College Admissions Insider podcast logo

Episode 30: Inside the Mind of an Application Reader, Vol. 2

November 29, 2021

If you're on Bucknell's mailing list, you might have seen an email telling high school students that when they apply to Bucknell, a real human — not some computer algorithm — reviews their application personally.

At Bucknell, we're proud of that fact. But that statement might raise a follow-up question: Who are those humans who will review my application?

In this episode of College Admissions Insider, you'll meet two members of the team that reviews Bucknell applications. Whether you're planning to apply to Bucknell or not, we think you'll enjoy peeking behind the curtain to see how application readers approach the review process.

We'll discuss questions like:

  • What does the application review system look like?
  • How many people will read an application?
  • What are some reasons an application might be denied?
  • And the most important question of all: What can an applicant do to stand out?

Longtime listeners might remember that we've used this exact topic before in our fourth episode. That episode has been so popular that we've decided it's time for a sequel.

Our guests are: Jill Medina, Bucknell's senior associate dean of admissions, and Josh Wilkinson, associate director admissions for communications.

If you have a question, comment or idea for a future episode, email

Episode 30 Transcript

Contact Details

Office of Admissions


One Dent Drive


Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Varies
Sunday: Closed