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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.


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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:

Follow us on Twitter: @GettingInPod

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