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College Peas: Tipping the Admissions Odds in Your Favor

Discover some simple, yet extremely powerful techniques for being the kind of students that colleges drool over!
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Created by Mike Moyer
Last updated 8/2013
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College admissions is not what it seems! Even average students can beat the odds if they can differentiate themselves from other students. College Peas outlines a basic strategy for positioning yourself as the kind of student that colleges crave.

Most high school students look like every other high school student to the college admissions staff. They have the same education, the same sports, the same activities and the same interests. Colleges need students who bring a fresh perspective to the classroom.

Break the mold and get into the college of your dreams!

Who is the target audience?
  • College-bound high school students (grades 8-12)
  • Parents of college-bound students
  • High School teachers and guidance counslors
  • Graduate-school applicants
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What Will I Learn?
Learn the major misconceptions of the college admissions numbers
Understand how colleges interpret your GPA and why an average GPA can still get you in
Discover the power of Non Teenager Activities (NTAs) and why colleges love them
Know who the players are and how to cultivate the right relationships
Pick the right college for you
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 12 Lectures Collapse All 12 Lectures 01:48:09
Understand College Admissions
5 Lectures 22:17

Getting into college can be stressful because it is an emotionally-charged experience for both parents and students. Understand why admissions causes so much stress!

Download the College Peas Packet of worksheets and supplementary material mentioned in the class.

Preview 02:23

Colleges look for certain kinds of students. When they find the right student, the grades and test scores aren't as important.

Preview 04:09

According to the numbers, getting into college is more competitive than ever before. But the numbers can be misleading.

Preview 04:18

Getting into college is a team effort. Knowing who does what is an important step to designing your strategy.

People- who are the people that help you get into college

It's difficult to really understand someone by reading an application. After a while one student begins to look like all the others.

Problem- better understand the choices that admissions professionals make and ho
Design Your Personal Admissions Strategy
5 Lectures 01:12:01

Breaking with your peer group and venturing out on your own is the single best way to stand out in the admissions process. It's easier than you might think!

Prepare- understand the power of Non Teenager Activities

Learn how to pick colleges that are more likely to want you in spite of your academic history.

Plan- learn about college Zones

There is more to submitting an application than clicking "submit!"

aPPly- things you can do during the application process to increase your odds

Life is full of second chances, learn how to make yours count.

Re-aPPly- what to do if you don’t get in

Once you have been accepted, you can now choose the best place for you.

Pick- how to choose the best college for you
Wrap Up and Bonus Material
2 Lectures 13:51

Everything in the College Peas process is easier to implement than you might think!

Prologue- why the College Peas process is easier than the traditional path

Get answers to common questions and download a copy of the book How to Make Colleges Want You.

Bonus Material- answers to common questions
About the Instructor
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Sales and Marketing Entrepreneur

Mike Moyer is an entrepreneur who has started a number of companies including Bananagraphics, a product development and merchandising company, Moondog, an outdoor clothing manufacturing company;Vicarious Communication, Inc, a marketing technology company for the medical industry;, a site that helps students find the right college; and College Peas, LLC which provides publications and consulting on a variety of topics including, college admissions, trade shows and job search. In addition to his experience as an entrepreneur he has held a number of senior-level marketing positions with companies that sell everything from vacuum cleaners to financial data services to motor home chassis to luxury wine.

Mike teaches Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

He is the author of Slicing Pie, How to Make Colleges Want You, College Peas, and Trade Show Samurai.

He has an MS in integrated marketing from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He lives in Lake Forest, Illinois with his wife and three kids.

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