Plus More Thoughts on the Coalition Application
In the May 26th episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, guest host Sally Ganga tackled two topics: the new Coalition application, and study abroad (from both the academic and financial perspective).
Thoughts on the Coalition Application
Sally’s first guest, Marie Bigham, is currently the Director of College Counseling at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, and a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling Board of Directors. Marie clearly explained her understanding of the origin of the new Coalition for Access and Affordability, and then was unafraid to express her views about the success of the new platform.
The Community College Pathway to the University of California
Last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation began with Beth posing a few questions about access to the University of California system: what if finances are tight, or if you aren’t a top student and the UCs seem out of reach? To understand how a California community college might be an option, Beth brought back college admissions counselor Becky Leichtling. Becky explained how the UC system has carved out a path for graduates of a community college, sharing the percentage of students graduating from a UC, including the likes of Berkley and UCLA, who began their academic journey at a community college. (Hint: a MUCH larger percentage than I expected!) The two also discussed what the counseling landscape might look like, and what that crazy acronym IGETC means exactly.
In the May 12th episode of “Getting In: A College Coach Conversation,” guest host Ian Fisher welcomed three unique perspectives to discuss three very different topics.
Should I Take a Gap Year?
Earlier this month, Malia Obama announced that she’ll be taking a gap year before heading off to college, thus sparking many people to ask, “What is a gap year and should I also consider taking one?” College Coach admissions expert Kara Courtois joined Ian to discuss what a gap year is and the many reasons why a student might choose to take one.
It’s official, my daughter is going to college. She, her mother and I all huddle around the computer as she pays her deposit and clicks send.
It’s very exciting for her to finally have made a choice; she’s excited to start this next phase of her life. However, as the discussion afterward progresses, I realize that the process for her at this stage is totally different from mine. I waited until the summer to find out who my roommate would be and hoped we would be compatible coexisting in a small room. I nervously wrote letters over the summer to introduce myself and establish a rapport before the start of school. Still, it was with anticipation that we met on move in day and relaxed as we came to the realization that it was all going to work out. Over time, we settled in and were roommates for the next two years.
The Academic Common Market
Last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation opened with host Beth Heaton and college financial aid consultant Shannon Vasconcelos, rounding out Part IV of the tuition reciprocity series a discussion on the Academic Common Market (you can find parts I-III in our Archives). Learn why a student from Alabama who wants to study English in South Carolina isn’t going to qualify for this program, while a student seeking a marine bio major from landlocked Tennessee could be eligible! Not every college participates in the program even among the 15 member states, and those that do participate may impose their own restrictions in terms of capping the number of students or mandating a minimum GPA requirement, and our expert provided tools to determine participation guidelines.
Taking AP exams comes at a high cost both in the price of the exam and the stress associated with studying for the test. Depending on your age/grade and where you plan to attend college, taking the test might not be worth the cost to you. See below for a quick guide to help you decide whether to sit for those tough tests at the end of the academic year.
It’s hard news to hear, especially at this time of year, but not everyone gets into the school(s) of their dreams. It can be tough to feel disappointed when seemingly everyone around you is celebrating. Your confidence may take a major hit, and it can be difficult to get revved up and excited about where you have been admitted. While this experience is a part of the admissions process for thousands of students every single year, it’s a topic many don’t like to talk about. Below, college admissions advisor Karen Spencer, former admissions officer at Georgetown University and Franklin & Marshall, offers advice to parents looking for help in moving their grieving seniors past disappointing decisions:
Last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, hosted by Beth Heaton, tackled two tough issues that high school seniors might be facing at this time of year, and also included a continuation of our finance discussions of regional reciprocity and tuition exchange programs.
Getting the Student Perspective
Last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, hosted by Sally Ganga, continued the trend of welcoming a current student to discuss her college selection process. Zainab Bindher, a College Coach alumnus and current student at the University of Michigan, introduced us not only to her application process but also the first year at UM. It was really intriguing to hear her description of her “Living Learning community,” a residential offering that enables her to connect with others with the same values both inside and outside the classroom. Because of her interest in social justice and aspirations for law school, Zainab’s participation in this community has been a huge part of her UM experience. For more stories from Zainab, including favorite courses and future goals, give the show a listen!