evaluating campus safety

On the March 30th episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation was all about the research necessary to help get you pick the right school for you. Whether you’re a junior narrowing down your list of where to apply, or a senior deciding between multiple offers of admission, Beth Heaton once again has the answers!

Evaluating Campus Safety

Beth opened the show with special guest Dr. Jordan Draper, the Title IX coordinator at The College of New Jersey to discover how to look under the hood of safety on college campuses. Dr. Draper has made a career in higher education helping students feel safe on their campus, and she shed some insight on what to consider beyond the presence of a campus blue light system. Beth asked Dr. Draper to help make sense of the crime statistics for every college, and listeners will learn about the Clery Act, Annual Security Reports, Climate Surveys, how to find them, understand them, and what other statistics might be helpful.

Finding Scholarships in Spring of Senior Year

After the break Beth and Stacey MacPhetres discuss what to do if you’ve already taken our advice on Negotiating Scholarships and How to Appeal a Financial Aid Award, but you still find yourself short for the anticipated first bill. Stacey conceded that it may be a little late but it’s not impossible to find some private scholarships still available. They discussed where to focus your energy this late in the game and reviewed a couple of those places you might have forgotten to look. Just don’t forget, the later it gets the less opportunity there will be – moral of the story here is run, not walk to their suggestions! Beth didn’t let Stacey leave without reviewing the ideal timeline to follow for any listeners still early in this process.

Office Hours: Waitlists and Appealing a Denial

In the last segment, Mary Sue Youn joined Beth for office hours to discuss your options if the news you heard back wasn’t quite what you were hoping for. They unpacked all things waitlist, from how many waitlist offers you should accept to who comes off the waitlist and why. They ended the segment by sharing some behind the scenes insight into the rare circumstances that make for an effective appeal to a denial.

Don’t miss the April 6th episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation to hear host Ian Fisher and his guests (including me!) talk more about how to make your final decision with regards to finances, campus culture, and more. As always, check out our archives and submit your questions.


Written by Tova Tolman
Tova Tolman is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Tova worked in admissions at Fordham University, Montclair State University, and Barnard College. Visit our website to learn more about Tova Tolman.