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An Elusive “New Normal” in College Admissions


Tuesday, April 19th, 4p.m. Pacific | 7p.m. Eastern

University policy prevents us from recording this session. We will try to provide a write-up of highlights, but we encourage you to attend live if you are able.


The class of 2023 will be the fourth to experience a college admissions environment significantly impacted by the global pandemic. Join us for an enlightening discussion with three admissions counselors from Emory, Johns Hopkins, and Tulane to learn about what has changed, what remains the same, and what is yet unknown.

Topics of discussion we plan to cover:

  • Pandemic influences on admission processes – greatest differences, positives and negatives, which changes are likely permanent
  • Understanding holistic admissions in a selective environment – how merit is assessed, colleges’ business concerns, role of choice of major, demonstrated interest / meaningful engagement, role of social media, and the surge in applications
  • The role of the ACT, SAT, and AP as test-taking access returns to normal levels while most colleges’ test-optional policies appear likely to become permanent
  • Early Decision / Early Action / Regular Decision – why the portion of admission offers made in ED continues to grow, implications of RD admit rates continuing to decline
  • Elements of the application – evaluating transcripts in an educational environment impaired by the pandemic, assessing non-academic activities, how students can self-advocate
  • How to prepare for college, managing mental health concerns in the application and beyond, balancing the student’s and parents’ roles in the admission process


Farish Jerman
Associate Dean of Admissions
Emory University


Farish Jerman is an Associate Dean of Admission at Emory University. She received a BA in Sociology from Emory University and an MS in Organizational Leadership from Mercer University. Throughout her over 10-year career in Emory’s Office of Undergraduate Admission, she has recruited in almost every region of the US, with the longest stints being in New England, the Mid-Atlantic and now the Southeast. She has presented regionally and nationally on a variety of topics including but not limited to holistic admission, selective college admission, college access programming, rural community engagement and outreach, and high school counselor relationship building.
Owen Knight
Director of Admission Engagement
Tulane University


Owen Knight is the Director of Admission Engagement at Tulane University. He received both his BS in Marketing and Management and his MBA from Tulane. Throughout his career in Tulane’s admissions office, he has held various positions, starting as an intern and climbing up to director. He now presides over the Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia territories, and has increased the enrollment from these regions by 25%. Owen also oversees training and onboarding of new counselors, delivers presentations, and creates content and ads for TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
Calvin Wise
Director of Recruitment
Johns Hopkins University


Calvin Wise is the Director of Recruitment at Hopkins serving in his 11th year in the Admissions office and 13th in the profession. In his role, Calvin oversees the development of recruitment strategy as well as access and diversity initiatives. He is also a member of the senior management team and selection committee.  Alongside his in-office responsibilities, Calvin works with a number of campus-wide groups on transition and student success. Before coming to Hopkins, he worked at his alma mater St. Mary’s College of MD (B.A. Economics).
Alyse Levine
Founder and CEO
Premium Prep College Counseling


Alyse Levine is one of the foremost college counseling experts in the country and the Founder & CEO of Premium Prep College CounselingTM. Prior to founding Premium Prep, Alyse was Associate Director of College Counseling at The Dalton School in New York City for over 10 years. Before that, she worked as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Washington University in St. Louis and Associate Director of College Counseling at the Dwight–Englewood School, in Englewood, New Jersey. Alyse also served on the selection committee for the prestigious Robertson Scholars Program, a highly selective full-tuition scholarship collaboration between Duke University and the University of North Carolina. Alyse is an Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), and a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC).
Adam Ingersoll
Compass Education Group


Adam Ingersoll began his career in test prep in 1993 while at the University of Southern California, where he was a student-athlete on the basketball team, worked in the admission office, and graduated magna cum laude. Now in his third decade guiding families to successful experiences with standardized tests, Adam is recognized as a leading expert on college admission testing and is a popular speaker at higher education conferences and dozens of school events annually. He has provided training on test usage for the admission teams at prominent universities including Caltech, Rochester, and USC.

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