Ready for the truth about college admissions? IvyWise’s ‘Just Admit It!’ podcast features straightforward, practical and up-to-date higher ed information and college prep advice for students, families and educators around the world who are navigating the complex college admissions process. With over 300 years of combined admissions experience at some of the top institutions around the world, IvyWise’s college admissions experts know what it takes to get into your top-choice universities. From adapting to the current pandemic situation and brainstorming application essay topics, to building a balanced college list and planning for impactful summer breaks, our former Deans and Directors of admission tell it like it really is and provide insight into what universities are really looking for.
Semester 3: Episode 4: How can students start off the new school year on the right foot?
Amidst all the uncertainty during this busy back-to-school season, it might be hard for students to stay organized with their assignments and activities. In this episode, IvyWise college prep expert Christine (Former Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale and Georgetown) and IvyWise Executive Functioning Coaches Lorenza and Nicki share advice on how students can develop their time management, organizational and study skills in order to start off the new school year on the best note possible.
Semester 3: Episode 3: What do all the different application rounds mean?
Between Early Decision, Early Action, Restrictive Early Action, Single-Choice Early Action, Regular Decision and Rolling Admissions, there are numerous options for students to choose from when it comes to deciding which application rounds to submit their college applications in. In this episode, IvyWise college admissions experts Katie (Former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at MIT) and Krista (Former Assistant Director of Admissions at Johns Hopkins University) explain what each application round entails and offer advice on how students can build their own best-fit college application strategies.
Season 3: Episode 2: How do I write a great personal statement and supplemental essays?
Besides, grades and test scores, one of the most important elements of the college admissions rubric is the essay. While the Common App has the required personal statement essay, many universities also ask supplemental questions, which give admissions officers the chance to get to know more about the applicants. In this episode, IvyWise college admissions experts Zach (Former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Boston College) and Katie (Former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at MIT) offer advice on how to write a meaningful personal statement and impactful supplemental essays.
Semester 3: Episode 1: What is the Common App?
In the Semester 3 opener, IvyWise college admissions experts Katie (Former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at MIT) and Mike (Former Assistant Director of Admissions at Stanford) discuss different elements of the Common Application, including demographic info, essays, and the extracurricular activities section – and more! Drawing upon both personal and professional experiences with the platform, they share insight into how students can stand out to college admissions committees through the Common App.
Semester 2: Episode 11: How can parents help their students with the college prep process?
The college admissions process is complex to navigate, so it’s natural for parents to want to jump in and take control of the process in an effort to alleviate their students’ stress levels. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the process is a big step towards independence for students – so, parents need to take a step back while still offering support. In this episode, IvyWise College Admissions Experts Christine (Former Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale and Georgetown), Judy (Former Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Georgetown) and Meg (Former Associate Dean of Admission at Princeton University and Amherst College) offer their insight – from both professional and personal experiences! – into how parents can strike that balance.
Semester 2: Episode 10: The US versus UK University Admissions Process
For many secondary school students, one of the biggest decisions they have to make is where they want to pursue their higher education. In this episode, Christine (IvyWise Counselor and former Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale and Georgetown), Scott (IvyWise Counselor and former Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale), Martin (Founder of Campion College Consultancy and former Head of Careers and Higher Education at South Island School, Hong Kong) and Jenny (Keystone Tutors’ Regional Director of Asia) discuss the similarities and differences between the university admissions processes in the US and UK and share advice on what students need to consider when deciding where to apply.
Such a valuable resource for students, parents and educators!
I love this podcast! Each episode is packed with incredibly useful information in a way that is very easy to digest. Great college prep advice and higher ed insight! Very useful and practical tips for students, parents and educators alike. Thank you, IvyWise!
IvyWise does such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!
This is a great podcast. The content is really helpful. There were a few episodes with sound issues - it sounded like the speakers were taking big gulps of air which was distracting. The content is worth listening to so try to though.