Admission insider’s guide to getting into college;

Vanderbilt’s associate provost for enrollment answers real-life questions and gives practical advice

Douglas Christiansen is Vanderbilt University‘s associate provost for enrollment and dean of admissions. He’s spent the last 20 years in admissions leadership roles in both public and private universities. Now he’s using his expertise to give students practical advice on what they can do to get into the right college, in hopes of clearing some of the mystery and misconceptions surrounding the admissions process.

In a series of short and direct video clips, Christiansen tackles questions such as, “How should I prepare for my college essay—what if I’m not the greatest writer?” “My parents have decent jobs, but we haven’t saved much for college. What are my chances of getting financial aid?” “As an admissions insider, what tips can you give to help me sound my best in my application?”

Christiansen also talks about when extracurricular activities can actually hurt an applicant and how to ease the stress surrounding the admissions process.

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