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AdmitHub Podcast #8: For Colleges and Bow Ties, It's All About Fit

Posted by Daniel Peterson on Mar 24, 2016 5:18:00 PM

In the eighth episode of the About Admissions podcast, AdmitHub co-founders Kirk Daulerio and Andrew Magliozzi are joined by guest co-host W. Kent Barnds, Augustana College's Executive Vice President of Enrollment, Communications, and Planning.

If Kent's title sounds like a lot, that's because it is. Kent has a hand in all kinds of areas: recruitment, admissions, strategic planning and more. He even had a turn as interim president when his boss was on summer sabbatical.


W. Kent Barnds, dapper as always in his signature bow tie
W. Kent Barnds, dapper as always in his signature bow tie

And if you're wondering ... Yes, Kent wears a bow tie every single day, and he writes an aptly named blog, Bow Tie Admission. He started his trademark fashion statement when he worked in admissions, in order to stand out from the army of folks in khakis and white shirts.

"The college admissions process itself is not about where you get in," says Kent, who didn't get into his own dream college, The University of the South. Instead, he attended Gettysburg College, where his uncle worked. Kent's mother and his uncle both attended Augustana College, so Kent has been keeping it all in the family for a while now.

Listen to About Admissions - Episode 8

Kent, Kirk and Drew then take a call from Noah, a high school senior who's passionate about programming and loves snowboarding. Noah is curious about how much impact that "demonstrated interest" (one of Kent's "favorite topics") has on his chances of getting into a college.

Kent says that many colleges, Augustana included, definitely consider the "show me the love" factor. Kent says that doesn't mean you have to visit, especially if the college in question is really far from home, but he says that other things like sending email, checkout out a college's website, and following them on social media can help.

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Topics: podcast, College Admissions