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

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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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Overview

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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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, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/26/2005
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Education Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally P. Springer, Ph.D., is associate chancellor at the University of California, Davis. She is a psychologist with more than thirty years of experience in higher education as both a professor and an administrator.

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

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

ONE: Why Has College Admissions Become So Competitive?

TWO: What Do Selective Colleges Look for in an Applicant?

THREE: How Do Colleges Make Their Decisions?

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

FIVE: Where Should You Apply?

SIX: The Big Tests.

SEVEN: Deciding About Early Decision and Other Early Options.

EIGHT: Applying Well.

NINE: Paying the Bill.

TEN: Making Your Decision After the Colleges Make Theirs.

ELEVEN: What Matters Most: Advice to Parents and Students.

Epilogue.

Appendixes.

A. College Research Worksheet.

B. Common Application 2005–2006.

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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    Great information and lots for me to think about!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2005

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2005

    This Book Matters

    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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