Graduate In The USA

How to produce a strong U.S. college application

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How do you get into a U.S. university? 

Is there a magic formula?

And who decides? 

Elisabeth O'Connell is the Director of International Admissions at The University of Pennsylvania, one of eight Ivy League universities in the U.S.  

Elisabeth has read thousands of applications from students across the world, including many from Australia, and while there is no magic formula determining who is admitted, there are things every student can do to produce a strong and compelling application, telling the story of who you are why you are a "good fit" for the college.

Join Elisabeth as she demystifies how universities review applications with the goal of building a freshman class to create a vibrant and dynamic 24/7 residential community.


Host: Adelle Gillen, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate, Sydney.

Guest: Elisabeth O'Connell, Director of International Admissions at The University of Pennsylvania.


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