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On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Sally Ganga unpacks how to pick courses for your first semester of college, everything you need to know about SAT Subject Tests, and financial aid at the Ivies.

How to Choose College Courses

While it might feel like your dorm room packing list is currently your most pressing issue, have you decided on what courses you will take for your first semester in college? There may be literally hundreds of course options to consider, so how do you choose?! Former admissions officer and new member of the College Coach team, Joy Biscornét, joins Sally for a high-level overview about what a first year college student should take into account when making their course schedule. If you’re undecided on your major, should you just take whatever sounds interesting? Who on campus can help you make these decisions? Before you pack up and ship off to college, tune in for insight on choosing courses.

What are SAT Subject Tests?

Former Barnard admissions officer Mary Sue Youn joins Sally for an Office Hours segment on SAT Subject Tests. If you have never even heard of these tests before, this segment is for you! Mary Sue and Sally discuss the “who, what, where, when, and why” of these exams: who should take them, what are they, where they really matter in the application process, when a student should take them, and why you may want to have them on your radar long before you apply as a senior.

Financial Aid at Ivy League Colleges

In the final segment, financial aid expert Laurie Peltier sheds light on how financial aid works at Ivy League colleges. If the sticker price is shocking you out of applying (not to mention than the single-digit acceptance rates!), you may be passing up an unbelievable bargain. But who qualifies for aid at the Ivies, and how is it calculated? Do other selective colleges have similar financial aid policies? After listening to this segment, it’s obvious that the Ivy League colleges really are in a league of their own!

On our next episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, we will cover study abroad programs you take in your first year of college, and we will answer many listener questions!


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.