Luyện Nghe VOA: College Admission: Finding the Right Fit

The United States has more than 4,000 (1)_____________________. It is not easy to decide which schools might be best for you.
At the end of high school, many young people in the United States (2)_______________ to several different schools.
The College Board is a (3)_____________________ working to expand access to higher education in the U.S. It recommends that students apply to between five and eight schools. This (4)__________________ if their first- or second-choice schools do not accept them.
Paul White, an (5)_______________ of college admissions, agrees. White works at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He has worked in (6)__________________ for 38 years.White says that he applied to just three colleges when he was a high school student in 1974. If he were a student applying today, however, White says he would apply to four times as many schools.
The reason? The number of students (7)__________________ in the U.S. has more than doubled since he was a college student.
The schools make it easier for students to apply, White says. And the competition for admission has (8)___________________.
"Colleges and universities have…become much more (9)______________ …going after…not just the best students, but students in general, to try to attract students from different parts of the country, different parts of the world."
But White says there are (10)_____________________ between applying to an undergraduate program and applying to a graduate degree program.
Most graduate degree programs are smaller than undergraduate programs. They can only accept a (11)__________________. For example, more than 3,000 students applied to admissions to Johns Hopkins’ medical doctorate program for the 2018 school year. The program accepted only 120 of them.
How does the school choose some students over others? White says he feels that many students (12)___________________ just meeting the requirements to get into the school rather than getting to know the qualities of the program and school.
It is easy to see which students have not thought about whether Johns Hopkins is necessarily (13)____________________, he adds.
Every school has different goals, White notes. Some are more (14)_____________________ than others. Around 95 percent of new medical students at Johns Hopkins have some research experience. But that is not the only thing Johns Hopkins is looking for, he says.
Johns Hopkins is in Baltimore, Maryland. Its location has an effect on its (15)__________________ – and the students it accepts, White says. In 2016, the Maryland Alliance for the Poor reported that about 45 percent of Baltimore’s population was (16)__________________.
The hospital where Johns Hopkins’ medical students get training works to treat (17)____________________ connected to poverty. A student interested in studying at the medical school, therefore, should show an interest in helping a poor, underserved community, White explains.
"We want people … who want to (18)________________. There’s no question about that. But you have to look at … what are they doing, not just on campus, but off-campus.… And if someone is interested in working with (19)________________________, this a great place for them."
White says applicants should (20)__________________ what kind of students a school looks for. They can start by visiting the school’s website, which will usually describe the programs the school is (21)______________. The website might also list its students with special achievements.
White also suggests finding out what kind of research the school is doing and what (22)_______________________ are doing after graduation.
Having experience that is connected to a school’s goals is important, he adds. For example, (23)__________________ can show that a medical school candidate does not just care about their career; the applicant also cares about (24)_____________________.
Even if a student does not have volunteer experience when they are applying, White says it is not too late for a student to show the admissions officers what kind of person they are. That can come during the (25)_______________.
Interviews are a big part of the selection process at Johns Hopkins and most other medical schools. (26)_________________ must answer questions about themselves and why they want to attend the school. For example, at Johns Hopkins, interviewers often ask candidates to talk about a time they were not in the majority.
Thoughtful answers can help (27)______________ better understand what kind of person a candidate is, White says. A student who may not have volunteer experience but gives thoughtful answers can show the interviewers they have an interest in gaining the understanding that such experience brings. That (28)_________________ that, with guidance, this person can become the kind of doctor the school hopes to produce, White says.
Although (29)__________________ programs differ in many ways, trying to find the right fit can help undergraduate applicants, too. If a student knows the kind of school they are looking for, and can thoughtfully express why they want to attend, that makes them (30)______________________.
"I don’t care what … institution you’re going to -- they’re all trying to shape a community. They’re trying to (31)________________ who will add to that community."
I’m Pete Musto. And I'm Caty Weaver.
Pete Musto reported this for VOA Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.
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Words in This Story

apply v. to ask formally for something, such as a job, admission to a school, or a loan, usually in writing
admissionn. the act or process of accepting someone as a student at a school
option(s) – n. a choice or possibility
deann. a person who is in charge of one of the parts of a university
undergraduateadj. used to describe a student at a college or university who has not yet earned a degree
graduateadj. of or relating to a course of studies taken at a college or university after earning a bachelor's degree or other first degree
focus(ed) - v. to direct your attention or effort at something specific
campusn. the area and buildings around a university, college, or school
achievement(s) – n. a result of hard work
interviewn. a meeting at which people talk to each other in order to ask questions and get information
guidancen. help or advice that tells you what to do
institutionn. an established organization
attractv. to cause someone to choose to do or be involved in something

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