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

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New edition of the go-to reference to college admission

Getting into college has never been more complicated or competitive. Parents and students need expert guidance to navigate the maze of college admissions. This thoroughly updated edition of Admission Matters is the best source, covering the whole process for any applicant. The authors offer great practical advice for selecting the right school, writing effective essays, navigating financial aid, and much more. No matter ...

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Overview

New edition of the go-to reference to college admission

Getting into college has never been more complicated or competitive. Parents and students need expert guidance to navigate the maze of college admissions. This thoroughly updated edition of Admission Matters is the best source, covering the whole process for any applicant. The authors offer great practical advice for selecting the right school, writing effective essays, navigating financial aid, and much more. No matter what type of school a college-bound student may select, Admission Matters will give them the edge they need.

  • Offers an essential resource for understanding the admission process for all students applying to college
  • Addresses the most recent changes to the college application process
  • New sections include information for international students, transfer students, and students with learning disabilities, as well as expanded advice for athletes, artists, and homeschoolers

This is an essential handbook for any family facing the college admission process.

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Editorial Reviews

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"single, most useful handbook on the complicated and often confusing process of applying to college." (Examiner.com, September 2013)
Library Journal
Springer (associate chancellor, Univ. of California, Davis) and freelance writer Franck have produced an honest, detailed account of the increasingly competitive admissions process at selective colleges and universities. Teens and their parents will gain a behind-the-scenes look at the entire process, from researching schools, to applying, to accepting an offer of admission. Especially notable are the extensive critique of college rankings and a thought-provoking epilog by a former dean of admissions. Although the writing is at times tedious and the information a bit overwhelming, the many quotes from applicants, parents, counselors, and admissions officers help bring the text to life. What results is a calm, rational perspective on this chaotic and often overly competitive process. Parents will especially appreciate the tips for helping their teens with the practical and emotional components of applying to colleges. Unfortunately, this volume focuses on only selective schools (i.e., those accepting less than half of their applicants), so it will not be useful for all families. Recommended for large public libraries and those with strong college sections.-Erica L. Foley, Flint P.L., MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118450277
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Series: CourseSmart Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 129,478
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1 Why Has College Admissions Become So Competitive?

It Used to Be Simple . . . But Not Anymore • Which Colleges Are the Most Selective?

• Why So Much Interest in Such a Small Group of Colleges? • The Importance of Fit.

• The Rankings Game • Concerns About Rankings • Why Are Rankings So Popular?

• Looking Ahead.

2 What Do Selective Colleges Look for in an Applicant?

How College Admissions Has Changed • What Matters Now • The Academic Record.

• Standardized Tests • Engagement Beyond the Classroom: The Extracurricular Record.

• Personal Qualities: The Person Behind the Paper • Hooks • Fitting It All Together.

3 How Do Colleges Make Their Decisions?

Who Works in Admissions? • Ambassadors and Gatekeepers • What Happens to Your.

File? • Tentative Decisions • Making the Final Decision • Building the Freshman Class.

• The Role of Your High School Counselor • A Few Words About Independent College.

Counselors • The Parents’ Role.

4 How Colleges (and Students) Differ: Finding What Fits.

So Many Choices: How Do You Begin? • Some Questions to Ask Yourself • Liberal Arts.

Colleges • Research Universities • What’s in a Name? • Other Types of Four-Year.

Institutions • Which Kind of College Is Best for You? • Curriculum and Requirements.

• Colleges with Special Affiliations • The Intangibles • What Makes for a Quality.

Undergraduate Experience? • Getting the Information You Need.

5 Where Should You Apply?

Start at Your Counseling Office • The College Visit • Selectivity and Your College List.

• Determining Your Chances • Some Cautions About Data • Self-Assessment and.

Research: The Keys to a Good College List • A Word About Finances.

6 The Big Tests.

The SAT • Considering the ACT • Which Test Should You Take? • Test-Optional Schools.

• The Special Case of Special Accommodations • The SAT Subject Tests • A Special Word.

to Parents About Standardized Tests • A Postscript on the Future of Standardized Testing.

7 Deciding About Early Decision and Other Early Options.

The Pros and Cons of Early Decision • Early Action • Should You Apply Early Decision.

or Early Action? • More Things to Consider.

8 Applying Well: Part I.

Getting Off to a Good Start • Using the Common Application • Writing an Effective.

Personal Essay • An Important To-Do List.

9 Applying Well: Part II.

Getting Great Letters of Recommendation • Shining in Your Interview • Highlighting.

What You’ve Accomplished • Special Talents • The Student Athlete • Tips for.

Homeschoolers • You’ve Finished Your Applications—Now What?

10 Paying the Bill.

How Do Colleges Determine Your Financial Need? • The Verification Process • Why.

Do Need-Based Packages Diff er from College to College? • How Can You Estimate Your.

Financial Need? • What Goes into a Financial Aid Package? • How Is Your Package Put.

Together? • Will Your Need for Financial Aid Affect Your Chances of Admission?

• What About Merit-Based Aid? • Financial Aid and Your Decisions • Another Word.

About Early Decision • Planning Ahead When Your Child Is Young • A Special Note.

About Financial Aid in Tough Times.

11 Making Your Decision After the Colleges Make Theirs.

How Will You Be Notified? • The Special Case of Early Decision • When It Is Your Turn.

to Decide • Spring Admits • Taking Another Look • Revisiting Financial Aid • How.

Wait-Lists Work • A Word About Senioritis • Celebrate and Enjoy!.

12 What Matters Most: Advice to Parents and Students.

Some Parting Thoughts for Parents • Some Parting Thoughts for Students.

Epilogue.

Appendixes.

A. College Research Worksheet.

B. Common Application 2009–10.

C. Sample Student Information Sheet for Letters of Recommendation.

D. Financial Aid Comparison Worksheet.

E. Cost of Attendance Worksheet.

College Preparation Time Line.

Glossary.

Resources.

Notes.

About the Authors.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

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    Great Resource!

    Admission Matters attracted me for a number of reasons--first, because of the experience and knowledge of the authors, and moreover because as the parent of three with two already in college and the third an applicant now, I was hopeful that I would find new details and advice regarding the competitive hurdles that my youngest will be facing. My hopes were more than fulfilled! This book is an engaging and informative resource that blends just the right amount of humor, candor, encouragement and reality for parents and their college bound kids. It is also organized to facilitate quick reads of sections and questions of greatest interest. This is a refreshing and valuable resource in the high-anxiety sea of college planning.

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    Posted September 11, 2005

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    This book takes much of the mystery out of the college admission process. As the parent of two upcoming college students our family has found this book to be a great resource of information and practical advice.

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