Many people wonder what college admissions officers consider when reading an application. Through College Candids, admissions officers from around the country share their perspectives on important questions such as: What makes a good college essay? Do you have any advice for students who are applying to college? What kind of student is a good fit at your school?
We encourage you to take some time and listen to their responses for some keen insights into the college process and to learn about unique attributes of each school.
Babson College is a private business school in Wellesley, Massachusetts. In this video, Christina Hamilton, talks about the unique challenges (and opportunities!) for students conducting their college searches during COVID-19.
with Christina Hamilton, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission
Colby College is a small liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine. In this video, Kevin Phanor speaks about their “Jan Plan”, when every student is guaranteed an innovative experience either through an academic intensive, a global adventure, or a career-related opportunity.
with Kevin Phanor, Assistant Director of Admissions
A small liberal arts college located in New London, CT, Connecticut College incorporates both traditional majors and academic “pathways” which provide interdisciplinary themes to a student’s education. School pride and open-mindedness are among the topics Riley Hopkins shares as being markers of a good fit for Connecticut College.
with Riley Hopkins, Assistant Director of Admissions
Looking for a small liberal arts college a few hours away, where you’ll be encouraged to explore your diverse interests? Check out this clip about Elmira College, a school in upstate New York where you’ll be surrounded by passionate students, many of them also dedicated Division III athletes.
with TyLeslie Daloia (left), Senior Associate Director of Admissions, and Nolan Oxley (right), Assistant Director of Admissions
Elon University is a medium-sized liberal arts university with roughly 6,000 undergraduate students located in Elon, NC. Tyson Glover explains why it is okay to be undecided about your major and describes Elon students as “restless in all the right ways”.
with Tyson Glover, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Hear Jasmine Williams talk about Emerson, a liberal arts college for storytellers and change agents, located in the heart of Boston.
with Jasmine Williams, Admissions Counselor
High Point University
Located in High Point, NC, High Point University is a medium-sized school of approximately 4,500 undergraduate students. Among other things, High Point emphasizes teaching students life skills, and guarantees every student an internship.
with Karen Gerrior-Mariani, Associate Director of Regional Admissions
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University Maryland is a medium-sized Jesuit university located in Baltimore, MD. Admissions Counselor Clay Myers joins Campus Bound to discuss the Jesuit influence on campus and his advice for writing a strong college essay (hint: keep it simple, they read 60-80 applications a day!).
with Clay Myers, Admissions Counselor
A medium-sized liberal arts and research school, Marist College is located in Poughkeepsie, NY. In this College Candid, Milena Carrese, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions and proud Marist alum, discusses her alma mater, where students who contain multitudes will thrive.
with Milena Carrese, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
Northeastern University is a large research university located in Boston, MA with close to 14,000 undergraduate students. Katie Congdon touches on why urban universities pay close attention to student maturity when making admissions decisions. Hear Katie talk about what makes a college essay compelling even when it’s the last one read of the day and her thoughts about why students shouldn’t try to “game the system”.
with Katie Congdon, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Penn State University
Looking for a jumbo-sized university with school spirit for days? Want to choose from over 275 (!) majors? Learn more in this video about whether or not Penn State might be right for you.
with Jerica Shuck, Admissions Counselor
Providence College (PC), located in Providence, Rhode Island and is a medium-sized college with roughly 4,000 undergraduate students. PC, the only college in the country run by the Dominican Friars, puts a special emphasis on service to the community. In this clip, Amy Cembor and Diana Gingles discuss PC’s desire to recruit “very dynamic students” to this “Catholic school with a bit of a difference.”
with Diana Gingles, Associate Dean of Admission (left), and Amy Cembor, Senior Associate Dean of Admission (right)
Quinnipiac University is a medium-sized, pre-professional university located in Hamden, CT. Learn more about the advantages of a medium-sized school, why students should select an essay topic that makes them happy, and the importance of starting the college admissions process early.
with Timothy O’Sullivan, Associate Director of Admissions
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a private research university in Troy, New York, with additional campuses in Hartford and Groton, Connecticut. In this video, Karen Long gives practical advice to students searching for colleges during the pandemic.
with Karen Long, Director of Undergraduate Admission
Sacred Heart University
Learn more about Sacred Heart University, a school in Fairfield, Connecticut, where engaged students have a wide variety of options for community involvement.
with Elizabeth Bouchard, Admissions Counselor
Saint Anselm College
Saint Anselm College is a Benedictine liberal arts college in Goffstown, New Hampshire. In this video, Sean Racine, talks about why the college search is time for the student to lead the way (and a great first step you can take).
with Sean Racine, Associate Director of Admissions
Skidmore College is a small liberal arts college located in Saratoga Springs, NY with 2500 undergraduate students. In this video, Matt Cohen shares his views on why “Creative Thought Matters” at Skidmore, along with feedback about how much the college essay really matters in admissions.
with Matt Cohen, Senior Associate Director of Admissions “Skidmore Parent”
The New School
The New School has five colleges, including Eugene Lang (for the liberal arts), Parsons (for design), and the College of the Performing Arts. Located in Manhattan, you’ll get an urban and interdisciplinary education no matter what you study.
with Flynn Linehan, Assistant Director of Admission
Union College is a small school in upstate New York that really values one-on-one learning. Admissions representative Colleen Lovely talks about all the ways in which you can continue to virtually engage with admissions offices even during COVID.
with Colleen Lovely, Assistant Dean of Admission
Union is a small, private institution with approximately 2200 students. It prides itself on being a place where students can have both breadth and depth in their academic experience. In this clip, listen to Matt Malatesta, Union’s VP for Admissions, Financial Aid, and Enrollment, speak about how Union’s pedagogy prepares students for whatever unique job they land after graduation.
with Matt Malatesta, VP for Admissions, Financial Aid, and Enrollment
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a public research and land-grant university in Amherst, Massachusetts. It is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system. Listen as Jules Bannister reminds us: the pandemic is happening to everyone! Don’t panic if your application isn’t exactly how you expected it to be pre-COVID.
with Jules Bannister, Assistant Director of Admissions
University of Rochester
University of Rochester is a medium-sized research university with roughly 6,000 undergraduate students located in Rochester, NY. Listen as Michelle Vogl talks about the open curriculum at the University of Rochester, why it’s important to be yourself in your college essay, and what demonstrated interest means in college admissions.
with Michelle Vogl, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Michelle Vogl calls Rochester students “multi-dimensional.” If you have multiple interests and your intellectual curiosity drives you, Rochester might be a great fit for you. Learn more in this video!
with Michelle Vogl, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina is the public flagship university in South Carolina. It is a large research university located in Columbia, SC and has an undergraduate population of more than 25,000. Mike Pezzi’s advice for students starting the college process: start early, be intentional, and have fun with it.
with Mike Pezzi, New England Regional Representative of Admissions
University of Tampa
Looking to explore a college in the south? Check out the University of Tampa, a city campus with over 200 different areas of study available.
with Phoebe Perelman, Assistant Director of Admission
University of Vermont
Hear from Caitlin Ludke about Vermont’s flagship state university, a state school that fully welcomes out-of-state students.
with Caitlin Ludke , Assistant Director of Admissions
University of Vermont is a research institution of about 10,500 undergraduate students located in Burlington, VT. Caitlin Ludke and Erika Polner describe the lively UVM community and suggest that students not compare themselves to those applying to Ivy League schools but instead focus on the right process and fit for their needs.
with Caitlin Ludke, Assistant Director of Admissions and Erika Polner, Admissions Counselor
A medium-sized Roman Catholic institution, Villanova University is located in Villanova, Pennsylvania, 12 miles west of Center City Philadelphia. In this clip, Andy Halstead shares more about the school, including a discussion of Villanova’s dedication to three core Augustinian values: truth, unity, and love.
with Andy Halstead, Assistant Director of Admission