college list tips

On the last episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Sally Ganga spent the majority of the show responding to listeners’ questions. Sally also had a timely conversation regarding Regular Decision application lists.

Regular Decision College List Tips

In the first segment, former Reed College admissions officer Abigail Anderson joined Sally to focus on what a Regular Decision college list should look like. With many students still waiting for early round results to be returned, the instinct may be to take a deep breath and take a break for a few weeks from application writing. But with many colleges having January 1st Regular Decision deadlines, now is really not the time to take a breather! Abigail and Sally discussed how a student’s Early Round list might influence the Regular Decision list and whether you need to adjust it based on results from the Early Round. You might not have considered this before, but should you ever take some colleges off your list after you receive the results (good or bad) from the Early Round? Tune in to the full segment to make sure your Regular Decision list is on track (*spoiler alert*: you should have at least two “no problem” schools ready to go!).

Answering Listener Questions

For the remainder of the show, finance expert Shannon Vasconcelos joined Sally for a lightning Q&A round. Recently on the College Coach Facebook page, our colleagues ran a “Fact or Fiction” contest to confirm or dispute all of those rumors you’ve heard about the college admissions and financing processes. The amount of submissions we received were overwhelming, so, in an effort to address them all, Shannon and Sally took on a number rumors in this week’s listeners’ questions segment. You’ll have to listen to the full segment to hear whether the following statements (and more!) are fact or fiction:

  • If you are a legacy, you should contact the admissions office to talk to their alumni liaison.
  • There’s no reason to apply for other scholarships because it will only decrease the value of the scholarship you’ve already been awarded.
  • When interviewing for a highly selective university, you should not show your competitive academic drive.
  • For colleges that are need-aware, don’t even bother applying if you are planning on submitting the FAFSA.
  • Asking about disability support lowers your chances of being accepted.

On the next episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Beth Heaton will be joined by a special guest to discuss “Colleges That Change Lives.” She’ll also cover what you should expect as you receive your Early Round results, as well as provide an insider’s look at St. Olaf College’s financial aid office. Don’t miss it!


Written by Lauren Randle
Lauren Randle is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Lauren worked as a senior admissions officer at Georgetown University and previously held positions in college counseling at Malvern Preparatory School and the Canadian International School of Hong Kong. Visit our website to learn more about Lauren Randle.