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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Students and parents at schools throughout the Pacific will get a firsthand look at an interactive program which promises to help them navigate the pitfalls of the college application process.

“The Admissions Game,” created by a former dean of admissions at Franklin and Marshall College, pits four high school students in a mock game show, with the audience serving as the admissions committee at a fictitious college.

Through a series of questions and debates with the audience, one student will best the “curious and variable logic” that rules college admissions, organizers said.

The traveling program kicked off Monday at Pusan American School in South Korea; over the next four weeks, it will visit a host of schools in Department of Defense Dependents Schools in South Korea, Japan and Okinawa.

While the presentations are generally geared toward juniors and their parents, all students and parents are welcome to attend, officials said.

“There are two keys to understanding the admission process,” Peter Van Buskirk, the program’s creator, states in promotional materials.

“Learning what colleges look at [the major factor in an application review] and what colleges look for [how colleges evaluate those factors and reach decisions].”

During the interactive sessions, Buskirk gives the audience and participants tips on how to tailor course selections, essay and application preparations and the role of standardized admissions tests.

The program has been presented to more than 30,000 students in the United States and overseas American schools, Buskirk estimates.

According to national education statistics, some 3 million students graduate from American high schools each year; two-thirds of them pursue higher education.

Only around 250,000 figure into the selection process for the nation’s most prestigious universities.

Though there are no widely based analytical figures, admissions officials on visits to the Pacific schools in recent years have repeatedly said DODDS students — worried about coming from smaller schools overseas — stack up well with their stateside counterparts in the admissions crunch.

The schedule ...

South Korea: Seoul American High School, Thursday; Osan American High School, April 19.

Japan: E.J. King High School, April 21; Matthew C. Perry High School, April 22; Kinnick High School, April 28; Zama High School, April 29; Yokota High School, May 3; Edgren High School, May 4.

Okinawa: Kubasaki High School, April 26; Kadena High School, April 27.


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