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Dec. 23, 2019

8 Podcasts for Students Going Through the Admissions Process

8 Podcasts for Students Going Through the Admissions Process

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Podcasts can offer a wealth of information to busy students, particularly when it comes to the college admissions process. We've rounded up a list of eight helpful college admissions podcasts, according to school counselors and admissions officers.


Inside the Admissions Office: Advice from Former Admissions Officers

The podcast features interviews from former admissions officers, graduates from top universities and admissions experts. Recent episodes have included "An Admission's Officers Final Tips Before You Hit Submit" and "An Admissions Officer's Thoughts on Early Decision and Early Action."

"The Crush" Podcast

Davin Sweeney describes his podcast "The Crush" this way: "I think this nicely sums up the way most people feel about the college admissions process and the college experience itself. We fall into a deep infatuation with a potential future alma mater, maybe even many, and work ourselves into ulcerous, sleepless fits trying to find a way to get them to notice us and give us a chance." Sweeney has been an admissions counselor and is currently a college counselor.

Getting In: A College Coach Conversation

Hosted by Elizabeth Heaton, founder of College Coach, weekly podcasts include topics such as paying for college, mental health issues in college, trends in merit and financial aid and taking a gap year.

Your College Bound Kid

The podcast was originally based on Mark Stucker's book, 171 Answers: to the Most-Asked College Admissions Questions, which centered around the queries Stucker receives as a college admissions counselor. Stucker wrote the book and co-hosts the Your College Bound Kid podcast, along with co-host Anika Madden, a writer, blogger and mom of three who has seen the college admissions process with her own children.

College Admissions Decoded

Created by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the membership association for school counselors and college admissions officers, this podcast features interviews with NACAC member-experts to help demystify the college admission process or students and their families.

Future U

The Future U podcast was created by Jeff Selingo, author of College UnBound and There Is Life After College, and Michael Horn, author of Choosing College. Select episodes include topics such as community college innovation and "the game of student loans."

The College Essay Guy Podcast

Ethan Sawyer, known as the College Essay Guy and author of College Essay Essentials: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Successful College Admissions Essay, has hosted 214 episodes of this podcast. Recent episodes have included diverse topics such as advice for homeschooled students and financial tips for international students.

Get Schooled by Reeves and Ford

Chris Reeves has been a public school counselor for more than 20 years and is a co-host with Joel Ford for the Get Schooled by Reeves and Ford podcast. Recent episodes have covered the college admission scandal, AP vs. dual credit, and "The Great Liberal Arts Debate."

Whatever your listening style, there is sure to be at least one podcast — or more — that can give you more in-depth information about college admissions as you go through the process.

Written by

Elena Loveland

Elena Loveland

Elena Loveland has been a writer and editor covering higher education and college admissions for 18 years and is the author of Creative Colleges: Finding the Best Programs for Aspiring Artists, Designers, Dancers, Musicians, Writers, and More. Creative Colleges has earned recognition in the College Bound Teen, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Gate and U.S. News and World Report's Annual College Guide. Loveland has spoken at the Independent Educational Consultants Association and the University of the Arts, as well as several high schools about college admission for creative students. She has worked for the National Association for College Admission Counseling as editor of the Journal of College Admission and for NAFSA: Association of International Educators as editor-in-chief of International Educator magazine. As an independent journalist, Loveland.s work has appeared in numerous publications such as American Careers, Dance Teacher, Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education, International Educator, Pointe, Teen Vogue, University Business and the U.S. News & World Report's Annual College Guide, among several others. She has a master's degree in English and has been an adjunct instructor at three higher education institutions. Loveland provides private college admissions consulting to families upon request. She lives in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

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