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College Matters Guide to Getting Into the Elite College of Your Dreams

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2004

    AMAZING book-a must read for students and parents

    This book is absolutely AMAZING! I just got my copy a couple of days ago, and have already read it from cover to cover. Fred Hargadon, former Admission Dean of Swarthmore, Princeton, and Stanford raves about the book in the forward, and rightly so. I've read a lot of the books on the market, but never one that was this thorough. It's packed full of info on everything from the new format SAT to winning scholarships and financial aid to advice just for parents. And the information is wonderfully thorough--the authors are obviously very knowledgeable and i'm just glad that they decided to share everything they've learned with us. Plus, i was surprised at what frank and straightforward information that this book contained from admissions deans and experts, in special inserts that supplemented what the authors wrote. I was also impressed that it seems to address a diversity of concerns, without droning on and on. Best of all, it is a great, fun read. Like Dean Hargadon said in the forward, the authors were obviously serious about the work, without taking themselves too seriously. This is a book that even a kid who hates to read can pick up and enjoy and identify with, as it is written by young people. The motivation behind the book is also amazing. It was written by students from an acclaimed student-run non-profit called College Matters that has helped thousands of students apply to college. All proceeds from the book are benefiting a scholarship fund for underserved students. So i know that not only did i get a great read; the little bit of money i spent on the book all went to a great cause. Overall, i would say if you are a high school student--or the parent of one--this is a book that you cannot afford not to read. The information contained inside could easily make the difference between getting in and getting rejected from your dream school, or winning or not the money to pay for your education wherever you go (BTW, despite the title, the book talks about applying to a wide variety of colleges, not just so-called elite colleges, so even if your not considering the traditional 'elite' colleges, it will still be super useful).

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