There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. And for some students, this includes schools beyond the U.S., too! As such, we are highlighting an international college this week in our School Spotlight series.
On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Elizabeth Heaton welcomes guests to talk about standardized testing conversion charts, using tax refunds for student loan repayments, and strategies for visiting colleges. Listen to the complete show on the VoiceAmerica network or by searching for Getting In: A College Coach Conversation wherever you get your podcasts.
From American to Emory, from Occidental to Yale, I have attended a dizzying number of college tours. Beginning as a sophomore in high school, I traversed the country to learn about a wide range of colleges – public and private, large and small, highly competitive and less selective. While the primary purpose of the college tour is to simultaneously dazzle and enlighten prospective students, parents often wonder how they can make the most of this entertaining (if not exhausting) rite of passage. Below you’ll find my tips for how parents can maximize the campus tour experience.
All too often, we hear students rave about the moment they first set foot on campus for that gorgeous fall tour. Students were clustered in small groups dotting the quad, enjoying the brisk autumn air, discussing Kant or Boaz. A softball game had broken out on the diamond in front of one of the dorms, and these college kids felt effortlessly casual in the way they interacted with one another. In the dining hall, it was lasagna night—with a side of garlic bread, of course—and the conversations drifted from pop culture to the big game to politics. Wow. “From that moment on, I was in love.”
Not so fast, kiddo.
The latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation show featured a discussion with Michael Sherman of Graduate to Employment on factors to consider in terms of a college’s support for helping graduates find a job. The Office Hours segment covered tips for making the most of college visits during the summer. To wrap up the show, host Beth Heaton took a look at college finance questions recently submitted by listeners.