Getting In: A College Coach Conversation

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Did you know that college applications and public college tuition are both up 60 percent since 2002? Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, helps parents and students navigate this changing and challenging landscape. Each week, College Coach experts, all former admissions and financial aid office…

Elizabeth Heaton


    • Dec 2, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
    • weekly NEW EPISODES
    • 55m AVG DURATION
    • 358 EPISODES

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    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - December 2nd, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 56:52

    Encore: Who Gets In and Why: A Conversation with Jeffrey Selingo

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 55:45

    Excited to welcome New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Selingo to the show to discuss his latest, Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. We discuss everything from the impact of marketing and rankings on college admissions over the past 30+ years to the concept of “buyers” and “sellers” and how those distinctions can and should impact students' college application decisions. He also shared what he's hearing from enrollment managers this year and his thoughts on the COVID-dictated changes he thinks might stick.

    Writing Your Best Essay; Gap Years; Student Loan Servicers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 54:20

    If you've taken out any student loans, you may recently have received notice that your student loan servicer is changing. We'll explain what a student loan servicer is and why they're making changes. If you haven't yet started your college essay, we have tips to get you writing and editing this in time for regular decisions deadlines. Finally, if your student isn't interested in applying to college right now, it might be time to consider a gap year. We'll talk through how to think about that option.

    Tips for Seniors Just Getting Started; USC Supplemental Essays

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 58:04

    Any seniors out there just getting started on the college process? We have advice on what to do now in terms of applying to college and paying for it. We're also walking you through the supplemental essays required by the University of California as part of their application.

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - November 4th, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 57:25

    Value and ROI of a Liberal Arts College; Early Round Results

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 55:30

    Wondering why you might want to consider a liberal arts college? Tune in this week for our thoughts on the benefits and the potential return on investment you can see from a liberal arts degree. Office Hours this week features early round results and advice for turning to regular decision.

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - October 21st, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 56:18

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - October 14th, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 53:57

    State School Essays; Listener Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 56:32

    Ever wonder how important essays are in the process at large state universities? It probably won't surprise you to learn that it depends! In this week's first segment, we share our thoughts on when these essays really matter and when they are less important. In Office Hours, we're answering your college admissions and finance questions.

    CSS Profile; Reporting Test Scores; University of Chicago Essays

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 52:52

    For most colleges, applying for financial aid is as simple as filling out the FAFSA. But a smaller group of schools also requires the CSS Profile. We'll share what to expect if you need to complete that form as well. In the era of test optional colleges, students and parents frequently struggle to decide whether they should submit their test scores as part of their applications. We'll walk you through how to think about that. Finally, we're reviewing the additional essay prompts for University of Chicago in our fall series on supplemental essays.

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 54:17

    AP Capstone Program; College Bills; Balanced College Lists

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 54:24

    AP Capstone Program; College Bills; Balanced College Lists For seniors finalizing their college lists, one of the most important things to consider is whether it's a balanced one. All reaches? Not good. All safeties? Might be overlooking some other options. We'll talk through how to finalize a balanced list that isn't too long or too short. In other segments, we're discussing the AP Capstone program and offering tips for covering the remaining balance on your college bills.

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - September 9th, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 54:01

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - September 2nd, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 53:22

    Fall Admissions Timelines for High School Seniors; Using Naviance

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 60:00

    School is officially back for most seniors, and it's time to focus on the application process in earnest. We have timelines for both the admissions and the college finance process, including what needs to get done and when. For those students with access to Naviance, we have suggestions for how to use that through the application process.

    Community Service; Mental Health and Financial Aid; the PSAT

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 50:51

    A few years ago, we wrote a blog titled, “Colleges Don't Care About Community Service.” In this week's show, we'll share whether or not our opinions on this topic have changed. In other segments, we'll look at the link between mental health and financial aid, and dig into the PSAT and whether or not students should plan to prep for it.

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - August 12th, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 51:18

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - August 5th, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 52:51

    Demonstrated Need; 3+2 Engineering Programs; Supplemental Essays

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 60:00

    What does it mean when a college states that they cover 100 percent of demonstrated financial need? Is that too good to be true? We have thoughts—and facts—and we'll share them! For those students interested in engineering, we're digging into 3+2 programs to share more details about how those work. Office Hours is all about supplemental essays: what they are, who requires them, and where to find them.

    Financial Fit; Supporting Your Recruited Athlete; UC Myths

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 53:25

    We frequently—and strongly—suggest that families discuss what they can afford when it comes to college. But talking money can be challenging. We have advice to make “the talk” a bit easier. Athletic recruitment has many moving parts, and it's often the parents who are charged with keeping track of everything. We'll share suggestions for ways parents can help their recruited athletes. Finally, we will address the most common myths we hear regarding the University of California schools.

    Tips for Transitioning to College; The Importance of Saving Money

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 53:07

    Congrats to all graduating seniors who successfully applied to college and are preparing to start this fall. Laura Amigone, a college success coach from Rudder Coaching, joins the podcast this week to offer advice to these students to help them make a smooth transition from high school to college. We'll also discuss why saving is important for everyone in another of our Personal Finance 101 series.

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - July 8th, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 56:11

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - July 1st, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 54:27

    Tips for Transfers; Paying for Advanced Degrees; Physical Therapy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 60:00

    Are you heading off to college pretty sure you want to transfer after year one? We have some thoughts about this approach that we'll share with our listeners this week. If you're wondering how students fund graduate and professional degrees, we'll offer some insight. And finally, we have information for students interested in a career in physical therapy, from the education required to the skills necessary for the job.

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - June 17th, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 60:00

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - June 10th, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 60:00

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - June 3rd, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 60:00

    Staying Healthy in College; Healthy Finances and Mental Health

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 60:00

    This week’s show is all about health, from remaining healthy while you’re in college to maintaining healthy finances as a way of supporting mental health. Jill and Dave Henry, authors of the newly published College Health Guide will join the show to share what they’ve learned as coaches for young people over the years. And in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we will also look at the correlation of healthy finances and mental health.

    Scholarship Searches; Film Majors; Common App Activities List

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 60:00

    As frequent listeners to our program know, the best sources of scholarship money are the colleges themselves. But there is more money out there for students willing to put the time in to look. We’ll offer tips on doing those outside scholarship searches. We’ll also explore what’s involved in film studies majors and what colleges who offer them look for in good candidates. Finally, in Office Hours we’ve got advice for students getting started on the Common App activity list.

    SAT VS ACT—What Are the Differences?: Listener Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 60:00

    Those students who do plan to take standardized tests this year have a choice: ACT or SAT. But how do you make that choice if you don’t know what the differences are? ArborBridge CEO and former tutor and curriculum director Megan Stubbendeck shares her insight in our first segment. In Office Hours, we’re answering your college finance and admissions questions.

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - May 6th, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 60:00

    Gap Year Options; Athletic Recruits; Project Management Tips

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 52:57

    Wanting a break before starting college or looking for something interesting to do before applying? Rebecca Barr of Education First will join this week’s podcast to discuss gap year options through Education First. We also have advice on what to be doing now if you hope to be recruited athlete and project management tips for parents helping their students apply to college.

    Who Gets In and Why: A Conversation with Jeffrey Selingo

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 55:45

    Excited to welcome New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Selingo to the show to discuss his latest, Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. We discuss everything from the impact of marketing and rankings on college admissions over the past 30+ years to the concept of “buyers” and “sellers” and how those distinctions can and should impact students' college application decisions. He also shared what he's hearing from enrollment managers this year and his thoughts on the COVID-dictated changes he thinks might stick.

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - April 22nd, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 60:00

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - April 15th, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 53:21

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - April 8th, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 52:21

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - April 1st, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 60:00

    Discussion with reporter Melissa Korn, co-author of Unacceptable

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 53:16

    Join us this week for an in-depth discussion with Wall Street Journal reporter, Melissa Korn, co-author of Unacceptable. We’ll delve into the who, what, where, and why of the Varsity Blues scandal. More importantly, we’ll talk through the behavior that allowed this to happen on a grand scale and discuss how to avoid similar thinking and actions that can lead to similar ethical transgressions. Finally, we’ll offer tips on what to look for in an ethical college counselor.

    Preparing for the College Essay; Listener Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 53:11

    For colleges that require it, the college essay can be a key component of a successful application. In no surprise to anyone, writing is hard! We have ideas on how to work on your writing skills in preparation for writing your strongest essay. We’re also answering your college finance and admissions questions.

    Demonstrating Interest; RD Results; Parent Financing Options

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2021 51:37

    COVID, COVID, COVID. Are you as tired of it as we are? As you know, COVID has impacted a number of things about the admissions process, especially visiting colleges. Traditionally the gold standard of demonstrating interest to colleges, what do you do when campuses are closed to visitors? We have thoughts, including why the changes wrought by COVID might actually be a good thing in leveling the playing field around demonstrating interest. We’ll also cover parent financing options for paying for college and what to expect from regular decision results.

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - March 4th, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2021 50:59

    Military Academy Application; College Lists; Financial Aid Awards

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 60:00

    Eager to start the college process but not sure how to begin? We have a framework you can use to build your preliminary list, and we’re sharing details. For those interested in pursuing admission to a military academy, we have a timeline for that application process. And in part two of our two-part series on financial aid award letters, we cover comparing offers, addressing changes in the financial situation since applying, and asking for more.

    Standardized Test Policies for 2021/2022; Listener Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 53:05

    When COVID hit in March 2020, it disrupted life for everyone across the globe, including college admissions. Standardized test dates were cancelled, rescheduled, and cancelled again, and ultimately more than 1200 colleges and universities made them an optional part of their admissions process. We’ll update you on test optional policies for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle and share our thoughts on whether or not juniors should still plan to take them. In Office Hours, we’re answering your college admissions and finance questions.

    Affirmative Action; Financial Aid Awards; Too Late to Apply?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2021 51:07

    There have been a few recent court cases related to the use of affirmative action in college admissions. But what is affirmative action in this case, and how is it really used in admissions? Jamiere Abney, Coordinator of Outreach for Opportunity & Inclusion at Colgate University joins us to share more. If you’re worried that it’s too late to apply to college this year, you’re in luck—it’s definitely not! We have advice and information on your options. Finally, in part one of a two-part series, we’re talking all things financial aid award letters, including and especially, how to decipher the information.

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - February 4th, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2021 51:22

    Who Gets In and Why: A Year In College Admissions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 60:00

    Have you read Jeff Selingo’s book, Who Gets In and Why: A Year in College Admissions? Well our team has, and we’ll be reviewing the book in this week’s episode. Find out what we think he got right and if we think he missed some nuances—or maybe even got it completely wrong—based on our insights into college admissions as former decision makers.

    Scholarship Offers; Med School Gap Years; Associates to Bachelors

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2021 50:50

    As admissions decisions start to come in, you may receive scholarship offers from some of your schools. Did you know you can negotiate for more? Learn more about the dos and don’ts of this process. We also have details on why students planning for medical school might want to build in some time for a gap year or two (or three!). Tune in for another story from our team. Hear about how one of our finance educators started with an associate’s degree before getting his bachelor’s.

    Admissions Bloopers; Listener Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 52:46

    We talk a lot about what to do as part of your college admissions process. This week, we have some cautionary tales of mistakes some have made in the hopes that you can avoid making similar bloopers. In Officer Hours, we’re answering your college admissions and finance questions.

    Getting In: A College Coach Conversation - January 7th, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2021 60:00

    Admissions Resolutions; Attending & Paying for College as Adults

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2020 52:56

    Just in time for the new year, we have some new year’s resolutions for college admissions. We’re also sharing two team stories this week: attending college as an adult and paying for college as an adult.

    Post-Bacc Programs; Spending Resolutions; Regular Decision Lists

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2020 60:00

    In another segment in our Med School Series, we’ll consider post-baccalaureate programs, including what they are and who would benefit. We’ve been giving a lot of attention to early action, early decision, and priority decision admissions plans, but this week we’re all about regular decision lists and planning. Finally, for those of you hoping to establish better financial habits in the new year, we have suggestions on developing a spending plan.

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