college admissions process

On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Ian Fisher welcomes a student guest to talk about her college search, and is later joined by members of the College Coach team to talk Early Decision and paying the tuition bill. In the middle of all of that, Ian squeezes in a spotlight on Colorado College.

The College Admissions Process: A Student’s Perspective

In the first segment, Ian is joined by a special guest: College Coach alumna and current rising junior at Lehigh University, Joy Zhong. Joy worked with Christine Kenyon to navigate her search and application process. Joy did not sign on with College Coach until September of her senior year, and she and Ian discuss whether or not she felt like she was starting late. They also review the number of schools Joy applied to, where Lehigh was on that list, how she got involved in her campus community, and what advice she wants every parent of a college applicant to hear.

What is Early Decision? Policies, Practices, and Strategies

Ian begins this segment by putting Emily Toffelmire in the hot seat with a pop quiz. Emily (successfully!) reviews the difference between Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED), explains the seriousness of an ED contract, and shares some questions to ask yourself when choosing where to apply ED. Emily also runs through some of the statistics on ED admit rates and offers some commentary on what might be impacting those numbers.

Finance Corner: Paying Your Tuition Bills

Last but never least, Alex Bickford joins Ian to talk about the inevitable reality of paying your college bill. Alex explains what you need to do and who to contact if your bill includes the statement “anticipated aid.” They also cover how work-study money comes into play, health insurance fees, and, most critically, what to do if you don’t have the money to cover the cost of the bill.

Tune in to our next episode when Elizabeth Heaton is back in the host seat to discuss more of your listener questions. If you have a question you’d like answered on-air, feel free to submit it on our website.


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.