Making It into a Top College: 10 Steps to Gaining Admission to Selective Colleges and Universities

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Harper Collins, May 11, 2010 - Study Aids - 512 pages
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Let America's premier college consultants take the mystery out of admissions.

As seen on PBS, this proven, ten-step program offers a comprehensive inside view of the state of college admissions today. Educational consultants Howard and Matthew Greene have mastered the science and art of college admissions, helping tens of thousands of students get into their schools of choice. This highly effective program is now available to all students who want to attend an outstanding college or university. The Greenes' cutting-edge approach will teach you to:

  • Think like an admissions officer
  • Plan a comprehensive admissions campaign
  • Understand and take advantage of current trends
  • Implement the best strategies for standing out

Whether it's choosing the best college for you, writing a winning personal statement, or planning your college financing, this fully updated new edition gives you the latest in admissions secrets, statistics, tactics, and facts.


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Population Changes 3 The Cost of Education 4 MeritBased Awards 6 Changes
Special Talents and Interests 13 Crime on Campus 15 The Trend Toward Useful
A Word About Our TenStep Plan 21 Two Applicants Who Made It 22 A Course
A Strategic Start 55 Begin with College Catalogues and Web Sites 56 The Class
The Five Ps 89 Know the Colleges 91 Discovering Colleges 95 Sources
Making a Choice 119 Academic Strengths 121 Extracurricular Strengths
Your Student Questionnaire 122 Answering the Student Questionnaire 123 Your
Your Academic Record Comes First 139 The Academic Criteria 140 Your
The Best Time to Visit 235 What to Look for on Campus 236
Finding the Competitive Edge 266 Eight Admissions Categories 268 The Different
Drawing Pie Charts in Your Junior Year 294 Independent School PieCharting 296
When to Market Your Strengths 302 What Does Marketing Involve? 303 Make
After Marketing What? 319 Write an Exciting Essay 320 Why Colleges Want
plan Your Selective College finances
Financial Aid Problems Have Their Solutions 355 The New Trends 359
LowInterest Loans 384 State Tuition Savings and Prepayment Plans 384 Some

Concentrating in Your Specialty 150 The Significance of Grades 150 Your Subject
Benefit from Enrichment Programs 154 A Sampling of Summer Opportunities 158
Who Should Take Enrichment Courses? 160 Improving Your Grades 162 Your
Approach Tests as Opportunities 167 Acquaint Your Parents with Tests 172
Learning About Tests 172 Myths About the SAT and ACT 173 Coaching or Tutoring
excel outside Class
Nonacademic Excellence as an Admissions Factor 212 Areas of Nonacademic
Looking Under the Hood 229 Your Turn to Choose 230 Preparing for Campus Visits
Admissions Procedures After Admission 401 Early Decision Obligations 402 Early
The Waiting List 409 Admissions Notification Before April 1414 Deferred
for international Students
Your Academic Résumé 442 The TOEFL 442 English as a Second Language ESL
Some International Student Profiles 446 Americans Abroad 451 The Time Factor
Yourworksheets for Making the ten Steps work for You

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Howard Greene, M.A., M.Ed., is the president of Howard Greene & Associates, the nation's leading independent educational consulting company, and is a former Princeton University admissions officer and member of the Faculty Board of Advisors. Howard has counseled thousands of students for almost forty years and has been a consultant for numerous schools, colleges, and corporations. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he holds master's degrees from Harvard and New York University. He lives in Wilton, Connecticut.

Matthew W. Greene, Ph.D., is Educational Director of Howard Greene & Associates. Matthew has consulted with families for a dozen years and often writes and speaks on educational planning and college admissions issues. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Matthew has taught and advised students at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he earned his doctorate in public policy. He lives in Wilton, Connecticut.

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