College Admissions Decoded

Created by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, every episode features insiders from the world of admissions breaking down the facts, myths, and rules of engagement for today's college landscape.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 26m. Bisher sind 23 Folge(n) erschienen. .

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 10 hours 58 minutes


episode 1: Stressed Out: The Pandemic’s Effect on the Mental Health of Students Applying to College

Multiple studies have shown that the coronavirus crisis has made us more depressed, anxious, and stressed. Students are not immune from these effects, particularly when they are juggling other stressors, including the college admission process...


 2021-03-09  22m

episode 12: Why College Late Bloomers Are Special

Though many of us find a linear path from high school to college, that is not the case for a set of students whose life circumstance, economic realities, and ambitions lead them on slightly different paths to higher education. This episode is all about the late bloomers among us who come at college from a wide range of experiences and with their own unique advantages.

College Admissions Decoded is sponsored by NACAC's National College Fairs...


 2020-05-14  26m

episode 11: What Do College Rankings Really Mean?

Various magazines, websites, and listicles publish their college rankings every year, generating a lot of anxiety from college-bound students and their families. But what are they really telling you? Should these rankings have any influence on what college you choose? And, why do they generate such anxiety?  Our panel of experts from the National Association for College Admission Counseling will take a closer look: Earl Macam, college counselor at Mary Institute/St...


 2020-04-16  21m

episode 10: Understanding Financial Aid Award Letters

So you—or your child—got accepted to college. Congratulations! But now the financial aid award letter arrives. What does it mean? How much aid are you really receiving? What if it’s not enough? Will you have to pay it all back? This discussion aims to clear up some of the many mysteries about financial aid letters...


 2020-03-26  23m

episode 9: How Families Can Talk About Paying for College

There’s almost too much information available about students finding a college with the right “fit” academically and socially, but what about the right financial fit?  What’s the difference between a college’s “sticker price” and the actual cost of attendance? What kinds of financial assistance are available to students and their families, and from where?  How much debt is okay? And when should families begin talking about paying for college?  

In this frank and pragmatic conversation,...


 2020-02-20  26m

episode 8: Demystifying the College Transfer Process: What Students and Families Need to Know

Experts say that as many as 40 percent of today’s students transfer to another institution at least once during their college careers. They choose to transfer in order to lower their college costs, find the right academic program, restart and return to college after a break, and a range of other reasons...


 2020-01-21  26m

episode 7: What Colleges Are Looking For: Facts & Myths About the Application Process

The college admission process can be long, bewildering and anxiety-producing for students and their families.  Many are looking for the secret formula for getting admitted to the “right” school where a student can grow, learn and thrive...


 2019-12-10  29m

episode 6: Avoiding the Parent Trap: A Common-Sense Approach to College Admission

In this episode, admission experts—from both the high school and college sides of the desk—offer tips to help parents ensure their students remain the focus of the college admission process. The panelists discuss ways parents can help their children not only get into college but through it. Offering empathy and a common-sense approach to applying to college, the panelists share ways parents can be effective, supportive partners throughout the process...


 2019-11-20  25m

episode 5: SPECIAL EPISODE: “Fight for What Doesn’t Fit: Celebrating Students’ Identities, Interests, and Unique Qualities”

At the 2019 NACAC national conference in Louisville, Kentucky, Jabari Sellars, a middle and high school humanities teacher at the Sienna School in Silver Spring, Maryland, spoke of the unique interests and experiences of Gen-Z students, our most diverse generation yet. He called on college counselors and admission professionals to “fight for what doesn’t fit” in the standard college transcript...


 2019-10-30  35m

episode 4: College for Everyone: How College Counselors and Admissions Officers Can Get You There

In this episode, Jacques Steinberg, a member of the NACAC Board of Directors and the senior vice president for higher education and communications at Say Yes to Education and a former national education correspondent of The New York Times, welcomes Rafael Figueroa, dean of  college guidance at Albuquerque Academy and former admissions officer at Wesleyan University in Connecticut...


 2019-10-16  26m