Who gets into UW-Madison (and other colleges)?

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Who gets into UW-Madison (and other colleges)?

Join Ethan Currie, former UW admissions officer, and Zach Galin, president of Galin Education, in a discussion about who gets in and why.

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Galin Education 5102 Silvertree Run #Suite 101 Madison, WI 53705

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  • 1 hour
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In 2019, UW-Madison received 45,000 applicants. In 2021, that ballooned to 60,000. As a result, the admissions rate has dropped significantly. So, what does it take to get in these days? UW-Madison, along with hundreds more colleges, practice "holistic admissions" - we will dissect what this means. In this chat, we will also advise how students can maximize opportunities in high school (both in and out of the classroom) to make them competitive applicants.

About Ethan: A Madison native, Ethan is thrilled to be back in the Badger state after a 20 year journey that took him away to East and West coasts, Chicago, Colorado, and Asia. Ethan has been working with students both directly in the process of applying to colleges as well as reviewing applications for admission to higher education. After graduating from the University of Chicago, he moved to Shanghai, China where he instructed hundreds of students in ACT, SAT, SSAT, and AP exams covering English, Reading, Writing, and World History. After returning to the US, Ethan took a position as an Admissions Counselor at UW Madison, where he worked most directly with students applying from East Asia, as well as some Wisconsin students from the Milwaukee and northern areas of the state, eventually evaluating over 3,000 unique applications.

About Zach: Zach has spent almost two decades working independently with students and families in the college admissions process. From test preparation to college matching, applications, and financial aid, Zach has helped students gain acceptance to their top choice schools. Zach spent his undergraduate years at Northwestern University and received his Masters in Education from the Bank Street College of Education (NYC). He has run academic tutoring centers for multi-national companies, taught middle and school students through Teach for America, and developed curricula for test prep, social-emotional learning, and college exploration. Zach is currently on the board of the Independent Education Consultants Association (IECA), the leading body for the profession, and teaches courses to aspiring professionals in UC-Irvine's college counseling certificate program.