#062 – Misinformation about college admissions is widespread and constant. And, although poor and downright wrong information is often circulated with the best of intentions, it has the potential of taking you down a path that does not help your college goals.
On this episode, I uncover the truth behind six popular myths, having to do with preparing and applying to highly selective colleges and universities, the affordability of a private college education, school rankings, the role that legacy and networking play in college admissions, whether some people simply cannot succeed in college, and the value of community colleges.
Using a combination of personal experience, the use of reputable outside resources, and examples, I outline the facts that debunk those myths. Some contain pockets of truth, while others are vehemently false.
My hope is that by understanding these prevalent myths, you can accurate decisions and take the steps that will get you closer to achieving your college admission goals.
Links used on this episode:
NY Times Article: “Top Colleges Are Cheaper Than You Think (Unless You’re Rich),” By David Leonhardt
Revisionist History Podcast, hosted by renown author Malcolm Gladwell:
Season 6, Episode 3 (Part 2 of the Conversation About the U.S. News & World Report College Rankings): “Project Dillard”
Season 6, Episode 2 (Part 1 of the Conversation About the U.S. News & World Report College Rankings): "Lord of the Rankings"
CMP Episode 10: How to Choose a College That Is a Good Fit for You. Questions About Location
CMP Episode 11: How to Choose a College That Is a Good Fit for You. Questions About Academics, Admission Requirements, Degrees Offered, Student Population Size, Student-Faculty Ratio, Class Size, Research Opportunities, Academic Support, and More
CMP Episode 13: How to Choose a College That Is a Good Fit for You. Questions About Campus Culture, Social Life, Housing, Extracurricular Activities, and Campus Safety
CMP Episode 49: The Truth About College Admissions. There are Different Types of Colleges for “All” High School Graduates, Regardless of Academic or College Preparation. [Columbia U., Boston College, University of Oregon, Southwestern U., and Miami Dade College]
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