It’s almost summer, but rather than heading to the beach, host Elizabeth Heaton was back at the microphone at Getting In: A College Coach Conversation. In this week’s episode, Beth gave listeners a closer look at Connecticut College, helped them to understand the pros and cons of using retirement savings toward college, and answered a number of listener questions.
Plus More Thoughts on the Coalition Application
In the May 26th episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, guest host Sally Ganga tackled two topics: the new Coalition application, and study abroad (from both the academic and financial perspective).
Thoughts on the Coalition Application
Sally’s first guest, Marie Bigham, is currently the Director of College Counseling at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, and a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling Board of Directors. Marie clearly explained her understanding of the origin of the new Coalition for Access and Affordability, and then was unafraid to express her views about the success of the new platform.
The Community College Pathway to the University of California
Last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation began with Beth posing a few questions about access to the University of California system: what if finances are tight, or if you aren’t a top student and the UCs seem out of reach? To understand how a California community college might be an option, Beth brought back college admissions counselor Becky Leichtling. Becky explained how the UC system has carved out a path for graduates of a community college, sharing the percentage of students graduating from a UC, including the likes of Berkley and UCLA, who began their academic journey at a community college. (Hint: a MUCH larger percentage than I expected!) The two also discussed what the counseling landscape might look like, and what that crazy acronym IGETC means exactly.
In the May 12th episode of “Getting In: A College Coach Conversation,” guest host Ian Fisher welcomed three unique perspectives to discuss three very different topics.
Should I Take a Gap Year?
Earlier this month, Malia Obama announced that she’ll be taking a gap year before heading off to college, thus sparking many people to ask, “What is a gap year and should I also consider taking one?” College Coach admissions expert Kara Courtois joined Ian to discuss what a gap year is and the many reasons why a student might choose to take one.
The Academic Common Market
Last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation opened with host Beth Heaton and college financial aid consultant Shannon Vasconcelos, rounding out Part IV of the tuition reciprocity series a discussion on the Academic Common Market (you can find parts I-III in our Archives). Learn why a student from Alabama who wants to study English in South Carolina isn’t going to qualify for this program, while a student seeking a marine bio major from landlocked Tennessee could be eligible! Not every college participates in the program even among the 15 member states, and those that do participate may impose their own restrictions in terms of capping the number of students or mandating a minimum GPA requirement, and our expert provided tools to determine participation guidelines.
Last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, hosted by Beth Heaton, tackled two tough issues that high school seniors might be facing at this time of year, and also included a continuation of our finance discussions of regional reciprocity and tuition exchange programs.
Getting the Student Perspective
Last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, hosted by Sally Ganga, continued the trend of welcoming a current student to discuss her college selection process. Zainab Bindher, a College Coach alumnus and current student at the University of Michigan, introduced us not only to her application process but also the first year at UM. It was really intriguing to hear her description of her “Living Learning community,” a residential offering that enables her to connect with others with the same values both inside and outside the classroom. Because of her interest in social justice and aspirations for law school, Zainab’s participation in this community has been a huge part of her UM experience. For more stories from Zainab, including favorite courses and future goals, give the show a listen!
Brad Baldridge recently interviewed College Coach expert Elizabeth Heaton for his podcast Taming the High Cost of College.
Beth and Brad spoke in depth about what it takes to be admitted to highly selective schools like those in the Ivy League, covering everything from admissions officers’ qualitative to quantitative expectations.