Legacy College Candids

While the college-specific videos below were created several years ago, they may still contain relevant information that high school students may find helpful. Our current, topic-focused videos can be found here.

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?

Our team is constantly learning about colleges and their admissions practices. Below is a sampling of clips from interviews we have conducted with a variety of colleges over the years. We encourage you to take some time to listen to their responses for keen insights into the college process and to learn about unique attributes of each school.

Babson College Colby College Connecticut College Elmira College Elon University Emory University Fairfield University High Point University Loyola University Maryland Marist College
New York University Northeastern University Penn State University Providence College Quinnipiac University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Sacred Heart University Saint Anselm College Skidmore College
Union College University of Massachusetts Amherst University of New Hampshire University of Rochester University of South Carolina University of Tampa University of Vermont Villanova University


Babson College

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

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

Connecticut College

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

Elmira College

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

Looking South? Elon is a great mid-sized university in North Carolina where you can explore your varied interests.

with Tim Boles, Admissions Counselor

Timothy Boles, Admissions Counselor at Elon University provides helpful tips for applying to college.

with Tim Boles, Admissions Counselor

Emory University

“Multifaceted, collaborative, and diverse” are the three words Emory University admissions officer Jetaun Davis uses to describe Emory’s students. If those resonate, learn more about Emory in this video.

with Jetaun Davis, Associate Dean of Admission

Jetaun Davis, Associate Dean of Admission at Emory University provides tips on writing and submitting supplemental essays.

with Jetaun Davis, Associate Dean of Admission

Fairfield University

Tim O’Connor, admissions counselor at Fairfield University, reminds us that it’s okay if you watched a few more meetings during COVID! Admissions counselors will understand.

with Tim O’Connor Admission Counselor

High Point University

Karen Gerrior-Mariani, Associate Director of Regional Admissions at High Point University, sits down with Campus Bound and discusses HPU’s emphasis on teaching students life skills.

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

Marist College

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

New York University

David Querusio of the NYU admissions office tells us about his large, urban institution, but also has some great advice about that “Why are you interested in our college?” question you’re going to encounter so much as you apply to schools.

with David Querusio, Assistant Director of Admissions

David Querusio of the NYU admissions office helps you answer the question “Why are you interested in our college?”.

with David Querusio, Assistant Director of Admissions

Northeastern University

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

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

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

Skidmore’s Senior Associate Director of Admissions says Skidmore is in the best Northeast college town you can find (Saratoga Springs). In this video, learn more about this liberal arts college which also has an exceptional performing arts program.

with Matt Cohen, Senior Associate Director of Admissions

Skidmore’s Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Matt Cohen, talks about visiting during COVID19. It is super easy to do a virtual visit and you should take advantage of this option.

with Matt Cohen, Senior Associate Associate Director of Admissions

Union College

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 New Hampshire

Looking for a public research university close to home with a focus on sustainability and innovation? UNH could be a great match. It’s a great day to be a Wildcat!

with Kaitlyn Connolly, Senior Assistant Director- Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Kaitlyn Connolly, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions discusses how UNH takes into account the changes from COVID19 that will affect your application.

with Kaitlyn Connolly, Senior Assistant Director- Office of Undergraduate 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


Villanova University

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

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