8 Podcasts for Students Going Through the Admissions Process
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.