College Admissions Trade Secrets: A Top Private College Counselor Reveals the Secrets, Lies, and Tricks of the College Admissions Process

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iUniverse, 2001 - Study Aids - 288 pages
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True or False: Princeton's Director of Admissions hacked into Yale's secured admissions website to find out who Yale had accepted and rejected. Boston College's average SAT score is up to 1370 and Boston University's average SAT score is up to 1320. Carnegie Mellon offers spots on a priority wait-list to students who send in cash and most of these students get admitted.

Well, it's all true. An FBI investigation traced Yale's hacked website back to the computer of Princeton's Director of Admissions, Stephen LeMenager. Boston College's average SAT score is the same as Cornell's and close to Penn's (both Ivies). Carnegie Mellon does have a "priority" wait-list-it costs $400 to be on it and the admissions rate is 95%. Welcome to the circus.

Dazed and Confused. Students see the college list published by their high school's guidance department listing every acceptance and rejection from the prior year. Next to each entry is a GPA, a SAT score and the number of AP classes taken. The list is usually ordered from highest to lowest GPA. The first entry: 4.19 (unweighted), 1430 SAT, 7 AP classes, Princeton-rejected, Yale-rejected, Harvard-rejected, Stanford-rejected, Columbia-rejected, Vassar-accepted.

Ouch. Scan down the list looking for Yale. Did anyone get into Yale last year? Down at the ninth entry: 3.93, 1450 SAT, 6 AP classes, Brown-accepted, Yale-accepted, Georgetown-accepted. Okay, anyone else? Scan down to the twenty-second entry: 3.88, 1560 SAT, 7 AP classes, Yale-accepted, Duke-accepted, William and Mary-rejected.

This doesn't make any sense, thinks the student. Many of the students with the best grades didn't get into any top colleges and still others were rejected at colleges ranked lower than the colleges to which they were accepted.

Welcome to the world of college admissions. Ever wondered what a private counselor tells an Upper East Side family for $10,000? The secrets are in College Admissions Trade Secrets. College Admissions Trade Secrets is a straight forward guide to:

Top 7 Lies Colleges Tell
The Real Scoop Behind Acceptance Rates
Things That Really Matter When Comparing Colleges
How to Write a Great Essay and Prep for a Great Interview
Common Mistakes that Result in Rejection
Last Minute Tips for Seniors
A Scandalous Examination of Harvard's Course Catalogue, Penn's View Book, and NYU's Faculty
How Anyone Can Avoid Being in the Pool of Applicants with the Lowest Acceptance Rate

 

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Contents

Welcome to the Circus An Introduction
1
Why You Need This Book
5
How to Think About a College Education
8
A Note to Parents
17
A Note to Students
23
College Rankings
26
The Players
33
Getting Started
51
Essays
138
Interviews
146
Standardized Tests
159
Putting the Application Together
175
The Application Cycle
180
Early Decision Early Action
184
Your Real Chances of Getting In
195
How Top Colleges Actually Admit Students
197

You in 12th Grade
54
You YearByYear
59
Comparing Choosing
65
Things That Matter
73
Worthless Information
91
Campus Visits
98
The CASIS
104
You the Top Applicants
106
Getting Information
109
Grades Classes Transcripts
115
Extracurricular Activities Honors Awards
124
Recommendations
129
The Academic Index Other Formulae
221
You Make the Call
227
The Worst Things You Can Do
232
Strategies
237
Last Minutes Tips for Seniors
247
College Directories
249
Test Prep Courses Books
253
Frequently Asked Questions
257
Internet Sites
266
The Best The Worst The Rest
269
Glossary
275
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