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, Jon Reider, Joyce Vining Morgan

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This thoroughly updated and expanded third edition of the "must-have" resource for college admissions offers parents and students expert guidance for navigating the complicated maze of the college application process. Admission Matters delivers comprehensive, practical advice for selecting the right school, writing effective essays, negotiating financial aid

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This thoroughly updated and expanded third edition of the "must-have" resource for college admissions offers parents and students expert guidance for navigating the complicated maze of the college application process. Admission Matters delivers comprehensive, practical advice for selecting the right school, writing effective essays, negotiating financial aid, picking the right major, and much more. No matter what type of school college-bound students may select, Admission Matters will give them the help they need.

This new edition addresses the latest changes in the admissions process and includes much-needed guidance for students with special circumstances, including students with disabilities, international students, and transfer students. In addition, athletes, artists and performers, and homeschoolers will find valuable guidance as they plan for and apply to college. Admission Matters continues to be the most up-to-date, clear, insightful, supportive, and practical book on college admissions available today.

  • Choosing the Right College
  • Writing a Great Essay
  • Preparing Strong Applications
  • How Colleges Decide
  • Getting Financial Aid

Praise for Admission Matters

"The most helpful, accurate, and well-written book on college admissions I have seen in nearly four decades in admissions."
Robert Massa, former VP, Dickinson College and dean of enrollment, Johns Hopkins

"Admission Matters represents the gold standard for 'how-to' books on the college admission process. It is wise, practical, sane, comprehensive, and calming, and will be mandatory reading for the families I assist in the college choice journey."
William Shain William M. Shain Consulting and former dean of admission at Vanderbilt University, Macalester College, and Bowdoin College

"A bible for every applicant."
Sarah McGinty, author, The College Application Essay (College Board)

"In the ever-evolving world of college admission, Admission Matters is both comprehensive and cutting edge."
Bruce J. Jones, associate director of admission, Whitman College

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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." (, 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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All families will see themselves in this book and benefit fromreading it. TWICE. This common sense book is the one I'll use whenmy son embarks on his college search adventure.
Monica Inzer, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid,Hamilton College

Crystal clear and concise, yet surprisingly comprehensive. Theauthors cover everything about the college admission process —which too often appears mysterious or secretive — in simple,understandable terms. I wish I had picked this book up before mydaughter sent in her applications.
Kirk Brennan, Director of Undergraduate Admission,University of Southern California

If you are serious about a college search, you should get thebest book available and that is what you just found withAdmission Matters. The years of expertise that the authorspossess are mightily evident on every page.
Gary L. Ross, Vice President and Dean of Admission,Colgate University

Admission Matters should be required reading for everyhigh school student about to embark on a college search. It'sremarkably thorough and insightful.
Jennifer Delahunty, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid,Kenyon College

Since its debut, Admission Matters has been the singlebest resource available to help students and their families avoidthe increasing barbarity of the 'admission marketplace.' The newedition continues that noble tradition by providing essentialinformation and tools to make the college admission process sane,humane and perhaps even, for its fortunate readers, a great voyageof personal growth and discovery.
Michael Beseda, Vice President for College Communicationsand Vice Provost for Enrollment, Saint Mary's College ofCalifornia

I love this book — it is so easy to read, realistic and spot onwith its advice. Besides the great information, the quotes,charts and examples are well placed and help makes sense of theoften confusing and overwhelming college admission process. Itis a "must read" resource for any student applying tocollege.
Bob Bardwell, School Counselor & Director of SchoolCounseling, Monson High School, MA

Thorough, careful and clear — Admission Matters is agreat guide for the experienced parent, the first-time parent andstudents considering colleges of all types.
Maria Furtado, Director of Admission, Eckerd College, andPast-Chair, Colleges That Change Lives

For students and parents who are desperate for timely, expertinformation and advice about college admissions, this new editionof Admission Matters is just what the doctor ordered. It isfilled with wise, up-to-date facts and insider knowledge that onlyseasoned professionals such as Sally Springer, Jon Reider and JoyceVining Morgan know. Students and parents are going to loveit.
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz, author/founder, adMISSIONPOSSIBLE,, selected blogger HuffingtonPost College section

Admission Matters contains an incredible wealth of veryuseful information for parents, students and school counselors.Although I've been in the admission counseling field for almost 20years, the book gave me new insights and perspectives that willhelp me in my daily work with students and their families. The bookis a great resource covering the most current topics and trends inthe ever-changing field of college admission.
Kathi Moody, School Counselor, Lynnfield High School,MA

In the ever evolving world of college admission, AdmissionMatters is both comprehensive and cutting edge. If you limityourself to one how-to guide for college admission, ADMISSIONMATTERS fills the bill.
Bruce J. Jones, Associate Director of Admission, WhitmanCollege

Admission Matters is a touchstone book on the topicwritten by deeply experienced, thoughtful, and respectedprofessionals who realize that applying to college is both apractical and emotional experience for students and parents. Highlyrecommended.
Philip Ballinger, Assistant Vice President for Enrollmentand Director of Admissions, University of Washington

A bible for every applicant.
Sarah McGinty, author, The College ApplicationEssay (College Board)

For all students and parents who seek to understand andsuccessfully negotiate the complexities of selective collegeadmissions, Admission Matters is the must-haveresource.
Paul Marthers, Vice President for Enrollment
andDean of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions, RensselaerPolytechnic Institute

Admission Matters represents the gold standard for"how-to" books on the college admission process — and as a formerdean of admission, I should know.  It is wise, practical,sane, comprehensive and calming, and will be mandatory reading forthe families I assist in the college choice journey.
William Shain, William M. Shain Consulting and formerdean of admission at Vanderbilt University, Macalester College andBowdoin College

In an era of information overload, it is refreshing to haveaccurate, up-to-the minute information on college admissions fromreal experts. The third edition of Admission Matters helpsstudents find their best college fit, and offers clear and concisetips on the application process. This is perhaps the most helpful,energetic, accurate and well-written book on college admissions Ihave seen in nearly four decades of admissions work.
Robert Massa, former Vice President for Enrollment atDickinson College and Dean of Enrollment at Johns HopkinsUniversity

The all-new third edition of Admissions Matters belongsfront and center on every college counselor's shelf and withinhandy reach of any family with college-bound students. Seasonedprofessionals as well as families new to college admissions willbenefit from the straightforward and up-to-date advice the authorsprovide on every phase of the admissions process. If you are onlygoing to buy one college guide, make this the one!
Nancy Griesemer, College Explorations and D.C.,

A clear, calm, and comprehensive guide.  Whether you know alittle or a lot about the college admission process, you will findthis book filled with valuable advice from real experts. Loaded with good information, this will help both studentsand parents navigate an often daunting and confusing process.
Debra Shaver, Dean of Admission, Smith College

Parents and students will learn how to wisely and successfullynavigate the complex college admission process. Comprehensive,there is something for everyone interested in college anduniversity admission in Admission Matters.
George Mills, former Vice President for Enrollment with42 years of college admission experience, University of PugetSound

This important book and its respected and experienced authorsprovides an antidote to the anxiety felt by many families as theynavigate the college admissions process. You can get in, you canafford it, and you can have a valuable experience.
Jeff Rickey, Vice President and Dean of Admissions &Financial Aid, St. Lawrence University

This is probably the most thorough book of its kind. On top ofthat, it is full of accurate advice that should help all studentsand parents get a better perspective and relieve at great deal ofthe stress that revolves around today's college admission hype. Itis a great resource, even for college counselors!
William S. Dingledine, Jr.; Certified EducationalPlanner; Past-President, Southern Association for College AdmissionCounseling (SACAC)

Admissions Matters is a must read for anyone whois seeking to understand the admissions landscape of today — andmake no mistake, it's different than it was just a few short yearsago. This book offers wonderful guidance and wisdom for all.
Nanette H. Tarbouni, Director of College Counseling, JohnBurroughs School, MO

Admissions Matters is not only an essential how-to forstudents and families embarking on the college process , but it isa thoughtful and thorough explanation on the why's andhow-we-got-here questions of our day. It's a must read.
Liz Pleshette, Director of College Counseling, LatinSchool of Chicago

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