Admissions Officers Hannah and Mark share the complex and dynamic work happening inside the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The podcast gives firsthand accounts of how officers read applications, make decisions within the Admissions Committee, and collaborate with other offices and resources centers. Yale College receives more than 35,000 applications annually for a first-year class of 1,550 students. Hannah and Mark give an inside look into the strategies and processes that enable admissions officers to attract promising applicants from around the world, consider every applicant through a whole-person review process, and build a class filled with strong students from an amazingly diverse collection of backgrounds. Recorded inside the Office on Undergraduate Admissions on Hillhouse Ave., this new podcast pulls back the curtain to reveal some of Yale’s most fascinating and rewarding work.
Financial Aid 101
In many ways, college financial aid can be even more complicated and anxiety-provoking than college admissions. Financial aid officer Matt joins Hannah and Mark to provide a simple introduction to the four tenets of Yale’s financial aid program: need-blind admissions, need-based financial aid, holistic needs assessment, and a commitment to affordability. The officers share insights … Continue reading Financial Aid 101 →
The first in an occasional series. Admissions officer Reed joins Hannah and Mark to answer questions and address topics that listeners have sent to the Inside the Yale Admissions Office email account. Topics include seemingly taboo essay choices, the activities list, teacher recommendations, and when to contact your admissions officer.
Senior Year Questions & Answers
As they begin putting together college applications, high school seniors around the world will encounter unforeseen issues that can provoke concern and anxiety. Hannah, Mark, and Jill answer some of the most frequently asked questions from seniors, including questions that stem from situations that may seem unusual or unfortunate. The admissions officers explain how the … Continue reading Senior Year Questions & Answers →
The Activities Section
As part of the whole-person review process, the Yale Admissions Committee consider each applicant’s engagement with “extracurricular activities” – pursuits and commitments outside of typical academic work. Admissions officer Reed joins Hannah and Mark to discuss how application readers evaluate extracurricular activities and how applicants can stand out in this part of the application. The … Continue reading The Activities Section →
The second installment in an occasional miniseries. Hannah, Mark, and Jill review and debunk six more persistent myths about the admissions process. For each myth, they identify a small kernel of truth while explaining why the myth is inaccurate. Topics include international admissions, course scheduling, and essay choices.
The Choices Game
In the process of putting together their applications, students make countless choices. To help applicants understand which choices are more or less likely to help their candidacies, Hannah and Mark invite their colleague John to join in a game of up-voting and down-voting common application choices. While none of these choices will make or break … Continue reading The Choices Game →
First off, I love this! My dream college is Yale! This gives me a good perspective of Yale! Thank you so much for making this! I want to go to Yale school of medicine. I’m just wondering if you could talk about it.. Thank you again!
Must Listen for college counselors
I’m so grateful for this podcast Inside Yale Admissions and appreciate Mark and Hannah advocating for it against doubts from the administration! I love how Mark and Hannah interject empathy by understanding the struggles of writing a college essay and fun by referring to movies!
background music is…too much
The background music is really out of place and unnecessary. It has a bad quality and cheap feel, with no production value added. It takes listeners’ attention away from the interesting content. So one star off, otherwise a five star podcast.