Seminar: New Strategy to College

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Welcome to AAPA Fall “New Strategy to College” Seminar!

Our four Panelists will share their knowledge and insight regarding the new strategy to college in post-pandemic.


Joshua Throckmorton

  • College Counselor at InGenius Prep Former Admissions officer in Pennsylvania
  • Former Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions & the Director of Athletic Recruitment at Swarthmore College

Sylvia Leong

  • Independent Admission & Career Consultant • Former Freshman Admissions Reader, UC Berkeley
  • Former Sr. Associate Director, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business
  • Former Director of Admissions, Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley College of Engineering

Brenna Heintz

  • College Counselor at Collegewise
  • Former Director of Recruitment and Associate Dean of Admissions at Swarthmore College
  • Former Senior Admissions Counselor at MIT

Alex Chang

  • College Admission Counselor at Flex College Prep • Ph.D. in Literature from UCSD
  • BA in English from UC Berkeley



  • What are your key takeaways in the 2020-2021 college admissions cycle? (for both UC/CSU and other colleges)
  • With the absence of SAT/ACT scores, what will become more important for college acceptances (e.g. GPA, extracurricular activities, etc.)?
  • How does AP class play in the admission consideration? The more the better? Is there a scoring system in UC admission for AP class?
  • Any suggestions on how to write the big essay in CommonApp? I have read about significant increases in government financial support for college education. For whom is that financial support available and how can it be accessed? Have there been any changes in financial support at private universities due to COVID-19?
  • Could you recommend any resources for college research?



Here is the video recording: New Strategy to College