On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Sally Ganga digs into the supplements for Barnard College and Washington University in St. Louis, the ins and outs of co-ops, and the financial implications of attending a college with a co-op program.

Essay Prompts: Barnard College and Washington University in St. Louis

Admissions expert Kyra Tyler joins Sally for the first segment to discuss two interesting supplemental essays prompts from different institutions. A student can learn a lot about what a college values by reading into their prompt, and this rings true for both Barnard College and Wash U. If you’d like to learn more about either of these colleges and their supplemental essays, tune into this segment!

Co-op Programs: What are they?

Northeastern University and Drexel University are known for their co-op programs, so we are fortunate to have former admissions officers from these institutions join Sally for this segment. Sara Calvert-Kubrom of Northeastern and Kennon Dick of Drexel go over everything a student needs to know when considering co-ops as a professional opportunity to complement their academic work. If you think you might be a good fit for a co-op education or are wondering how it differs from internships, you need to listen to our experts!

Co-op Programs: What are the financial implications?

Continuing the conversation on co-op programs, finance expert Laurier Peltier joins to cover the financial implications for students. Will families have to pay tuition, room/board, or other costs to the college while the student is on the co-op? Are the earnings from the co-op taxable? And, perhaps most importantly, how does a co-op impact a financial aid award from the college? Laurie and Sally answer everything you need to know about co-op finances.

On the next episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Elizabeth Heaton will go over the nuts and bolts of submitting an application, how to follow up to confirm it was received, and whether it’s possible to receive in-state tuition as an out-of-state student at a public university.


Written by Lauren Randle
Lauren Randle is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Lauren worked as a senior admissions officer at Georgetown University and previously held positions in college counseling at Malvern Preparatory School and the Canadian International School of Hong Kong. Visit our website to learn more about Lauren Randle.