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Getting In: A College Coach Conversation

By Elizabeth Heaton

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.

  1. 1.
    UC Personal Insight Questions; Early Decision versus Early Action; Financial Impact of ED versus EA09/17/2020
    54:32
  2. 2.
    FAFSA and CSS Profile Preview; Georgetown Essays; Applying to College From Abroad09/10/2020
    49:32
  3. 3.
    Supplemental Essays & Why This College Prompts; COVID’s Impact on College Finance; Goals for Juniors09/03/2020
    52:09
  4. 4.
    Fall Standardized Testing Update; Listener Q&A08/27/2020
    54:37
  5. 5.
    Top 5 Series: Advice for Senior Year Admissions and Financial Aid Applications; Senior Timeline08/20/2020
    51:21
  6. 6.
    COVID’s Impact on SNHU; Tips for Online Learning; Using College Savings Plans to Pay College Bills08/13/2020
    51:58
  7. 7.
    COVID’s Impact on UCLA Admissions; Finance Conversations to Have Before Starting College08/06/2020
    51:00
  8. 8.
    Common App Essay; Tuition Payment Plans; Strengths Coaching07/30/2020
    52:17
  1. 9.
    Pre-Med Activities; Listener Q&A07/23/2020
    50:14
  2. 10.
    Maximizing Common App Activities Section; Engineering in Liberal Arts College; FERPA07/16/2020
    51:41
  3. 11.
    Essays on COVID-19; Selecting a College & Studying Abroad; Making the Most of the Summer Financially07/09/2020
    52:09
  4. 12.
    Essential Executive Function Skills; Summer Plans for Rising Seniors; Finding Scholarships by Major07/02/2020
    52:08
  5. 13.
    College Level Writing; Listener Q&A06/25/2020
    53:27
  6. 14.
    Distance Learning; Post-Graduate Years; Borrowing to Pay for College06/18/2020
    52:37
  7. 15.
    Adjusting Summer Plans; PSAT Scores & Scholarships; Navigating COVID-19 with Help06/11/2020
    51:40
  8. 16.
    College for B/C Students & Listener Q&A06/04/2020
    50:37
  9. 17.
    Online Vs On-Campus Costs & Standardized Tests & Computer Science05/28/2020
    52:59
  10. 18.
    9th & 10th Grade: Curriculum, Extracurriculars, & Financial Tips05/21/2020
    51:18
  11. 19.
    Pass/Fail & Ideas for Med School Hopefuls & Paying for College05/14/2020
    52:48
  12. 20.
    You've Made Your Choice Now What? Listener Q and A05/07/2020
    52:36
  13. 21.
    Top 5 College Lists and College Cost Savings Strategies; Deferring Your Enrollnment04/30/2020
    52:01
  14. 22.
    Pursuing ROTC; Biggest Myths: Admissions and College Finance04/23/2020
    53:07
  15. 23.
    Making the Final College Decision; Financial Fit; Don't Like Your College Options?04/16/2020
    54:08
  16. 24.
    COVID-19 Questions and Impact on College Finance; Listener Q&A04/09/2020
    52:36
  17. 25.
    Financial Aid Appeals; Finding the Best Program; One Student's Transfer Story04/02/2020
    54:37
  18. 26.
    COVID-19 & the Admissions Process; Comparing Financial Aid Awards03/26/2020
    56:30
  19. 27.
    Computer Science Programs; Questions to Ask on Campus Tours03/19/2020
    48:34
  20. 28.
    One Year Post Varsity Blues; ABCs of EFC03/12/2020
    57:07
  21. 29.
    BFA vs. BA; Gap Years; Cash for College Expenses03/05/2020
    52:35
  22. 30.
    State of College Admissions; Spring Break; Maximizing Tax Breaks02/27/2020
    53:55
  23. 31.
    International Students Applying to US Colleges; Listener Q&A02/20/2020
    50:51
  24. 32.
    5 Things Juniors Should Do Now; Free Test Prep Resources02/13/2020
    56:12
  25. 33.
    Fifth Anniversary Show!02/06/2020
    53:13
  26. 34.
    High School Counselors; Local Scholarships; The Last Semester01/30/2020
    52:34
  27. 35.
    The Transfer Process; Listener Q&A01/23/2020
    54:37
  28. 36.
    College Advice for Twins/Multiples; Plan for Seniors Starting Now01/16/2020
    55:45
  29. 37.
    Test Optional, MBAs, Don't Take the First College Offer You Get01/09/2020
    54:37
  30. 38.
    Applications Are In: Now What?; College Admissions Resolutions01/02/2020
    53:03
  31. 39.
    Common Data Set; Listener Questions12/26/2019
    56:17
  32. 40.
    New Landscape Tool; VA Tech & Santa Clara Essays; Winter Savings12/19/2019
    57:32
  33. 41.
    Admissions Myths; Paying for College; Colleges That Change Lives12/12/2019
    54:23
  34. 42.
    Mental Health Issues & Support in College; Application Countdown12/05/2019
    54:09
  35. 43.
    Encore: Trends in Merit and Financial Aid Packages; Listener Questions11/28/2019
    54:32
  36. 44.
    Coalition Prompts and University of Maryland Essay; Listener Q&A11/21/2019
    54:19
  37. 45.
    Gap Years, What to Do if You Are Deferred, Repaying Student Loan11/14/2019
    56:06
  38. 46.
    Top 5 College Application Mistakes; Too Many Applications11/07/2019
    54:42
  39. 47.
    UC Personal Insight Essays; Last Minute Tips; College Selection10/31/2019
    55:04
  40. 48.
    University of California Application; Listener Q&A10/24/2019
    53:24
  41. 49.
    Merit Scholarships; Early App Deadlines; Mindfulness in Test Prep10/17/2019
    54:57
  42. 50.
    Underclassmen Goals; Your School Counselor; Costs of Applying10/10/2019
    53:10
  43. 51.
    Bloopers, Early College Programs, Learn to Live Like a Student10/03/2019
    54:21
  44. 52.
    Listener Q&A; Johns Hopkins and UC Boulder Supplemental Essays09/26/2019
    53:59
  45. 53.
    College Admissions Myths; the CSS Profile; Submitting Test Scores09/19/2019
    55:45
  46. 54.
    Recommendations; FAFSA; Swarthmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr Essays09/12/2019
    55:52
  47. 55.
    Alumni Interviewer Tips; What is FERPA; Common App Activity List09/05/2019
    54:57
  48. 56.
    Essays for Vassar and University of Rochester; Listener Q and A08/29/2019
    54:38
  49. 57.
    College Financing; Staff Students Should Know; Apply Texas App08/22/2019
    54:51
  50. 58.
    Common App Changes, Readying Kids Financially, Wayfinding Academy08/15/2019
    55:43
  51. 59.
    EA/ED/Priority Admissions; Safety Schools; the College Bill08/08/2019
    55:09
  52. 60.
    High School Impact on Admissions; Listener Q and A08/01/2019
    54:08
  53. 61.
    Changes in Admissions- Work Study vs Part-Time Job- Subject Tests07/25/2019
    54:35
  54. 62.
    The Common App: prompts and supplemental essays- student loan debt07/18/2019
    54:45
  55. 63.
    Enough As She Is- Kindness Matters Financially Too!07/11/2019
    52:38
  56. 64.
    Encore: Do I Have a Chance of Getting into an Ivy League College?, School's Out Application Workshop, Quirky Scholarships07/04/2019
    56:31
  57. 65.
    Aid for Business Owners; Institutional Priorities; More Tests?06/27/2019
    53:56
  58. 66.
    Liberal Arts Degrees; Real Estate and the Financial Aid Process06/20/2019
    57:37
  59. 67.
    Summer Visits; Common App Essays; Finding Costs on College Sites06/13/2019
    52:24
  60. 68.
    Adversity Score; Getting the Most Out of the Summer; Listener Q and A06/06/2019
    54:51
  61. 69.
    Service Work; Transitioning to College05/30/2019
    53:19
  62. 70.
    Business Majors; Exploring Interests; Paying for Study Abroad05/23/2019
    55:35
  63. 71.
    Studying in Ireland, 529 Plans, Creating a High School Resume05/16/2019
    54:00
  64. 72.
    Opportunities in Environmental Studies; Listener Q and A05/09/2019
    56:21
  65. 73.
    The Deposit; Not-Rich Students; Do Colleges Care if You're Kind?05/02/2019
    54:30
  66. 74.
    Disagreeing on College Choice; Micro Scholarships; AP Exams04/25/2019
    54:38
  67. 75.
    Trends in Merit and Financial Aid Packages; Listener Questions04/18/2019
    54:32
  68. 76.
    No Acceptances?; Financially Smart Lists; Third Culture Kids04/11/2019
    55:02
  69. 77.
    Waitlisted? What to do and recent trends; Summer jobs and savings04/04/2019
    56:22
  70. 78.
    Applying Out of State. Choosing a College. College and Retirement03/28/2019
    51:58
  71. 79.
    College Admissions Scandal: What Happened and What Can You Do Now?03/21/2019
    54:58
  72. 80.
    UC A-G Requirements; How Much to Borrow; Starting a College List03/14/2019
    54:29
  73. 81.
    Admitted Student Events; College Consultants; College Financing03/07/2019
    57:46
  74. 82.
    How Many APs Do I Need?; Accepted Student Days; Visiting Colleges02/28/2019
    55:08
  75. 83.
    Is Dual Enrollment Always a Good Idea? Plus Listener Questions02/21/2019
    55:39
  76. 84.
    Negotiating Scholarships; Senioritis; Starting the College Essay02/14/2019
    55:28
  77. 85.
    Financial Aid Appeals; Demonstrated Interest; Contacting Colleges02/07/2019
    53:35
  78. 86.
    Exploring D3 Athletics; Summer Planning; Comparing Award Letters01/31/2019
    54:47
  79. 87.
    Avoiding the Starving Artist Scenario; Listener Q and A01/24/2019
    52:23
  80. 88.
    Value and the College List; Tax Breaks; Options Post-January 101/17/2019
    55:23
  81. 89.
    The Admissions Waiting Game; Tax Breaks; Scam Honor Societies01/10/2019
    55:20
  82. 90.
    Roth IRA to Pay for College; Resolutions; Group/Faculty Interview01/03/2019
    53:40
  83. 91.
    Applications: Submitting and Follow Up; How to Pay In-State Tuition12/27/2018
    53:32
  84. 92.
    Co-Op Programs; Essay Prompts for Wash U and Barnard College12/20/2018
    51:41
  85. 93.
    What to Do if You re Deferred Admissions and College Finance QandA12/13/2018
    56:20
  86. 94.
    ED, EA, and Priority Results; Repaying Loans; BC and Colgate Essays12/06/2018
    55:49
  87. 95.
    Engineering VS. Math Science Majors; Repay Student Loans Essays11/29/2018
    54:10
  88. 96.
    Encore: Questions You Should Never Ask an Admissions Officer: How Much Should I Save for College, General Services for Students with Learning Differences11/22/2018
    53:55
  89. 97.
    What if your Student Already Wants to Transfer? Listener Q and A11/15/2018
    56:21
  90. 98.
    The UC app, CA Financial Aid; Carnegie Mellon and Syracuse Essays11/08/2018
    56:11
  91. 99.
    Disciplinary Issues; Life Insurance Savings; Admissions Anxiety11/01/2018
    55:15
  92. 100.
    To Disclose or Not Disclose; When to Press Submit; Student Loans10/25/2018
    54:33
  93. 101.
    Early Decision Trends; Fast Applications; Listener Questions10/18/2018
    54:37
  94. 102.
    Choosing a Major, the CSS Profile, Submitting Test Scores10/11/2018
    53:25
  95. 103.
    Coalition Application; Study Abroad; Completing the FAFSA10/04/2018
    53:46
  96. 104.
    Early Action; Aid at Northeastern; Emory and Georgia Tech Essays09/27/2018
    55:02
  97. 105.
    Top 5 Application Mistakes; Admission and College Finance Questions09/20/2018
    54:34
  98. 106.
    Filling Out the FAFSA; Demonstrated Interest; Humanities Degrees09/13/2018
    55:18
  99. 107.
    Finding the Best College Value; Freshmen Challenges; Aid Refunds09/06/2018
    50:32
  100. 108.
    'Packaging' Yourself; Extracurriculars; Financial Aid Eligibility08/30/2018
    57:11
  101. 109.
    Letting Go: Sending Kids to College; Listener Questions08/23/2018
    54:16
  102. 110.
    A College Student's Perspective; Early Decision; the College Bill08/16/2018
    54:37
  103. 111.
    When to Take the SAT/ACT; Merit Scholarships; Supplemental Essays08/09/2018
    55:07
  104. 112.
    Accelerated Degrees; Need-Based Financial Aid; 2018-19 Common App08/02/2018
    55:38
  105. 113.
    First Year Abroad Programs; College Finance and Admissions Q and A07/26/2018
    55:38
  106. 114.
    Financial Aid and the Ivies; Choosing Courses; Subject Tests07/19/2018
    54:11
  107. 115.
    LinkedIn; Community College Financial Aid; Common App Account07/12/2018
    55:53
  108. 116.
    Saving on Dorm Supplies; UK Universities; After Freshman Year07/05/2018
    55:39
  109. 117.
    College in Canada; Office Hours: Listener Questions06/28/2018
    56:10
  110. 118.
    STEAM; Preparing for College; Starting at a Two-Year College06/21/2018
    53:45
  111. 119.
    Summer Test Prep; Loan Forbearance; Year in Review and Goal Setting06/14/2018
    54:45
  112. 120.
    Summer College Visits; School Refund Policies; Common App Essay06/07/2018
    55:01
  113. 121.
    College Finance and Admissions Q and A; ROTC05/31/2018
    52:48
  114. 122.
    Distinguishing Excellence on the App; Activity Resumes05/24/2018
    54:52
  115. 123.
    Distinguishing Excellence and the Ivy League; Transition to College05/17/2018
    55:06
  116. 124.
    Benefits and Drawbacks to Homeschooling; NY State Excelsior Program05/10/2018
    54:23
  117. 125.
    Ivy League Admissions and Athletic Recruitment; Repayment Plans05/03/2018
    54:37
  118. 126.
    'Best' School Options:How to Choose; Finance and Admissions Q and A04/26/2018
    55:15
  119. 127.
    Payment Plans; Myths: re UK Universities; Standardized Tests04/19/2018
    54:08
  120. 128.
    Creating a College List; Waitlists from the College Perspective04/12/2018
    55:41
  121. 129.
    High School Resources; Babson Financial Aid: Goucher Admissions04/05/2018
    56:03
  122. 130.
    NACAC State of Admissions Report; How Much to Borrow; Waitlisted?03/29/2018
    55:05
  123. 131.
    Small Fish in Big Pond or Big Fish in Small Pond?; Listener Q and A03/22/2018
    56:43
  124. 132.
    College Visit Pitfalls; Preparing for Results; More Finance Myths03/15/2018
    55:50
  125. 133.
    Overnight Visits; Urban Vs. Rural Vs. Suburban; Finance Myths03/08/2018
    57:29
  126. 134.
    Conversion Charts and the New SAT; Tax Refunds for Loans; Visits03/01/2018
    53:06
  127. 135.
    How Important Is Your Major to Your Career?; Listener Questions02/22/2018
    57:20
  128. 136.
    Summer Series: Arts; Tax Breaks; Senior Year Transitions02/15/2018
    55:41
  129. 137.
    Summer Series: Volunteer; Early Trends; Scholarship Negotiation02/08/2018
    52:38
  130. 138.
    Summer Series: Sports; Aid Appeals; Understanding EA Decisions02/01/2018
    54:20
  131. 139.
    Summer Series: Internships; Your Finance and Admissions Questions01/25/2018
    54:42
  132. 140.
    Summer Series: Writing; Fordham Admissions; 529 vs Prepaid Plans01/18/2018
    55:08
  133. 141.
    Summer Series: STEM; Helping Students Manage Money; Office Hours01/11/2018
    58:04
  134. 142.
    Early Action Results; What's An Award Letter; 2018 Resolutions01/04/2018
    54:19
  135. 143.
    Improving Chances via Gap Years; Office Hours: Listener Questions12/28/2017
    55:48
  136. 144.
    Deferral Next Steps; Summer Programs; Controlling College Costs12/21/2017
    53:25
  137. 145.
    MBA Expectations; Saving Tips for Late Starters; Columbia Essays12/14/2017
    53:49
  138. 146.
    Colleges That Change Lives; St. Olaf Financial Aid; Early Results12/07/2017
    54:57
  139. 147.
    Regular Decision College Lists; Finance and Admissions Questions11/30/2017
    56:08
  140. 148.
    Encore: Things to Know About the 2017-2018 Common Application; Office Hours11/23/2017
    56:20
  141. 149.
    Senior Year Grades; Net Price Calculators; USC Essays11/16/2017
    54:59
  142. 150.
    FAFSA and CSS Profile: After You Submit; Honors Colleges; UVA Essay11/09/2017
    52:39
  143. 151.
    Standing Out: Major; Lehigh and Lafayette Essays; the CSS Profile11/02/2017
    55:21
  144. 152.
    Standing Out: Where to Apply; Office Hours: Listener Questions10/26/2017
    56:20
  145. 153.
    Standing Out: Extracurriculars; FAFSA; Submitting Applications10/19/2017
    56:38
  146. 154.
    How to Stand Out; Should I File the FAFSA?; Standardized Tests10/12/2017
    54:53
  147. 155.
    Office Hours: UC Essays; Scholarships with Fall Deadlines10/05/2017
    54:38
  148. 156.
    Bad Essay Ideas; Princeton Supplemental Essays; Finance Questions09/28/2017
    54:38
  149. 157.
    Harvard Admissions; Health Professions Degrees; ApplyTexas Essays09/21/2017
    56:22
  150. 158.
    Admissions Myths; Office Hours; Inside BU's Financial Aid Office09/14/2017
    56:41
  151. 159.
    Office Hours: Writing the Why This College Essay; Tools to Do You09/07/2017
    52:16
  152. 160.
    Office Hours: The University of California Application;08/31/2017
    54:44
  153. 161.
    Cost of Applying to College; Exploring the Apply Texas Application08/24/2017
    58:39
  154. 162.
    Things to Know About the 2017-2018 Common Application; Office Hours08/17/2017
    56:20
  155. 163.
    Office Hours: Starting the College Essay; Inside the Admissions Office08/10/2017
    55:39
  156. 164.
    Applying to College as an International Student; How Students Can08/03/2017
    53:54
  157. 165.
    Office Hours: Summer College Visits; Evaluating College Career Services Offices; Your College Finance Questions07/27/2017
    54:25
  158. 166.
    Admissions Trends; Making the Most of College Fairs; College Loans with Bad Credit07/20/2017
    56:48
  159. 167.
    Office Hours: Getting Started on a College List; College Payment Plans; Inside the Admissions Office of the University of San Francisco07/13/2017
    55:58
  160. 168.
    Applying to College as an LGBTQ Student; Office Hours: Your College Finance Questions07/06/2017
    53:18
  161. 169.
    Scholarships with Summer Deadlines; Inside the Admissions Office at Georgetown University; Value of Summer Reading in the Admissions Process06/29/2017
    55:33
  162. 170.
    How to Choose the Best 529 Plan; Planning Ahead for Acceptance to a Top MBA Program; How Does Your Undergraduate College Choice Affect Getting Into Medical School?06/22/2017
    57:28
  163. 171.
    Inside the Admissions Office of Tufts University; Preparing Financially for a Semester Abroad; Office Hours06/15/2017
    53:46
  164. 172.
    Inside the Admissions Office of Reed College: Listener Questions on College Finance and Admissions06/08/2017
    57:50
  165. 173.
    Questions You Should Never Ask an Admissions Officer: How Much Should I Save for College, General Services for Students with Learning Differences06/01/2017
    53:55
  166. 174.
    Inside the University of Southern California Admissions Office: Why Should I Save for College? First Generation Students and Applying to College05/25/2017
    54:06
  167. 175.
    Inside the Admissions Offices of Holy Cross and Babson: Spending Your College Savings, Office Hours: Last Minute Summer Planning05/18/2017
    56:45
  168. 176.
    Alternative Path to Accelerated Medicine Programs: Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Office Hours: College Finance and Admissions Listener Questions05/11/2017
    54:18
  169. 177.
    What Is a Liberal Arts Education?, After the May 1 Deposit and Office Hours: College Visit Follow Up05/04/2017
    54:49
  170. 178.
    Inside the MIT and Caltech Admissions Offices, Paying for College with a Summer Job and College Admissions for Students on the Spectrum04/27/2017
    57:19
  171. 179.
    Does Applying to More Highly Selective Schools Increase the Odds of Acceptance: Office Hours, Perils of Gaming the System: Understanding Loan Options04/20/2017
    55:27
  172. 180.
    Inside the University of Pennsylvania Admissions Office - Office Hours: College Finance and Admissions Listener Questions04/13/2017
    55:41
  173. 181.
    Office Hours: Making a Final College Choice Based on Finances, Research Resources for College Admissions Questions, Impact of Sports on Campus Culture04/06/2017
    57:13
  174. 182.
    Evaluating Campus Safety - Office Hours: Waitlists and Appealing a Denial, Finding Scholarships in Spring of Senior Year03/30/2017
    54:29
  175. 183.
    Making Your Final College Choice - State System Spotlight: Texas, Education Tax Breaks03/23/2017
    55:52
  176. 184.
    State System Spotlight: State University of New York, Answering Listener Questions03/16/2017
    56:15
  177. 185.
    New Common App Essay Prompts, Scholarship and Financial Aid Renewability: Office Hours: Starting Your Common App Essay03/09/2017
    55:47
  178. 186.
    A Day in the Life of an Admissions Officer; How to Financially Plan for all Four Years03/02/2017
    54:38
  179. 187.
    How to Negotiate a -Better- Scholarship: State System Spotlight: University of California02/23/2017
    56:14
  180. 188.
    Everything You Need to Know About the National Merit Scholarship Process and Awards: Applying to College: How Can Parents Help?02/16/2017
    54:55
  181. 189.
    Financial Aid Appeals: What If College is Not the Right Next Step? Office Hours02/09/2017
    56:26
  182. 190.
    The Ivy League Admissions Interview, Comparing Financial Aid Offers: Women's Leadership and Mentoring Programs02/02/2017
    53:33
  183. 191.
    Scholarships with February and March Deadlines: Community College to Four Year Institution: Office Hours01/26/2017
    54:12
  184. 192.
    Office Hours: Answering Listeners' Admissions and College Finance Questions: High School Plan: Pre-Vet Students01/19/2017
    56:24
  185. 193.
    Steps to Take Now if You Want to Get Your MBA: Applying to Medical School, Financial Aid for Mid-Year Transfers01/12/2017
    55:09
  186. 194.
    Can an Average Student Get Into a Top-Tier School? Options if You Can't Pay the Spring College Bill- Office Hours: Avoiding the Rumor Mill: Our 100th Show!01/05/2017
    55:54
  187. 195.
    School's In Application Workshop: My Applications are Submitted-Now What? Listener Questions12/29/2016
    55:26
  188. 196.
    School's In Application Workshop - What to Do About Those Early Decision and Early Action Decisions; Trends in College Pricing12/22/2016
    55:50
  189. 197.
    School's In! Application Workshop: Countdown to January 1 and Listener Questions on College Finance and Admissions12/15/2016
    53:47
  190. 198.
    School's In! Application Workshop: Princeton, Yale, and Dartmouth Supplements: To Transfer or Not to Transfer12/08/2016
    54:47
  191. 199.
    School's In Application Workshop: Supplements for Penn, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, and Cornell: Keeping Track of Your Student Loans12/01/2016
    57:14
  192. 200.
    Encore: Do I Have a Chance of Getting into an Ivy League College?, School's Out Application Workshop, Quirky Scholarships11/24/2016
    56:31

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