Ivy League admissions

In last week’s episode of Getting In: a College Coach Conversation, Beth Heaton welcomed guests to talk about predictability in admission to the most selective colleges, the continuation of our Application Workshop series, and some of the wackiest scholarships up for grabs. 

Ivy League Admissions 

Karen Crowley, former admission officer at University of Pennsylvania and Boston University and current director of college counseling at a high school in Long Island, joined Beth to discuss how to honestly assess your performance to see how competitive you might be at an Ivy or similarly competitive institution. They shared why it can be so hard to give your own credentials an objective review without letting emotions cloud your perspective. Before they ended, they talked about what level of impact is expected from your activities and who to ask to write your letters of recommendation.

School’s Out! College Application Workshop     

After the break, Beth continued the next segment of our summer-long series on completing your college applications. This week, Beth was joined by our colleagues Karen Spencer and Beth Feinberg Keenan to tackle the financial considerations of putting together your college list. In addition to handing out your next assignment, the three discussed some tools and websites to use to get good early predictions on the actual cost of a school for your family. Karen reiterated my favorite tip on which kinds of schools to add to your list if you want to maximize the scholarship dollars you hope to earn.

Quirky Scholarships       

And speaking of scholarships, in the last segment Beth was joined by Shannon Vasconcelos to share how to find that quirky unique scholarship that is perfect for you. The Flavor of the Month Scholarship made me hungry for ice cream, and Beth and Shannon’s confusion between the Humane Society scholarship vs the National Beef Society scholarship made me laugh out loud. Are you super tall? Super short? Shannon explained why small applicant pools might increase your odds.  If this segment left you wanting more quirky scholarship info, check out Shannon’s latest post on this very topic.

Tune into Getting In: A College Coach Conversation Thursday to get your next assignment in our Application Workshop and to learn more about how debt impacts aid eligibility.


Written by Tova Tolman
Tova Tolman is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Prior to joining College Coach, Tova worked in admissions at Fordham University, Montclair State University, and Barnard College. To learn more about Tova, be sure to read her bio on getintocollege.com.