making the final college choice

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!

Finding the Bright Side

In the second segment, Karen Spencer arrived on the scene to provide a spoonful of sugar to help that tough decision medicine go down. The topic was ostensibly, “what to do if you’re not happy with your admissions decisions,” but I think it can more accurately be described as “how to look on the bright side.” Karen and Sally shared great tips for helping your child see the positive in her admissions decisions, regardless of what her aspirations may have been just four or five short months ago.

Answering Your Finance Questions

Finally, we turned to you the listeners for our final segment, in which Beth Feinberg-Keenan answered financial aid questions. Why submit the FAFSA if you won’t qualify for aid? Do colleges “front-load” funding for ED or EA students? Check back in the archives to hear Beth’s responses and identify whether they’ll be useful for you and your child going forward in this process. As always, we’re happy to field additional questions. Please submit them at

On this week’s show, which airs later today at 4pm EDT, we’ll be discussing an approach to take if you and your child don’t agree on a college choice, offering tips for the student that doesn’t have any acceptances at this late stage in the process, and in providing details on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. Join us on Getting In: A College Coach Conversation!


Written by Ian Fisher
Ian Fisher is an experienced educational consultant, part of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Ian received his master’s in policy, organization, and leadership studies from the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining College Coach, Ian worked as a senior admissions officer at Reed College. Visit our website to learn more about Ian Fisher.