they're a great way to learn more about a university without leaving school grounds. 
    In this episode of College Admissions Insider, we'll share our top tips for making the most of these counselor visits. We'll cover it all — what happens during a typical counselor visit, whether students should prepare for these visits — and if so, how — and whether it's necessary to send a follow-up message to the counselor after their visit. 
    Here to help us break it all down is Ben Kavanaugh, associate director of Admissions for Bucknell. 
    Read a transcript for this episode


    If you have a question, comment or idea for a future episode, email podcast@bucknell.edu.


    Links:
    Application dates and deadlinesPlan a visit to BucknellUndergraduate admission requirements@iamraybucknell, our student-run InstagramInfo about applying to BucknellBuild a Bucknell Custom ViewbookLatest news for prospective studentsJAN. 15, 2022Early Decision II applications, with completed Early Decision Agreement form, and Regular Decision applications must be submitted.CSS Profile financial aid application is due (Bucknell CSS code 2050) for Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants.Enrollment deposits due for students admitted through Early Decision I.

    • 26 min
    Episode 27: Last-minute Application Reminders Before You Click “Submit”

    Episode 27: Last-minute Application Reminders Before You Click “Submit”

    A lot of emotions go through a student's head as their mouse cursor hovers over the "submit" button on a college application. 
    There's excitement. There's hope. And yes, there's probably a fair amount of second-guessing, anxiety and maybe even a dash of all-out panic. 
    To be fair, that's a pretty important click in the life of a college student. But if you have prepared in the right way, it doesn't have to be so terrifying. 
    That's where College Admissions Insider is here to help. In this episode, we'll cover all the last-minute reminders students need before clicking "submit." What should you double-check? Who should you trust to review everything? And when is the right time to start all these final checks? 
    To help us cover all our bases, we're joined by Kristin Morrow, Bucknell's Assistant Director of Admissions. 
    Read a transcript for this episode


    If you have a question, comment or idea for a future episode, email podcast@bucknell.edu.
    Links:
    Application dates and deadlinesPlan a visit to BucknellUndergraduate admission requirements@iamraybucknell, our student-run InstagramInfo about applying to BucknellBuild a Bucknell Custom ViewbookLatest news for prospective studentsJAN. 15, 2022Early Decision II applications, with completed Early Decision Agreement form, and Regular Decision applications must be submitted.CSS Profile financial aid application is due (Bucknell CSS code 2050) for Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants.Enrollment deposits due for students admitted through Early Decision I.

    • 20 min
    Episode 26: What Is Demonstrated Interest?

    Episode 26: What Is Demonstrated Interest?

    Imagine this: Every time you visit a college, email a counselor or even click a link in an email from a university on your list, you’re helping your chances of getting admitted.
    For schools that consider demonstrated interest, those scenarios are often a reality. 
    Some schools keep a record of the actions you take to, as the name implies, demonstrate that you're interested in that school. It’s one way for those colleges to know whether an applicant considers that school one of their top choices — or closer to the bottom of their list.
    Those could be important factors when a school is considering whom to admit or choose from a wait list.
    But how do you know whether a school considers demonstrated interest? What actions count as demonstrated interest? And is there such a thing as too much demonstrated interest? 
    In this episode of College Admissions Insider, we'll explore this important concept in detail. Our guest is Lisa Keegan, Bucknell's vice president for enrollment management. 
    Read a transcript for this episode


    If you have a question, comment or idea for a future episode, email podcast@bucknell.edu.
    Links:
    Blog post: What is demonstrated interest?Plan a visit to BucknellUndergraduate admission requirements@iamraybucknell, our student-run InstagramInfo about applying to BucknellBuild a Bucknell Custom ViewbookLatest news for prospective studentsJAN. 15, 2022Early Decision II applications, with completed Early Decision Agreement form, and Regular Decision applications must be submitted.CSS Profile financial aid application is due (Bucknell CSS code 2050) for Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants.Enrollment deposits due for students admitted through Early Decision I.

    • 20 min
    Episode 25: Preparing for Your First Semester

    Episode 25: Preparing for Your First Semester

    When applying to college, so much of a high school student's experience is laser-focused on perfecting every step of the college application journey. As a freshman, you build your initial list of schools you want to explore. As a junior, you begin visiting schools and reaching out to admissions offices. And as a senior, you wait with anticipation for good news.
    But the journey of preparing for college doesn't end with an acceptance packet.
    There's a whole new set of challenges — and opportunities — once you arrive at college for your first semester. In this episode of College Admissions Insider, we'll dive into that exciting chapter.
    We'll answer questions like: What is new student orientation really like? How does a first-year student make friends, find their classes and get help if they need it? And what can high school students do right now to prepare themselves for their first semester?
    Our guest is Adrienne Jensen-Doray, Bucknell's director of first-year experience and orientation.
    Read a transcript for this episode
    If you have a question, comment or idea for a future episode, email podcast@bucknell.edu.
    Links:
    Plan a visit to BucknellLearn more about Bucknell's locationUndergraduate admission requirements@iamraybucknell, our student-run InstagramInfo about applying to BucknellBuild a Bucknell Custom ViewbookLatest news for prospective studentsJAN. 15, 2022Early Decision II applications, with completed Early Decision Agreement form, and Regular Decision applications must be submitted.CSS Profile financial aid application is due (Bucknell CSS code 2050) for Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants.Enrollment deposits due for students admitted through Early Decision I.

    • 22 min

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Love this podcast! The hosts do such a good job covering a variety of topics. Their guests offer awesome advice as well. I would recommend this show to anyone looking to learn more about college admissions and Bucknell!

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As a parent of a senior in high school , this podcast was helpful in providing tips for virtual ideas to get to know the schools, when visiting them isn’t a possibility during COVID.
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