“Admissions Beat,” the popular podcast developed and hosted by Lee Coffin, vice chancellor for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid, opens its second season this week with new episodes aimed at helping high school students and their families find, select and enroll in colleges or universities that suit them best.
“I launched this conversation series shortly after COVID-19 limited admissions travel and all kinds of face-to-face conversations with students, parents, and school counselors,” says Coffin.
“As the first in my family to attend college, I was concerned that applicants worldwide would lose access to the personalized practical advice they need to confidently navigate the world of a selective college, as information sessions were canceled and were advisory offices closed. receptions. So instead of going on the road, I learned to be a podcaster.”
The silver lining, Coffin says, is that podcasting has allowed him and his guests to reach far more listeners than they can meet at face-to-face events.
In the early episodes of his podcast, originally titled “The Search,” the pandemic often presented conundrums to potential applicants. For example, students and parents or guardians wondered: How could a student evaluate a campus without visiting it in person? Since standardized testing is now optional at many colleges, should they still submit the SAT or ACT as part of the application if possible? How could one excel in the arts, athletics, and other extracurricular activities if most personal activities were cut off? And what should they write about in their essays?
My goal with the podcasts is always to offer reassurance and practical guidance to families going through what can seem like a daunting journey.
Lee Coffin, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
In 2021, “The Search” was followed by “Admissions Beat,” a “news you can use” podcast focusing on admissions news and showcasing college access strategies as policies and priorities have changed.
Now that some of the COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted, “Admissions Beat” will map the changing landscape, starting with a review called “A Back-to-School Primer for Seniors,” in which Coffin is interviewed by Jacques Steinberg ’88, a former The New York Times reporter and author Gatekeepers: Inside the Premier College Admissions Processand co-author College Talk: A Practical Companion for Parents Guiding Their Children on the Path to Higher Education.
Updated encore shows from “The Search” and the first season of “Admissions Beat” will provide the latest news and advice on financial aid, essay writing and transcripts. The season will conclude in late November with an episode that will debunk college admissions myths and suggest ways to meet looming deadlines.
“When I talk openly with other deans, admissions officers, counselors, students and parents, my goal is always to offer reassurance to families going through what can seem like a daunting journey,” says Coffin.
Lee Coffin, vice chancellor for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid, was the first in his family to attend the college. (Photo: Don Hamerman)
“Especially in the Ivy League, there is a dangerous misconception that the selection process is random and unpredictable. It’s not true. Applying to university – even in a highly competitive environment – should be a series of thoughtful, deliberate steps that begin with thinking deeply about who you are and what you most want from the next chapter of your life.”
By the end of May, “Admissions Beat” had more than 21,000 plays on Apple Podcast. The podcast is available on many other platforms, as well as on the website of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
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