Washington Monthly interviews Andrew Belasco of College Transitions

October 28, 2019

Washington Monthly

Washington, D.C. – Anne Kim of Washington Monthly sat down with Andrew Belasco, CEO of College Transitions, to discuss how to differentiate between legitimate summer programs for high school students and those that are merely money-makers for a given university.

Among his insights were:

Regarding whether all summer programs carry admissions-related value: “Some of our parents who come to us have paid thousands of dollars to these programs thinking their students get an advantage, which is just not the case…”

On the subject of why even non-competitive summer programs often have elaborate application processes: “It gets people to buy in,” he said. “You’re more likely to commit if you have to invest something beforehand and more likely to think it’s a legitimate program.”

Anyone considering attending a summer program would benefit from reading the full article.