public universities of Texas

On last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host, Sally Ganga, and guests covered a range of topics: pulling the trigger on where to enroll, a deep dive into Texas public universities, and tax breaks that you or your student could potentially leverage.

Making the Final College Choice

In the first segment, former Georgetown admissions officer, Karen Spencer, helped current seniors struggling with “analysis paralysis” when it comes to making the decision on where to enroll next year. What do you do if you have multiple offers to choose from? Let’s first remember that this is a good problem to have! But that doesn’t stop the decision from feeling overwhelming. Karen and Sally picked through the reality of the situation, helping listeners evaluate priorities. They offered some concrete considerations for families to think about, like accepted student weekends and financial consequences.

Exploring the Public Universities of Texas

Sally was next joined by former CalTech admissions officer and Texas native, Zaragoza Guerra, for an insider’s view on public universities in Texas. Highlighting University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, University of Houston, University of Dallas, and University of Texas at San Antonio, Zaragoza proved that there is a college in Texas for just about anyone! Wondering where you’ll find “nerd pride” or the most cowboy boots at Texas colleges? Tune in to the full segment for the Lone Star State spotlight!

Taking Advantage of Education Tax Breaks

While tax season may not be everyone’s favorite time of the year, college finance expert, Cynde Quinn, helped shine a positive light on tax breaks that you may not have known about. Cynde walked through the three major tax breaks as the federal level and explained that they serve different populations of college-goers. Or perhaps you are wondering who gets the credit? The person in college or the one footing the bill? Tuning in to this segment could save you money before you send off your tax forms!

On our next show, Beth Heaton and guests will give guidance on how to handle a waitlist offer, highlight scholarships students can still apply for, and help families understand college campus crime statistics.


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.