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Nov 16, 2018 Video Weekly Edventure

Weekly Edventure #12: Demystifying College Admission

Through Logan Powell's experience serving as Director of Undergraduate Admission at Princeton University + 5 years at Harvard University’s admission staff, his insider access to understanding the anatomy of a typical college application helps students find the right post-secondary education fit.

Stephanie LaMont + Adam French


We live in an era where students are consumed by checklists: taking the SATs, navigating GPAs, and designing a schedule to fit all of their extracurriculars in any given Wednesday. These checklists distract students from the essence of what applying to college is supposed to be — which, at its core, isn't about getting into the "best" school. It's about getting into the best school for you.

College admissions is not about SAT scores, it’s not about grades… It’s focusing on the holistic college application process.

Logan Powell, Dean of Admission at Brown University and EXPLO College Advisor, sat down with us to demystify what happens behind the closed door of a college admission panel.

Admittance rates [and] acceptance rates have gone down at selective schools all over the country and around the world and that really drives up the pressure on students.

Through his experience serving as Director of Undergraduate Admission at Princeton University, Senior Associate Dean of Admission at Bowdoin College, and five years as a member of Harvard University’s admission staff, Powell's insider access to understanding the anatomy of a typical college application helps students find the right post-secondary education fit year after year.




Here are some really interesting (and some just fun) links that we have been recently indulging in to learn more about the college admission process.

  • In the book "Don’t Go Back to School", Kio Stark draws on over 100 interviews with independent learners who say that passing on traditional education and college degrees was the best choice they ever made 
  • Talk about trying to stay well-balanced! Check out this history of the food pyramid and some of the weird USDA’s nutrition guidelines that date all the way back to 1894

And for a shameless plug: our new 10-step guide will help you demystify the summer camp search process.



EXPLO has assembled an impressive team of experts to oversee our college preparatory offerings. Through optional courses and seminars, these experts advise and guide our students in various aspects of the college search and application processes.

  • Advisor: Join expert college educational consultant Don McMillan to learn about the changing landscape of American admissions at highly competitive college and universities
  • Weekday Trip:  Explore nearby universities and get a sense for campus life in the northeast at Brown University, Columbia University, Harvard University, MIT, or Princeton University
  • WorkshopYou want your standardized test scores to show your potential as a student — and nothing is more frustrating than an SAT score that doesn’t reflect the kind of student you know you are. Break down standardized testing during our Princeton Review workshop.
  • Program: It’s not about getting into the best school — it’s about figuring what important to you. At EXPLO, you'll find yourself; you'll learn about your own likes and dislikes, and have a better understanding of where you and your future fit in your post-secondary plans.


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Stephanie LaMont + Adam French

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