The College Scoops Podcast

Episode 140: Creating a Balanced College List

September 20, 2022

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When a student starts their college application journey, one of the most important steps they can take includes creating a college list. However, it can be difficult for students to craft a balanced list. On today’s podcast, we are joined by Marni Levine, an educational consultant, who gives advice on how to focus on the fit when students are selecting schools.

Key Takeaways:

  • Trust your kids. Their instincts in knowing themselves and what they want in a college are correct
  • Whenever you apply, make sure that you are excited to go to that school. Fit should apply to your entire application list 
  • Try to get those early wins in 
  • When you are visiting a campus, go beyond the campus tour. This is how you really get to know a college
  • The number of schools you apply to depends on the type of student and school

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Meet Marni Levine

Marni Levine is an independent concierge educational consultant who has helped hundreds of families over the last 15 years by guiding them along the college admissions journey. After hiring someone to help her oldest son apply to college she believed that the process needed more personalization for each family. It was missing that special attention to details that only a mom would know. So she set out on a mission to help students through the often daunting process of applying to college, the way a mother would- if the mother was a professional.

Using the skills she learned as an Advertising/Public Relations major at Boston University and her love of storytelling she created a comprehensive program to help high school students develop a unique picture of who they are so that they can find and be admitted to the perfect fit college where they will shine!

Thank you Marni for giving us advice on how to create a balanced college list with finding the fit in mind. Your insight on trusting a student’s instincts and the ability to be flexible, yet strategic, is an important part of the process. These tips will also help parents support their student in the college application journey. 

Episode 140 Full Transcript

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