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On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Sally Ganga welcomed guests to explore the college transfer process and opportunities for private scholarships.

Transferring from a Community College to a Four-Year College

First, Sally welcomed John Fink, a Research Associate at Columbia University’s Community College Research Center. With only 33% of community college students continuing on to and graduating from a four-year university, Sally and John discussed strategy to optimize college transfer success, including course selection.

Transferring to a Selective College

Next, Sally welcomed Emily Toffelmire, College Coach admissions consultant and former USC admissions officer to talk about transferring to selective four-year institutions.

  • Do selective colleges prefer students transfer from a community college or another four-year institution?
  • What are the benefits to applying as a transfer with just one year of college-level coursework versus two?
  • What are the realities for students who might be struggling academically, yet still have hope for transferring to a selective four-year institution?

Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

In the final segment, Sally welcomed College Coach finance expert, Shannon Vasconcelos. The time is now to be applying for private scholarships! Three specific opportunities were introduced and the chances of receiving local community scholarships versus bigger national scholarships were explored.

On the next episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Beth Heaton returns to talk about the role of the interview in highly selective college admissions, women’s mentoring programs on college campuses, and how to compare financial aid offers.


Written by Kristine Sawicki
Kristine Sawicki is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Kristine was an admissions officer at Stanford University and Reed College. Visit our website to learn more about Kristine Sawicki.