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Tests and the Rest: College Admissions Industry Podcast

Jan 28, 2022

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Meet Parke Muth, who has worked in education for over 35 years. Most of that time he served as a Dean at the University of Virginia in the admissions office and in the English Department. He now works with companies, schools, families, and students across the world but mostly focuses on Asia where he spends about 1/2 of the year.

While at Virginia, Parke was, among other things, Director of Selection and Recruitment of Honors Scholars, Director of Application Assessment Training, and Director of International Admission. He’s been serving for over 25 years as a member of the Jefferson Scholars selection committee. This four-year, full scholarship is among the most elite programs in the United States. Parke also serves as an advisor for the Ron Brown Scholars Program, an elite scholars program that provides financial support and leadership training, networking, and career services for underprivileged black students.

Because of his experiences in admissions, Parke is a highly sought-after speaker He has been interviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg, Associated Press, NBC, etc. He has had over 6 million people read his responses on the website He also has a blog with over 4,000 pages of content, all free, no ads or promotions:

Parke previously appeared on this podcast in episodes 81 (You Can’t Handle The Truth: Secrets Of College Admissions) and 148 (Stop Making $En$E: The International Student Problem).

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