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The Search with Lee Coffin

25 EpisodesProduced by DartmouthWebsite

Join Lee Coffin, Vice Provost and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Dartmouth College, as he explores a variety of topics centered around the college admissions process. In “Admissions Beat,” he discusses some of the top admissions headlines and hot topics from across the nation. A roundtable … read more

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Coming Soon: Admissions Beat, a new podcast series by Lee Coffin from Dartmouth College

October 13th, 2021


At a time when college applications are rising sharply and the most selective colleges are more competitive than ever, there's a lot of news—and …

The Search: Season 2 Bonus Episode: Lee Coffin Welcomes the Class of 2025

September 9th, 2021


In this special bonus episode, Dean of Admissions Lee Coffin welcomes the Class of 2025 to Dartmouth.

The Search: Season 2 Episode 9: Podding Together

May 31st, 2021


In our series finale, Dean Coffin invites Charlotte Albright, the producer of "The Search," to reflect with him on what they have learned together over the course of 22 episodes stretched across two seasons. Among the …

The Search: Season 2 Episode 8: An Applicant Interviews the Dean

May 10th, 2021


When Heath Monsma applied to Dartmouth College, he wrote beautifully in his essay about what he learned by creating his own podcast in high school. …

The Search: Season 2 Episode 7: Major Minor

May 3rd, 2021


"What's Your Major?" The answer is likely to change, maybe even several times, during the first year in college. Dean Coffin invites three professors …

The Search: Season 2 Episode 6: Listen to Yourself

April 26th, 2021


If you’ve just been accepted to more than one college or university, congratulations! Now it's decision time. Lee Coffin, dean of admissions and …

The Search: Season 2 Episode 5: Financial Fit

April 19th, 2021


Getting accepted to more than one college is a great thing. But comparing financial aid offers—that’s a complex calculation. It’s not enough to know …

The Search: Season 2 Episode 4: Finding Your Place

April 12th, 2021


College acceptance letters have gone out. Now it’s your turn to choose. Listen to your heart, as well as your head, says Dean Lee Coffin. This week, …

The Search: Season 2 Episode 3: Decision Daze

April 5th, 2021


Every year, from mid-March to early April, college-bound high school seniors are on pins and needles, waiting for decision letters from selective …

The Search: Season 2 Episode 2: My Neighbor Says

March 29th, 2021


College admissions is a high-profile topic that invites speculative chatter. In this episode, “My Neighbor Says,” we debunk all kinds of myths, with …

The Search: Season 2 Episode 1: Reading Season

March 22nd, 2021


As winter draws to a close, college admissions officers are wrapping up the invisible but critical process of diving into applicants’ files, reading …

The Search: Season One Highlights

March 15th, 2021


Last winter, as COVID-19 struck, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions and Financial aid Lee Coffin found himself suddenly grounded. …

The Search: Bonus Episode: Ask Me Anything!

August 24th, 2020


As he concludes his series of conversations demystifying college admissions in these unusual times, Lee Coffin, vice provost for enrollment and dean …

The Search: Episode 12: Admissions Then and Now

August 10th, 2020


As the world remains gripped by a health pandemic and buffeted by economic distress, many high school juniors and seniors are wondering, “Is it worth …

The Search: Episode 11: Shaping a Community

August 3rd, 2020


One of the most important jobs of any school admissions team is also among the most difficult to describe: shaping a vibrant college community. In …

The Search: Episode 10: Practical Matters

July 27th, 2020


While The Search has focused on liberal arts colleges, many students are applying to more specialized programs, including business and engineering. …

The Search: Episode 9: Scholarship Dollars and Sense

July 20th, 2020


Getting into the college of your dreams is one thing. Paying for it is another. But, too often, families don’t think and talk together about the full …

The Search: Episode 8: Junior Jitters

July 13th, 2020


In March, when COVID-19 closed high schools, eleventh graders found themselves stuck at home, unable to meet with advisers who would normally help …

The Search: Episode 7: Telling Your Story

July 6th, 2020


In this episode, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid Lee Coffin, with guest Meredith Reynolds, associate director of …

The Search: Episode 6: What Counts?

June 29th, 2020


Lee Coffin, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid at Dartmouth, talks with Leigh Weisenburger, dean of admissions and …

The Search: Episode 5: Avoiding the Parent Trap

June 22nd, 2020


At its best, finding and entering the right college is a team effort, including counselors, parents, and student applicants. But what is the best …

The Search: Episode 4: Passport to Admission

June 15th, 2020


According to the Institute of International Education, there are over a million international college students studying in the U.S., just over 5 …

The Search: Episode 3: Does It Fit?

June 8th, 2020


Finding the right college is, at its best, an act of matchmaking. In this episode of “The Search” Lee Coffin, vice provost for enrollment and dean of …

The Search: Episode 2: Getting Started

June 4th, 2020


Lee Coffin, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid, continues to share practical advice about finding and getting into …

The Search: Episode 1: Admissions 101

May 21st, 2020


“Admissions 101” offers an overview of the changing landscape of college admissions as seen through the eyes of two students. Aditi Narayanan ’24, …

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