preparing for the SAT

On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Sally Ganga and guests discuss how many AP classes should you take, financial aid questions for admitted students to ask, and tips for your college visits during upcoming spring breaks.

Financial Aid for Admitted Students

In the first segment, Stacey MacPhetres joins Sally to talk about the financial aid questions you should be asking when attending an admitted student day. Stacey lists some other offices beyond the obvious that you definitely don’t want to miss when you’re on campus. They review the questions families should be asking regarding meal plans, payment plans, and health insurance. Stacey also reviews some of the nuanced questions to ask of the Financial Aid Office regarding Federal Work-Study and on-campus jobs.

How Many AP Classes Do I Need to Take?

As any devoted listener of our podcast knows, the most common answer to our most frequently asked questions is…“It depends!” And the answer to, “How many AP classes do I need to take?” is no exception. Kennon Dick and Sally unpack what is often being asked behind the question, why there isn’t a magic number, and how to know what might be right for you or your child. Fear not, they also talk about what happens if Advanced Placement courses might not be right for your child in the first place! Kennon reviews how honors, International Baccalaureate, and other accelerated courses come into play, and they clarify why the context of your high school impacts all of these pieces.

Office Hours: Spring Break College Visits

In the last segment, Sally is joined by Emily Toffelmire to discuss what one actually does on a college visit and when the best time is to do one.  Emily explains why it’s important to register for the visit and clarifies who should be the one to sign up. They review what questions to ask, where to go, how to take effective notes, and what parents can do to make sure students take the lead. Sally doesn’t let Emily leave without sharing some insight on what not to do or ask when visiting a college campus.

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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.