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State of the Bay

When it Comes to Admissions, What Do Colleges Really Want?

It's college admissions season.  Host Joseph Pace looks to a panel of experts to answer the question:  Which applicants do colleges really want?

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Ted de Villafranca, M.A. - Managing Partner at the educational consulting firm Edvice Princeton.  Ted has over 25 years of experience in all areas of admissions work, from selective college and university admissions to college counseling.  Most recently, Ted was the Dean of College Counseling at the Peddie School.  He also led the college counseling programs at the Berkshire School and Virginia Episcopal School.  Ted has been an admissions officer at Manhattanville College and the University of Richmond and has been featured in The New York Times College Admission blog.

Kristen Jurgens -  Incoming Director of College Counseling at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton.  Kristen has worked in selective college admissions and counseling for 20 years, serving as Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions for Boston College and Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Tufts University.  She has also been an Academic Reader/Reviewer for the University of California at Berkeley.

Mike Sexton, M.A. - Vice President for Enrollment Management, Santa Clara University.  Mike has worked in admissions and enrollment for 35 years at institutions such as Juniata College, Rhodes College, and Lewis & Clark College.  He has experience as a reader for Coca Cola Scholars and National Merit, and was involved in the College Board's College Planning Advisory Board for the "Big Future" web site. Additionally, he is currently a faculty member at the College Board International School Counselor Institute.