46 episodes

Applying for college is more complex and often times more confusing than it used to be. In addition, there are so many resources out there. How do you know which is the right one? The best one? Shouldn't everyone have access to the best information out there, regardless of price?

That's what we believe! We believe in giving everyone their best chance by providing them with real insight from the college admissions industry. On this podcast, we share real and relevant topics in college admissions to provide you with a fresh perspective and truly actionable takeaways that you can use as you prepare to apply for college.

We look forward to answering your questions and assisting you on your college admissions journey!

College Admissions with Mark and Anna Anna Ren, Mark Hofer

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    • 4.4 • 13 Ratings

Applying for college is more complex and often times more confusing than it used to be. In addition, there are so many resources out there. How do you know which is the right one? The best one? Shouldn't everyone have access to the best information out there, regardless of price?

That's what we believe! We believe in giving everyone their best chance by providing them with real insight from the college admissions industry. On this podcast, we share real and relevant topics in college admissions to provide you with a fresh perspective and truly actionable takeaways that you can use as you prepare to apply for college.

We look forward to answering your questions and assisting you on your college admissions journey!

    Permission to Feel and College Admissions with Dr. Marc Brackett

    Permission to Feel and College Admissions with Dr. Marc Brackett

    Join Mark and Anna as they talk about the importance of acknowledging, expressing, and utilizing emotions with Dr. Marc Brackett, the author of Permission to Feel, and the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University.

    • 50 min
    College for the Musically Inclined with Dave Best

    College for the Musically Inclined with Dave Best

    Do you have a talented musician who wants to pursue their passion for it in college? Have questions on how to best prepare for the music college admissions process? Join Mark and Anna as they speak to Dave Best, Founder of Best College Consulting where they orchestrate the college search for talented students.

    • 51 min
    COVID 2020 vs. College Essay

    COVID 2020 vs. College Essay

    College essays have always been an important part of the college application process; however, this year—the year that COVID arrived and stayed for a while—provides a perfect storm for buoying up the importance of the college essays.

    Join Mark and Anna as they discuss tips on what to cover in your essays this admission season, if and when you should utilize the Covid essay prompt and more!

    • 36 min
    Starting Early: The Long-View Set Up

    Starting Early: The Long-View Set Up

    College consultants often get asked “How early do you start working with students in the college application process?” This question almost always comes from parents. Sometimes they are just curious, but increasingly, they are serious. Can, should, their 8th grader start preparing for college applications?

    Join Mark and Anna as they tackle when a good time to start preparing for college, why starting too early can be bad, but also what pieces you can start focusing on so you aren't in the 'missed the boat' scenario for certain rare situations. From testing to courses and intellectual exploration, Mark and Anna tackle how some students can start preparing for college like a marathon in a healthy manner.

    • 49 min
    College Admissions in the Time of Covid

    College Admissions in the Time of Covid

    What a strange and unprecedented time this is. Schools—ALL schools—are closed for what will be months. This can provide a lot of uncertainty about our education system for 2020 – 2021. This is really stressful if you are a junior, or senior. Although these are things we don’t know, and we can’t control…what can students control? Join Mark and Anna as they cover what students can focus on during this time, especially as colleges and universities go test-optional. They cover essays, brag sheets, and more in their take on how to get a start on the college admissions process during Covid.

    • 53 min
    How to Win Scholarships for College

    How to Win Scholarships for College

    Ever hear that crazy story of how someone wins a ton of money for college? Even when they already have money and didn't qualify for financial aid? Or have you heard stories of how some families can't afford college because colleges didn't provide them enough money to attend? If so, you're in luck, because Anna and Mark will be chatting with Monica Matthews, the author of How to Win College Scholarships, to talk about how families can earn money for college through private scholarships.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Buddy and Kylie ,

Excellent College Admissions Podcast

I have been listening to Anna and Mark’s podcast for the past year. Each episode is chock-full of helpful information for parents and students. Both Anna and Mark are knowledgeable and encouraging. They help take the stress out of the college admissions process. Highly recommend!

ericachorley ,

Great advice

We can't afford a paid college advisor. I feel like this has been the next best thing. When my son does not want to hear my point of view, I put this podcast on. Hoping he takes the advice given.

CJ Hokama ,

Coast2Coast

Wow, Anna Ren is a great interviewer and she sets the tone of this podcast to not only be educational and informative, but also personal and conversational which I totally resonated with. She really knows her space. The key takeaways: Reducing your anxiety levels and knowing that there are so many options available that you can explore that will best suit you as a student. Definitely changed my perception about college admissions for the better!

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