Jan. 4, 2021

137: Rankings, Testing, & Debt - The Changing Admissions Landscape - with Robert Franek, Editor-in-Chief, The Princeton Review

137: Rankings, Testing, & Debt - The Changing Admissions Landscape - with Robert Franek, Editor-in-Chief, The Princeton Review

In this amazing episode of The EdUp Experience, our first release in 2021, we have the honor of speaking with Robert Franek, Editor-in-Chief, The Princeton Review.  Admissions has changed as a result of the pandemic, and it will continue to change post-pandemic.  The SAT/ACT tests are required by some schools, but now we have test-optional, test-blind, and for some, no testing at all.  What is this doing to the future college search for "traditional" students?  Rob also talks to us about his perception of the value of a college degree, and he keeps it 100 when he recognized that some administrator who devalue college rankings, will also happily use them as a marketing tool.   The Princeton Review surveys thousands of students and debt continues to be the main stressor - this episode has it all and Rob is amazing.

Rob Franek, Editor-in-Chief at The Princeton Review, is a nationally sourced expert on colleges and higher education. Over his 26-year career, he has been a college admissions administrator, publisher, editor, author, and lecturer. In his tenure with The Princeton Review, he has visited hundreds of high schools, colleges, and universities. He says the interactions he has with students, parents, educators, and administrators are among his most rewarding professional experiences.

Rob is the author of several books, including College Admissions During COVID (October 2020 ), an updated edition of his College Admission 101 (May 2018),  The Best 386 Colleges (August 2020), and The Best Value Colleges (February 2020).  Rob is also the author of Colleges That Create Futures (May 2017) and co-author of If the U Fits: Expert Advice on Finding the Right College and Getting Accepted (March 2014). 

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