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[MOVED] Getting In: Your College Admissions Companion

For millions of American teenagers and their parents, adolescence is increasingly defined by one all-consuming goal: Getting into the right college. “Getting In” is a real-time podcast following a diverse group of New York-area high school seniors through the exhilarating and harrowing process of applying to college. The series is hosted by Julie Lythcott-Haims, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University and author of “How to Raise an Adult.” The season will chronicle all the important steps along the way, from applications to (we hope) acceptances. The students will get advice from a stellar panel of experts, including former admissions officials from schools such as Princeton and UVA, and from experienced high school guidance counselors. The experts will also answer listeners’ questions. Nothing can remove the stress and uncertainty of the modern college application process, but “Getting In” aims to provide both teens and their parents with the kind of knowledgeable companionship that will at least make them feel they’re not alone.
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Jan 28, 2016

Host Julie Lythcott-Haims looks into the world of serious performing arts applicants. If you're a committed musician, actor, singer, or dancer who wants to keep studying that art form in college or at a conservatory, the admissions path has a few more hurdles. We'll hear updates from two Getting In seniors with a passion for music and theater: Jordana Meyer in Maryland and Alessandra LePera in New Jersey. Alessandra is deep into preparation for her auditions for various theater programs.

Special guest Doug Long, a college counselor at Interlochen Arts Academy, a boarding school in Michigan, shares advice high school seniors can use right now as they head into auditions in the coming weeks. And he offers lots of tips for juniors, including arts scholarship ideas and specialized college fair resources.

And we have a fresh update from Getting In senior Jonathan Diaz, a first-generation college applicant. In December he applied "Early Decision II" to Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. Jonathan told us that the college notified him earlier this month. Listen to find out what happened.


Find us on Twitter: @GettingInPod
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Getting In is supported by Squarespace, helping students create online portfolios and personal websites that show colleges who they are and what they can do. Learn more at Squarespace.com/gettingin

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com.
Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/college and use the promo code COLLEGE.

Jan 22, 2016

This week the Harvard Graduate School of Education issued a report that called for sweeping changes in the college admissions process. Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and Getting In expert Steve LeMenager talk about the report's highlights-- which emphasized authentic community service and aimed to de-emphasize the importance of AP courses and standardized test scores.

Steve is the president of Edvice, a college counseling firm. He was previously a director of admissions at Princeton University.

Plus, Julie and Steve answer listener questions. One listener suggests applicants look into ROTC programs and the GI Bill as a way to finance college. And a mom in Florida wonders what the right fit for her son might be when he has so many interests and aptitude across science, humanities, music, and language.

There are lots of ways to send us questions and comments:

Follow us on Twitter: @GettingInPod

Send us an email or voice memo to gettingin@slate.com

Or, call our hotline and leave a message at (929) 999-4353

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com.
Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/college and use the promo code COLLEGE.

Jan 15, 2016

By now most high school seniors have submitted their applications, but there may still be one final step happening in the next several weeks: an interview. Getting In Expert Parke Muth and host Julie Lythcott-Haims say the interview is less about lists of accomplishments and much more about authentic conversation.

Parke also describes a bit of the backstory behind the influx of elite applicants from China, India, Korea, and Singapore and the challenges they face. Though test-taking is not one of them. If you think the high school with the highest average SAT scores is in the United States, think again.

Plus, Julie and Parke answer listener questions. How do you ask an admissions office for a gap year or deferral after you've received a generous scholarship offer? And, when visiting a college campus for the first time-- what's the most important thing you can do or ask?

There are lots of ways to send us questions and comments:

Follow us on Twitter: @GettingInPod

Send us an email or voice memo to gettingin@slate.com

Or, call our hotline and leave a message at (929) 999-4353

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com.
Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/college and use the promo code COLLEGE.

Jan 8, 2016

With a new year come new challenges for high school seniors. While most college applications are complete and submitted, financial aid forms need attention right now. Getting In expert Josh Steckel explains the differences between the FAFSA and CSS forms. And he and host Julie Lythcott-Haims walk through some first steps students and families might take if they plan to apply for government and institutional aid.

Josh mentions a few resources that could be helpful for anyone navigating the maze of financial aid:
http://www.understandingfafsa.org/
http://www.collegegoalsundayusa.org/
http://www.finaid.org/about/

Josh is the college counselor at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative studies. He's also the author of Hold Fast to Dreams: A College Guidance Counselor, His Students, and the Vision of a Life Beyond Poverty, just out in paperback.

We also hear updates from some of our Getting In seniors about what they did over winter break-- from bouldering and rounds of golf to reveling in finishing applications and receiving acceptance letters from a couple more schools. Julie and Josh answer three listener questions. A mom asks: What resources are out there to help families fill out financial aid forms? Another parent asks: What steps should you take when your child applied early decision but has gotten zero communication from the college? And an eleventh grader asks: Should I enroll in community college and transfer to a four year college for the final two years of college?

There are lots of ways to send us questions and comments:

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Dec 31, 2015

Host Julie Lythcott-Haims asks expert Amy Young about what high school juniors should be thinking about at the beginning of 2016. Amy is the director of college counseling at Avenues, an independent school in New York City. She says if a high school junior is feeling overwhelmed or uninterested, a good first step is to visit a college campus-- it really helps a student get excited about the process.

Julie and Amy answer listener questions from a parent about the value pre-college summer programs for high school students. And an AP History teacher wonders if it's a red flag to college admissions officers when AP History students do not take the AP exam.

Send questions, comments, and follow us on Twitter @GettingInPod

Send us an email or voice memo to gettingin@slate.com

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Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com.
Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/college and use the promo code COLLEGE.

Dec 24, 2015

Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and expert Amy Young look back on how the seniors at Avenues fared during the early decision round. Amy is the director of college counseling at Avenues, an independent school in New York City. She highlights the acceptances to excellent under-the-radar schools like Wheaton College and Elon.

Julie and Amy answer listener questions from parents about how to approach the college admission process when their children have ADHD and other learning differences. And with the College Board introducing a redesigned SAT next spring, a parent wonders whether her daughter should sign up to take the old version in January or the new version in March.

Send questions, comments, and follow us on Twitter @GettingInPod

Send us an email or voice memo to gettingin@slate.com

Or, call our hotline and leave a message at (929) 999-4353

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com.
Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/college and use the promo code COLLEGE.

Dec 18, 2015

For high school seniors who completed early decision and early action applications this fall, this past week was prime-time for getting notified about those applications. Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and expert Parke Muth get updates from three of Getting In's seniors.

Muth worked for nearly thirty years at the University of Virginia as an admissions officer and dean, he's now an independent college admissions counselor.

Getting In seniors Jordana Meyer, August Graves, and Ellis Wells all received early decision notifications this week. They share their news and begin to plot their next steps.

Plus, Julie and Parke answer a listener question from a dad who wonders whether Emory -- his son's first choice school with a $60,000/year price tag-- is worth it, given that his son's second choice school is Florida State with a $17,000 yearly fee.

Send questions, comments, and follow us on Twitter @GettingInPod

Send us an email or voice memo to gettingin@slate.com

Or, call our hotline and leave a message at (929) 999-4353

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com.
Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/college and use the promo code COLLEGE.

Dec 11, 2015

Getting In senior Jonathan Diaz is a first-generation college applicant and he's grappling with some big questions. Should he leave his family? And wherever he gets in...will it be affordable? The support Jonathan is getting from his high school college office is critical and host Julie Lythcott-Haims gives us a closer look at Jonathan's progress this fall.

We meet Jonathan's mother, Candida, a home health attendant and we listen in on a pivotal meeting Jonathan has with his college counselor Josh Steckel as he begins to nail down his list of schools.

Josh Steckel, Jonathan's counselor at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, is also the author of Hold Fast to Dreams: A College Guidance Counselor, His Students, and the Vision of a Life Beyond Poverty.

Send us an email or voice memo--to gettingin@slate.com
Or, call our hotline and leave a message at (929) 999-4353.

Getting In is supported by Squarespace, helping students create online portfolios and personal websites that show colleges who they are and what they can do. Learn more at Squarespace.com/gettingin

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com.
Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/college and use the promo code COLLEGE.

Dec 4, 2015

Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and expert Steve LeMenager, president of Edvice, and independent college counseling firm and a former director of admission at Princeton, answer listener questions.

A mom whose daughter has applied early decision to an Ivy, wonders-- if her daughter gets deferred-- what kinds of actions can be taken to stand out in the regular pool. A high school junior asks if skipping 12th grade to attend an early college program is a good idea. And a dad wonders how to find top colleges not in the popular top-20 that would be a good fit for his high achieving daughter.

Plus updates from Getting In seniors Jonathan Diaz, Ellis Wells, and Jordana Meyer. Jonathan gets a welcome bump in his SATs. And early December can be an anxious time for students awaiting early decision notifications, but Jordana and Ellis are finding ways to escape the stress.

Send us an email or voice memo--to gettingin@slate.com
Or, call our hotline and leave a message at (929) 999-4353.

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com.
Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/college and use the promo code COLLEGE.

Nov 24, 2015

Guest host Amy Young, director of college counseling at Avenues New York, and expert Parke Muth answer listener questions. For nearly 30 years Muth worked in the admissions office and as a dean at UVA. He's now a private consultant on the college admission process.

A mother in Portland wonders why some students get interviews and others don't. A sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh, his back-up college, wonders if it's worthwhile to transfer to a more selective school. And a father in Virginia, exploring options for his daughter, is curious about "guaranteed admission" programs to top state universities after attending community college for two years.

Send us an email or voice memo--to gettingin@slate.com
Or, call our hotline and leave a message at (929) 999-4353.

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com.
Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/college and use the promo code COLLEGE.

Nov 19, 2015

Guest host Amy Young, director of college counseling at Avenues New York, helps Getting In senior August Graves refine her list of schools and makes some practical suggestions about what needs to be listed in the Common Application.

And expert Parke Muth joins Amy to answer a listener question from a homeschooled teenager in Texas. The teen wonders how to describe his unique high school coursework -- designed and taught by his father--on a college application.

Plus an update from Getting In senior Alessandra LePera. She's scrambling to make her December 1st deadlines after a health setback this past week.

Send us an email or voice memo--to gettingin@slate.com
Or, call our hotline and leave a message at (929) 999-4353.

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com.
Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/college and use the promo code COLLEGE.

Nov 12, 2015

Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and Amy Young, director of college counseling at Avenues answer listener questions. A father wonders if colleges are truly need blind. An expat in Italy suggests that American families seriously consider the much more affordable option of college abroad. And a mom raising her daughters overseas asks how colleges view kids coming out of international schools and International Baccalaureate programs.

Plus some of our Getting In seniors update us on all the tests they've been retaking this fall.

Send us an email or voice memo--to gettingin@slate.com
Or, call our hotline and leave a message at (929) 999-4353.

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com.
Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/college and use the promo code COLLEGE.

Nov 5, 2015

Julie Lythcott-Haims, and college counselors Parke Muth, and Steve LeMenager answer listener questions. A parent asks what "demonstrating interest" really means beyond visiting campuses and opening emails from colleges of interest. And a mom wonders if a high school's low average SAT score could affect her child's admission chances.

Plus one of our Getting In seniors tells us what it's like to totally complete an application and "click submit."

Send us an email or voice memo--to gettingin@slate.com
Or, call our hotline and leave a message at (929) 999-4353.

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com.
Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/college and use the promo code COLLEGE.

Oct 29, 2015

Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and Parke Muth, formerly a dean and an admission officer at the University of Virginia, answer two listener questions. A mother of a high achieving student wonders which colleges offer full-ride merit scholarships. And a teacher asks if students at elite high schools really do end up competing more with each other versus the total applicant pool, when applying to select colleges.

Plus we get updates from some of our seniors about their Halloween plans and what they're doing that has nothing to do with the grind of applications and schoolwork.

Send us an email or voice memo--to gettingin@slate.com
Or, call our hotline and leave a message at (929) 999-4353.

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com.
Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/college and use the promo code COLLEGE.

Oct 23, 2015

Host Julie Lythcott-Haims checks in with our seniors who have decided to submit early applications. Josh Steckel, college counselor at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative and the author of Hold Fast to Dreams, breaks down all the terminology surrounding early applications. August Graves makes a last minute decision to apply early to her first choice college. And Josh shares strategies with August to make sure she puts together the best application she can.

Plus we hear about the early applications being submitted by Alessandra LePera and Ellis Wells. And we meet the newest addition to our group of seniors, Jordana Meyer of Chevy Chase, MD, who's applying early decision to her favorite Ivy.

Send us an email or voice memo--to gettingin@slate.com
Or, call our hotline and leave a message at (929) 999-4353.

Getting In is supported by Squarespace, helping students create online portfolios and personal websites that show colleges who they are and what they can do. Learn more at Squarespace.com/gettingin

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com.
Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/college and use the promo code COLLEGE.

Oct 15, 2015

Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and Steve LeManager answer listener questions. Steve is a former director of admission at Princeton and the president of the private college counseling firm, Edvice.

We hear from a tenth grader in Texas who wonders if it's better to focus on a few activities or a lot of activities when it comes to building an extra-curricular profile. And we answer an email from a parent wondering how to assess a financial aid package when her child applies early decision. We also check in with Getting In senior August Graves and we meet a new addition to our group of high school seniors.

Send us an email or voice memo--to gettingin@slate.com
Or, call our hotline and leave a message at (929) 999-4353.

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com.
Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/college and use the promo code COLLEGE.

Oct 9, 2015

Host Julie Lythcott-Haims checks in with our group of seniors about how their college essays are coming along. The personal statement might be only 650 words, but these paragraphs have the power to make a student stand out to the admissions office, or get lost in the pack.

New Jersey twelfth-grader Alessandra LePera gets essay feedback from our expert Steve LeManager, a former director of admission at Princeton and the president of the private college counseling firm, Edvice. And we hear more essay-writing do's and don'ts from our panel of experts: private college counselor Parke Muth, Amy Young, director of college counseling at Avenues New York, and Josh Steckel, college counselor at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative and the author of Hold Fast to Dreams.

Send us an email or voice memo--to gettingin@slate.com
Or, call our hotline and leave a message at (929) 999-4353.

Getting In is supported by Squarespace, helping students create online portfolios and personal websites that show colleges who they are and what they can do. Learn more at Squarespace.com/gettingin

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com.
Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/college and use the promo code COLLEGE.

Oct 1, 2015

Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and expert Josh Steckel-- a college counselor at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies and the author of Hold Fast to Dreams-- answer listener questions.

The first question is from a parent who's child is applying early to a college that's "testing optional." She wonders if excluding test scores from the application could hurt her daughter's chances of acceptance. The second question is from a teacher who asks if recommendation letters are a waste of time.

Next week on Getting In: The College Essay.

Send us an email--or better yet, a voice memo--to gettingin@slate.com
Or, call our hotline and leave a message at (929) 999-4353.

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com.
Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/college and use the promo code COLLEGE.

Sep 24, 2015

Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and expert Amy Young, the director of college counseling at Avenues New York, answer listener questions.

The first question, from a 10th grader enrolled in an intense STEM program, wonders how she can appear appealing to a college with an arts and communications focus. The second question is from a parent who wonders whether colleges are more impressed by straight As in "regular" or honors courses or Bs in AP and more advanced classes. Plus, a sneak preview of our upcoming episode on crafting a great college essay.

Send us an email--or better yet, a voice memo--to gettingin@slate.com. Or, you can call our hotline and leave a message at 929-999-4353.

 

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/COLLEGE and use the promo code COLLEGE.

Sep 17, 2015

Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and expert Parke Muth answer listener questions. Plus, we hear how some of the parents of our twelfth graders are feeling as the school year begins.

Send us an email--or better yet, a voice memo--to gettingin@slate.com. Or, you can call our hotline and leave a message at 929-999-4353.

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/COLLEGE and use the promo code COLLEGE.

 

Sep 10, 2015

In this first episode, meet the panel of experts – former college admissions officers at elite colleges and universities and guidance counselors – who will help our group of New York-area seniors make their way through the college admissions process. You’ll hear from the students, too – about their hopes for college, and their anxieties about admissions just as they begin senior year.

 

Getting In is sponsored by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/COLLEGE

Sep 8, 2015

A new podcast coming soon from the Panoply network.