Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 4, 2009 - Study Aids - 336 pages
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The updated edition of the must-have resource for any student applying to college

This thoroughly revised and updated edition of the bestselling book Admission Matters demystifies the college application process and offers practical advice for choosing the right school, writing an effective essay, navigating financial aid, and more. This handy resource will help any college-bound student whether they attend well-funded private schools or cash-strapped public schools. Filled with helpful suggestions, ideas, and advice, the new edition also includes tips for home-schooled students who are preparing to attend college.

  • Helps all students who are applying to college understand the process and find the school that fits their needs
  • Expanded information on testing, early decision/early action, applying as a home schooler, and tackling the dreaded college essay
  • Up-to-date advice on financial aid in tough economic times – how it works and how to maximize your chances of getting aid
  • Authors bring the multiple viewpoints of college admissions officer, high school counselor, and parent of college-bound students

This book gives any college-bound student the information they need to make the application process run smoothly.

 

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Contents

Why Has College Admissions Become So Competitive?
1
What Do Selective Colleges Look for in an Applicant?
21
How Do Colleges Make Their Decisions?
46
Finding What Fits
61
The Big Tests
108
Deciding About Early Decision and Other Early Options
132
Part I Getting Off to a Good Start Using the Common Application Writing an Effective
148
Part II
165
Advice to Parents and Students
231
Epilogue
241
A College Research Worksheet
251
Sample Student Information Sheet for Letters
273
E Cost of Attendance Worksheet
279
Glossary
291
Resources
297
Notes
303

Paying the Bill
187
Making Your Decision After the Colleges Make Theirs
211
About the Authors
309
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About the author (2009)

Sally P. Springer, Ph.D., is associate chancellor emerita at the University of California, Davis. She is a psychologist and has more than thirty-five years of experience in higher education as a professor and university administrator.

Jon Reider, Ph.D., is director of college counseling at San Francisco University High School, an independent 9-12 high school. For fifteen years he served as an admissions officer at Stanford University.

Marion R. Franck, M.A., is a weekly columnist for the Davis Enterprise. She has been a featured writer in UC Davis' publications for parents.

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