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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.

The Final Decision

Former Babson College and College of the Holy Cross admissions officer, Kimberly Asselta, joined the show for the second segment to help listeners make the all-important final choice. How do you pull the trigger to make the call by the May 1st deposit deadline when you have a number of great options that all cost the same?  Kimberly stressed the importance of visiting – or revisiting—the college as an accepted student, which is a visit with very different eyes than that of a prospective student deciding to apply. She also gave a huge arsenal of questions a student might ask to find their very best option. Even if you’re a senior who has already made the final decision, pass this segment along to your younger friends and siblings!

Questions from Listeners

In the third segment College Coach team member Erica Braley presented listener questions for Beth to give her candid professional advice.  Questions asked included:

  • “Can we start the Common App now?”
  • “Will attendance at summer enrichment programs (especially where college credit is earned) be considered favorably in the admissions process?”
  • “How do you relay the drop of activities due to an injury on the application?”
  • “Should my daughter write her essay about overcoming dyslexia, or is that sharing too much information?”

Of course, we recommend tuning in to find the answers to all of the questions above!

Tune in to this week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation tomorrow at 4 PM EDT to hear our guests discuss new topics: a post-graduate year option; what it’s like to be an international student in the US; and what you need to think about after you’ve submitted your deposit. See you then!


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.