Common App changes

On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Elizabeth Heaton welcomed guests to talk about the new changes in the 2017-18 Common Application, tips for establishing a budget for college, and strategies for approaching activity resumes. You can listen to the complete show on the VoiceAmerica network or by searching for Getting in: A College Coach Conversation on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

2017-2018 Common App Changes

The Common Application opened on August 1 and Beth welcomed College Coach admission expert Elyse Krantz to talk about what’s new in the most widely used college application. Elyse walked listeners through some of the most notable changes including:

  • A new section that seven colleges are requiring—a grid to self-report your courses and grades.
  • The ability to import text of your essays with a Google Drive integration button.
  • A Preview button to allow you to see how colleges view your application.

How to Budget for College Beyond Tuition

Families can be taken by surprise by how many expenses college invites beyond tuition, room, and board. Beth welcomed College Coach finance expert Jeanne Mahan to talk about budgeting for the true cost of college. From dorm room essentials, to travel costs, to fees for student organizations, to parking permits, Jeanne shared insight on what to expect the true cost of college to be. She explored strategies on how to budget for these expenses, including how 529 plans can be used for these costs.

Activity Resumes

Do you need an activity resume, in addition to the activities section of the application? What should be included on an activity resume? How long should an activity resume be? Beth welcomed College Coach admission expert Kimberly Asselta in the final segment of the show to explore tips on how to present your extracurricular work in the college application.

On the next episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Ian Fisher hosts a show to discuss the costs of applying to college, the Apply Texas application, and listeners’ questions.


Written by Kristine Sawicki
Kristine Sawicki is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Kristine was an admissions officer at Stanford University and Reed College. Visit our website to learn more about Kristine Sawicki.