Hacking college admissions: John Katzman at TEDxBeaconStreet

Why does everyone think it’s harder to get into a top college when it’s probably easier? The answer speaks to an emerging revolution in US education, and of a new student and educator mindset.

John Katzman is an education entrepreneur whose companies (The Princeton Review, 2U, and now Noodle) have helped transform college admissions and online learning.

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27 thoughts on “Hacking college admissions: John Katzman at TEDxBeaconStreet

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  2. Rushil Patel November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

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  4. Bailey Moore November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Can somebody tell me what is better about the Ivy League Schools? Besides their prestigious reputations, what is actually better about the school?

  5. Conrado Salas Cano November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    In my view, it might be wise to let kids talk freely and openly about near death experiences and other spiritual matters, and stop the competitiveness and the exams and the tests…, or then, at least, that's what I would have wished when I was in academia.

  6. Matthew Freeman November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I will ignore bad advice. I will start by ignoring this video.

  7. ArchAngel` November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    the most useless ted talk ever.

  8. Ayush Sehgal November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Thank you! I really liked the analogy.

  9. Paul Chang November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Let me get this straight, so… Just be yourself and let the system choose your future?

  10. jim LEHMN November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    When I was in high school I applied to 9 schools. I got rejected from all 9. I never ended up going to college. I now work giving TedX talks to students about admissions.

  11. Pb Sexton November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Least helpful TEDx I've seen

  12. x November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Good information; poor speaker.

  13. rollership November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    is there a transcript, his speaking tyle is a bit anxiety-inducing

  14. George Pedone November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Early decision Never Ever Never do that unless you are able to pay the full price. It is a contract that you accept that school at that price . If your able to pay that 60k-80k and that's the university you want then early decison.

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  16. Low Budget Films November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Only just saw this video, but this is basically what I did. I found ten schools (no, not the schools ranked 1-10… 10 mostly similar but well-regarded schools) and applied to all ten, no safeties or anything.

    6 rejections, 2 waitlists, accepted at 2 top schools.

    And because of my applying strategy (and SATs and ECs, of course), as someone ranked ~20th in my class, I'm going to the second best college of everyone in my school.

    This strategy DOES work… just know where you're actually capable of getting into before you try it because that 2/10 or 3/14 can easily become 0/10 if you mess up.

  17. Brandon Geary November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    TL;DR Increase odds by applying to more schools and applying early action.

  18. TooManyBrackets November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Best School. Top School. Not sure how you define that? The rankings? What do they measure exactly? As to the prices plummeting…only if they reduce their costs…which would really change the experience at all but a few schools who don't need the money at the moment. Always hard to see what could be cut while maintaining the status the university and by status I mean what it offered in terms of development. People like to talk about cutting Professors or their salaries, but then why would anybody smart do a job, with lots of work, that required 5 years post graduate and that wouldn't pay the rent. Disaster waiting to happen.

  19. Jordan Davis November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    This is a really good video and something I needed to hear because applying for colleges is really stressful

  20. AlbinoBlueSquirrel November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    The one flaw in all of these "look, it's easier to get into a top school!" theories is that kids don't want to go to any one of the top schools, they want to go to a specific one, that they like. Kids who apply to all the ivy's and don't care which they get into, who just want to go to a school solely for its reputation, are douchebags. Real people figure out what specific schools they actually like, then apply to them, and as stated in the video, it IS much harder to get into a specific school nowadays.

    Who cares if it's easier to get into one ivy league when you apply to all 8 of them, any half decent college counselor will make students apply to a range of different school so they aren't absolutely screwed if they get rejected from all of them, so there's no way you're applying to all of the top tier schools unless you send out 15-20 different apps!

    TL;DR the kids who are just looking to get into "one of" the top tier schools are a minority, most people have their hearts set on a specific school that they like and want to get into, and that's much more difficult now.

  21. Kaze Ume November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    In percentages it looks really great, but in reality it probably looks something like "10 more slots for every 10, 000 students"

  22. ViperTechnologies November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    5:02 Is that the Mr. Clean Guy?

  23. B November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Statistically it might be easier now, but the competition is jumping off the charts. Every student, kids are trying harder in the current generstion than the old generation. Thus, it takes MORE effort for kids now days to be in that standard of getting into their dream school. Maybe someone could have went to ivy if they studied 20hours a week 50 years ago. Now they have to study 50+

  24. Talha Koç November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    This is bullshit. Even the Early Action or Early Decision to these top schools has an admission rate much lower than the Regular Admission 30 years ago. And that's taking into consideration that EA and ED applicants choose only one college, and applicant pool is much stronger than the RD.

  25. Aliah De Guzman November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    this guy just gave an inspiring speech

  26. William Pfingten November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    the collages tuition as at a  all time high

  27. mshepar5 November 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    takes a little bit of the Nash Equilibrium? God I love stats and  game theory!

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