Acing the College Application: How to Maximize Your Chances for Admission to the College of Your Choice

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Ballantine Books, 2007 - Study Aids - 262 pages
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With so many qualified applicants, competition for college admissions is fiercer than ever. Now you can put yourself ahead of the pack by making your application flawless!

When applying for college, good grades and high standardized test scores are not always enough to guarantee admission. What sets you apart, argues Michele Hernández, is the way you describe yourself in your application. But how do you present yourself with flair, and highlight all your talents, skills, and passions, in just a few pages?

A former assistant director of admissions at Dartmouth College, Dr. Hernández takes you step-by-step through the entire application process, revealing the details that make or break an applicant. From the multitude of short and longer essays to the myriad of charts, lists, and personal data sections, she offers essential advice, useful anecdotes, and vivid examples. Included are:

• A line-by-line look at the common application
• The truth about the essays, with samples of those that made the grade
• The best way to ask for teacher and guidance counselor recommendations
• When to provide colleges with optional essays and peer evaluations
• The ten common myths and misconceptions of the on-campus interview
• The most meaningful academic subjects, work experience, and extracurricular activities to mention
• Early action versus early decision—the trade offs

With this helpful, savvy book, prospective college students—and their parents and counselors—can now vastly improve their chances of getting into the college of their choice.

“Want to scale the Ivy wall? Michele Hernández gives you the tools to do it. This brisk, no-nonsense book is built on inside dope, and Hernández’s experience allows her to challenge conventional admissions thinking.”
—HARRY BAULD
Author ofOn Writing the College Application Essay
  

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Excellent book to help parents and high school juniors/seniors navigate applying for colleges. Helpful hints with the activities resume. Read full review

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I highly recommend this book if you have a junior or senior in high school and are beginning the application process for college. The process has changes so much since I applied back in the "dark ages ... Read full review

Contents

THE ACTVTY LST OOOOUILM
5
THE WARMUP ESSAYS
55
THE WARMUP ESSAY REDUX
65
THE MAIN ESSAY
77
THE SUPPLEMENTAL ESSAY
107
ODDBALL ESSAYS
129
THE XHY PARAGRAPH
137
A STEPBYSTEP LOOK AT THE DATA SECTION
149
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER AND FOLLOWING UP
167
O TEACHER AND COUNSELOR RECOMMENDATIONS
173
I3 EARLY ACTION VERSUS EARLY DECISION
213
WHAT TO SEND AND WHAT NOT TO SEND
225
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About the author (2007)

Michele A. Hernández graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1989 and holds a Doctorate of Education. She was Assistant Director of Admissions at Dartmouth from 1992 to 1997. The author of A Is for Admission and The Middle School Years, she runs her own consulting business (www.aisforadmission.com) for prospective college applicants. For the past five years, her students have been accepted to top colleges with close to a 100% success acceptance rate.

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