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College Admissions with Dean of Admissions, Dr. Don Martin

If you are working on college admissions or are interested in knowing what admissions officers at universities are seeking in a prospective student, this episode of Express Yourself!™ is a must listen. Ruhani, a high school senior, and Keerthi, an eighth grader, interview the eternally knowledgeable and down-to-earth Dr. Don Martin, former Dean of Admissions/Financial Aid, and Dean of Students at Columbia University, The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Wheaton College. Dr. Don wrote the book Road Map for Graduate Study: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students and shares his years of experience and expertise with our hosts. He answers a plethora of questions ranging from what the biggest mistakes applicants make to when is the best time to start thinking about applying to colleges. Dr. Don emphasizes the importance of authenticity, truthfulness, and busts the myth about colleges looking for the “perfect” student. Ruhani peppers the conversation with questions every teen applicant wants to know such as how critical are SAT and ACT scores, the importance of recommendations, and how to write an excellent essay. Keerthi provides another humorous segment with Nerd Extraordinaire talking about facets of debate and how as a 13 year-old eighth grader she knows absolutely nothing about college admissions! Enjoy the show and learn!

Bio: Dr. Don Martin

Dr. Don Martin, a former columnist for US NEWS & World Report Magazine, spent 28 years in graduate enrollment and student services. He was Dean of Admissions/Financial Aid and Dean of Students at Columbia University, The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Wheaton College (IL) He earned an earned master’s degree (1983) and Ph.D. (1995) Dr. Don wrote and published Road Map for Graduate Study: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students in 2008 (2nd edition in 2018) as well as an International Student supplement for Road Map. He has coached over 600 undergraduate and graduate school applicants in the past 14 years, with a 97% acceptance rate and over $16 million in scholarship funding. Dr. don Martin is renowned around the world for his authentic and caring work with students. He has made presentations throughout North America, Europe, and Asia to help students understand the admissions process.

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