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

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

by Sally P. Springer, Marion R. Franck
     
 

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This is a remarkable book that every student and parent should read before applying to college. It explains the rules and how to play the game successfully. Well-written and up-to-date, Admission Matters offers important insights into the college admission process, as well as important practical advice they can implement all along the way. See more details below

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This is a remarkable book that every student and parent should read before applying to college. It explains the rules and how to play the game successfully. Well-written and up-to-date, Admission Matters offers important insights into the college admission process, as well as important practical advice they can implement all along the way.

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From the Publisher
The world of college preparation has rumbled with seismic shifts in the last few years. The SAT has been completely revamped with a new writing component, college admissions counselors are rethinking how to weight standardized test scores against applicants’ other qualifications, and the application process is moving entirely to the Internet. These are only a few of the changes today’s teens confront as they look toward college. The books below will replace outdated volumes and inspire students as they put together post-graduation plans.
As its subtitle suggests, Admission Matters is an excellent introduction for both college-minded teens and their parents. Comprehensive and written in straightforward, clear language, chapters explore the current competitive environment surrounding college applications, what admissions counselors look for, and how to prepare for the new tests and put together an application package. There’s also advice specifically for parents (“What your child will remember long after the college admissions process is over is how you supported him or her”), information about early admissions and financial aid. Sample application forms and recommendation letters, as well as a long list of resources, are among the appended materials. The wealth of information, uncluttered format, and numerous boxed features, such as a checklist of things to do on a college visit, make this an essential guide. (Booklist, August 2005)
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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:
9780787979676
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/26/2005
Series:
Jossey-Bass Education Ser.
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.94(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.87(d)

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"Today’s college admission game is won not by students with the best grades, the best test scores, or the greatest talents as musicians, artists, or athletes.  Today’s admission game is won by those with the best information about the process itself.  Springer and Franck have assembled that information in one easy-to-read volume that has the power to open up the doors of higher education for students across America."
—Theodore R. Mitchell, president, Occidental College

"Well-written and up-to-date, Admission Matters offers students and parents significant insights into the college admission process, as well as important practical advice they can implement all along the way."
—Susanne J. Leggett, post-high school counselor, New Trier High School, Winnetka, Illinois

"A remarkable book that every student and parent should read before applying to college. . . . This book does a brilliant job of explaining the rules and how to play the game successfully."
—Richard C. Atkinson, president emeritus, University of California

"With savvy insider knowledge and lots of good sense, Springer and Franck explain the admissions process and how to use it for each applicant’s best advantage."
—Carol T. Christ, president, Smith College

"Admission Matters is an impeccably researched and exceptionally well written guide.”
—Graham B. Spanier, president, Pennsylvania State University

"Well-informed, sophisticated, and written in a compelling style…. This book is much more than the ‘users’ manuals’ on the market."
—David Harris Cohen, vice president and dean of the faculty of arts and sciences emeritus, Columbia University, and former provost, Northwestern University

"Demystification, advice, and supporting evidence—all wrapped up into one book. Well done!"
—William H. Caskey, independent college counselor and former director, Alumni College Advising Program, Brown University

"This thoroughly researched and readable book impressed me with its insights and common sense."
—Douglas M. Burdett, head of college guidance, The Brunswick School, Greenwich, Connecticut

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