Facebook Live Recap: Ask America's College Counselor (12.18.19)

For this rapid-fire Facebook Live Q&A, I received questions from parents and students from all class years. During this session, I answered viewer questions in real time on topics like getting deferred, test scores, course selection, and more.

In case you missed it, keep reading for a list of some of the questions I answered during my Facebook Live Q&A and to watch the full video!

SOME QUESTIONS YOU'LL SEE ME ANSWER: 
  • Would two years of Spanish and then two years of French satisfy the "four years of a foreign language" recommendation?
  • Can history be combined with social science courses to satisfy recommended credits in history?
  • I got deferred from my top choice school. Is there anything I should be doing?
  • Are you finding that Early Decision isn't as helpful for admission as it once was?
  • What can I do to get into my top choice school when it's a reach?
  • Why do you recommend keeping pay-to-play programs off your application?
  • If a student is planning to be a liberal arts major, are Subject Tests really needed?
  • What is the mid-year report composed of? How important is it?
  • What is a good Subject Test score to send to an Ivy?
  • Is there a deadline that schools have to let a student know about Merit Scholarships?
  • How many AP classes do you recommend for a student who could qualify for several?
  • Are there any other scholarships besides the National Merit Scholarship that you can qualify for with your PSAT score?
  • I work for a university. Does listing that on my child's Common App hurt their admissions chances at peer group universities?
  • Do college admissions officers compare all applicants coming from the same high school to each other, and possibly limit how many students from each high school they accept?