trends in admissions

Sally Ganga is in the host seat for the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, tackling early admission round trends, summer volunteer programs, and scholarship negotiation.

Early Admission Trends

In the first segment, Sally is joined by Elyse Krantz to discuss the trends we saw this fall in the Early Action and Early Decision processes. (Fear not, Elyse begins with a quick crash course on what these plans are.) They talk about how students are applying to school earlier (20% more early applications than last year through the Common App!) and how some of the larger state universities have shifted their admission tendencies accordingly. Elyse and Sally muse on how this may or may not change a student’s game plan on when to hit submit.

Summer Volunteering

Next, Sally is joined by Olivia Sajjadieh, former admission officer at both American University and the University of Southern California, to discuss summer volunteer programs. They chat about the many options and benefits, the pros and cons to consider when looking at programs abroad, and share some important reminders about the value of service at any level, even when outside a formal program. They also offer some tips on how this should (or hint: shouldn’t!) connect to the application essay.

Scholarship Negotiation

In the last segment, Sally welcomes back Shannon Vasconcelos to talk about how to negotiate scholarships with colleges. Shannon clarifies the difference between need-based aid and merit scholarship dollars. (Listen to this episode for tips on how to appeal for more need-based aid). When addressing merit scholarships, Shannon explains what tone to take, what information to include in your request, and what follow up is appropriate. They share a bit of information that might help you manage your expectations, including the effects of applying Early Decision on negotiating packages.

On our next episode, Ian Fisher will be back to discuss summer programs in the arts and tax breaks available to those paying for college. Don’t forget to download the latest episode and past archives on iTunes!


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.