Applying to the University of San Francisco

On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Elizabeth Heaton welcomed three college admissions and finance experts to explore the admission process at the University of San Francisco, college payment plans, and strategies for getting started making your college application list.

Inside the Admissions Office at the University of San Francisco

First, Beth welcomed College Coach admissions educator Lauren DiProspero, who worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at the University of San Francisco, an urban, Jesuit institution with the motto, “change the world from here.” Lauren talked about her experience working there, highlighting USF’s holistic decision-making process and the essays being an especially important part of their review. Lauren also shared with listeners an interesting detail about USF: in addition to the traditional fall admissions cycle, they offer spring admission as well.

College Payment Plans

Next, Beth welcomed College Coach finance educator Cheryl Hunt to talk about college payment plans. Most colleges offer a college payment plan that allows families to pay tuition over a period of time, instead of in a lump sum at the start of the semester. Cheryl explained how these programs work and defined the differences between an installment plan and a deferred payment plan. She noted the importance of enrolling in these plans early, with some plans starting as early as May.

Getting Started Making Your College Application List

Finally, Beth welcomed College Coach admissions educator Emily Toffelmire to talk about how to get started making a college list. Emily gave tips on approaching online research and emphasized how much can be learned from a campus visit. Beth and Emily explored ways to help the student who thinks they are open to any kind of college, and wrapped up with discussion on when and how students should consider their likelihood of being admitted to a particular school.

On the next episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Ian Fisher hosts a show to talk about college fairs, trends in college admission, and the prospect of getting a college loan with bad credit.


Written by Kristine Sawicki
Kristine Sawicki is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Kristine was an admissions officer at Stanford University and Reed College. Visit our website to learn more about Kristine Sawicki.