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Congratulations to the College Coach Class of 2019!

Shannon Vasconcelos

Written by Shannon Vasconceloson July 11th, 2019

I came to College Coach with close to 10 years of experience in college financial aid offices. I began my career at Boston University, where I counseled students and their parents on the financial aid process and reviewed undergraduate financial aid applications. At Tufts University, where I served as assistant director of financial aid, I developed expertise in the field of health professions financial aid. I was responsible for financial aid application review, grant awarding and loan processing, and college financing and debt management counseling for both pre- and post-doctoral dental students. I have also served as an active member of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator’s Early Awareness and Outreach Committee, coordinating early college awareness activities for middle school students; as a trainer for the Department of Education’s National Training for Counselors and Mentors, educating high school guidance counselors on the financial aid process; and as a volunteer for FAFSA Day Massachusetts, aiding students and parents with the completion of online financial aid applications.
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Each spring, College Coach surveys the high school seniors that we’ve worked with through our private college counseling service to garner their insights on the college application process. We’ve just synthesized the results of our 2019 Senior Survey, and wanted to share the good news with our readers. College Decisions This year, we will be sending graduates off to 123 different colleges across the country. We have our fair share of Ivy League representation, including a number of graduates enrolling at Harvard, Penn, and Yale, with equally good representation at smaller liberal arts instiutions like Tufts, Elon, and Middlebury. We’ve got graduates heading to engineering schools like MIT, Georgia Tech, and the Caltech, and women’s colleges like Sweet Briar. Unsurprisingly, the most popular colleges among our graduates are some of the most sought-after research universities in the country, including University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, Cornell, and Northeastern. From art schools to business schools, large public to small private, we are thrilled to have helped so many students find their best fit colleges. Visit our website to view the full list of 2019 acceptances. Applications Submitted A worthwhile lesson for future college applicants demonstrated within our survey results is the value of focusing your college list. Though you may see a flood of stories in the media about students applying to 15, 20, or more(!) schools—and, at some high schools, it may seem like everyone is juggling such a massive college list—our numbers tell a different story. On average, College Coach’s students applied to just over 9 colleges. But did these focused lists result in poor admissions outcomes? Certainly not! In fact, quite the opposite! A full 98% of applicants who worked with College Coach were admitted to one of their top choice schools. Our admissions experts have found that stretching oneself too thin and applying to too many colleges can result in worse outcomes and are happy to report that most of our graduates took our advice to work towards a focused and well-balanced college list seriously. Sending congratulations to all our seniors for navigating the college admissions process to a successful end, and wishing the best of luck to graduates and their families as they embark on their next adventure! Contact-Us-CTA


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