Getting In: A College Coach Conversation

Getting In: A College Coach Conversation

Planning for college? Tune into Getting In: A College Coach Conversation for tips, techniques, and insider perspectives. Hosted by Elizabeth Heaton, a former admissions officer at the University of Pennsylvania, and featuring her fellow admissions and college finance experts from Bright Horizons College Coach, the show shares what colleges are really looking for and how to highlight your hard-won achievements for the best chance at success. New episodes air every Thursday at 4 PM Eastern Time, 1 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety channel.

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May 19, 2022 60 min
No summer plans? No problem! There are so many interesting things students can do with their summers that don’t need to be planned way in advance. Tune in to learn more. Interest rates are rising, and we’re discussing what that might mean for college financing and savings. Finally, we have advice re: asking for letters of recommendation, including who, when, and how to ask.
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Now that the dust has settled on regular decision 2022, we’re sharing the results and trends we’re seeing. We’re also exploring things to think about if you’re trying to decide whether to move out of the dorm to an off-campus apartment next year.
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Babson, Olin, and Wellesley Colleges may seem like three very different colleges sharing only a similar location. But they’ve come together for an interesting collaborative program impacting students at each of the schools. Their three admissions deans join today’s podcast to share more about it.
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Did you receive one of the dreaded “not a no but not a yes” waitlist offers? There are some strategies you can employ, and we’ll share them on the show today. It’s also tax season, and we have some tax-advantaged ways for you to save for college. Finally, one of our own seniors joins the show to share his college search, application, and decision process.
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It’s late April, and most seniors are getting ready to make their final choice and deposit at the college they’ll attend next fall. We’re covering all the next steps they need to be thinking about. Many students with top choice colleges feel like they should attend a summer program at that college. We’re also talking through the value of attending a college that participates in a consortium of some kind, from the Five Colleges in M...
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Student athlete hoping for a scholarship? In honor of National Student Athlete Day on April 6, we have everything you need to know about athletic scholarships for college. In another story from our team, Vanessa Garrido will share her story of applying to college as the first generation daughter of immigrants. And for those students with access to Naviance through their high school, we’re offering tips on how to use it to its fulle...
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For all the seniors celebrating their acceptances and making their final selection, there are a few unhappy with their results and contemplating a different path. If you are thinking about taking a gap year and reapplying, we have some suggestions for evaluating your options and deciding how best to move forward with this process. High school students choosing courses for the coming school year may be wondering if they should add A...
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Students have been warned about cleaning up their social media presence, but many don’t realize that some sites can be beneficial to high school and college students. Andrew Cohen, senior enterprise account executive for the education vertical at LinkedIn joins the show today to share how high school and college-bound students can best utilize and leverage LinkedIn during the college admissions process. In Office Hours, we’re answe...
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Many families will take out loans to help pay for college. We’re exploring the good, bad, and ugly of parents borrowing money to fund this big expense. We’re also discussing sports academies and how to determine if this is the right choice for your student athlete. In Office Hours, we have tips on getting started on a preliminary college list.
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Many students with top choice colleges feel like they should attend a summer program at that college. We’ll talk about the pros and cons of that decision and share our bottom line on this. We will also cover admitted student events: why you might want to attend and what to do while you’re there. We’re also unpacking Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF for short) and how to determine if you qualify, how to take advantage of the pr...
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Regular decision results are coming out, and we can help! We have advice about how to decide and what to do if you are waitlisted. In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re discussing what makes a someone a good candidate for a women’s college. In Office Hours, we’re answering your college finance and admissions questions.
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March 3, 2022 54 min
New York Times columnist Ron Lieber published The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Road Map for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make in early 2021. Our team is sharing their thoughts on the book in this episode.
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What does it mean when your college of choice accepts you and then asks you to spend your first year in another country? We’ll share more about starting college abroad, from why these programs exist to what to expect to whether or not you can ask for a more traditional start on campus. In our final Financial Aid Awareness Month segment, we’re sharing more about what a financial aid officer actually does and how they can help you. F...
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Test optional policies driven by limited access to testing during the pandemic have made that part of the process more confusing, especially at colleges that rely heavily on grades and testing alone when making admissions decisions. Chris Lucier, former VP at University of Vermont and University of Delaware, joins the show to share his insight into the impact of test optional policies on applicants to public universities. In our se...
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February is Financial Aid Awareness Month, and we’re celebrating by covering the basics of financial aid, from the definition to available options to funding sources. We’re also welcoming a guest to the show to share his journey from music major to SVP at IDW Publishing, offering some proof that you don’t have to study business in college to be successful in the business world. And finally, if you’ve hired a private counselor, we h...
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February 3, 2022 53 min
We regularly speak to students with an interest in the medical field and the different paths available to them. This week, a working nurse will join the show to discuss his journey to becoming a nurse and offer insight into his work. We’ll also be answering your college finance and admissions questions.
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Today, we are fortunate to have former University of Chicago Dean of Admission, Ted O’Neill, offer a retrospective of his 30+ years serving in admissions. We will wrap up the show focusing on tax season, and we have information on education tax breaks—what they are and how to take advantage of them.
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Did you know that you can ask for more merit money? Well you can, and we have some information about when and how to do this. We’re also looking at the myths that surround the SAT and ACT, and digging into what we mean when we talk about finding good fit colleges. Hint: my good fit and your good fit are highly unlikely to be one and the same.
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2021 was the year when we were supposed to emerge from beneath the COVID cloud. It didn’t exactly pan out that way, but we did emerge! We’re sharing insight into what went well for our students in the college admissions process and how to think about your own process with those experiences in mind. On the paying for college front, we’re looking at income-driven repayment options and helping you decide if this could be a good path f...
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January 6, 2022 51 min
Is it too early to start thinking about the summer? Of course not! Early winter is the perfect time to think about what you want to do and where you want to do it—we have tips for getting started. We’re also answering college finance and admissions questions in our Office Hours segment.
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