Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College [NOOK Book]

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

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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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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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"single, most useful handbook on the complicated and often confusing process of applying to college." (Examiner.com, September 2013)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118634547
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/20/2013
  • Series: CourseSmart
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 295,489
  • File size: 2 MB

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 ix

Introduction xiii

1 Why Has College Admissions Become So Competitive? 1

It Used to Be Simple...
But Not Anymore
What Is Selectivity All About?
Why Is There So Much Interest in a Small Group of Colleges?
The Rankings Game Why Are Rankings So Popular?
"I'll Make More Money If I Graduate from an Elite College": Another Myth
Getting into Graduate School
The Importance of Fit

2 What Do Colleges Look for in an Applicant? 20

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 and How They Help
Fitting It All Together

3 How Do Colleges Make Their Decisions? 44

Who Works in Admissions?
What Happens to Your Application?
Tentative Decisions
How the Final Decision Is Made
The Special Case of the Most Selective Colleges
The Role of Your High School Counselor
How College Access Programs Can Help
Should You Consider Hiring an Independent College Counselor?
The Parents' Role

4 How Colleges (and Students) Differ: Finding What Fits 59

So Many Choices: How Do You Begin?
Some Questions to Ask Yourself Liberal Arts Colleges
Research Universities
What's in a Name?
Master's Universities and Baccalaureate Colleges
Specialized Programs
Colleges with Special Affiliations
Earning Your Degree Abroad, in English
Which Kind of College Is Best for You?
Majors, Careers, and Curriculum
How Easily Can You Get Advice and Help?
What Makes for a Quality Undergraduate Experience?
Determining Your Priorities

5 Where Should You Apply? 94

Start at Your Counseling Office
Use a College Search Tool
Meeting College Representatives
Read What They Send You (But Don't Let It Go to Your Head)
How to Narrow Things Down
The College Visit
Showing That You Are Interested
Selectivity and Your College List
Check Out the Data
How Long Should Your College List Be? The Key to a Good College List
A Word About Finances

6 The Big Tests 122

What Is the SAT Supposed to Test?
What Is the ACT Supposed to Measure? How Much Do Standardized Tests Count?
How Should You Prepare?
Which Test Should You Take?
When Should You Take the SAT or ACT?
How Do the PSAT and PLAN Fit into the Picture?
Test-Optional Schools
The Case of Special Accommodations
The SAT Subject Tests
A Word to Parents About Standardized Tests

7 Deciding About Early Decision and Other Early Options 147

An Overview of Early Acceptance Programs
The Pros and Cons of Early Decision Early Action in Detail
Should You Apply Early Decision or Early Action?
More Things to Consider
Likely Letters and Early Notification
The Advantage of Thinking Early Even If You Decide Against Applying Early
And Humor Always Helps Keep Things in Perspective

8 Applying Well, Part I: The Application and Essay 161

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: Recommendations, Interviews, and Activities 179

Getting Great Letters of Recommendation
Shining in Your Interview Highlighting What You've Accomplished
The Canadian and British/Irish Difference You've Finished Your Applications. What's Next?

10 Making the Most of Your Special Talents 199

The Student Athlete and Athletic Recruitment
Options for the Student Artist

11 Students with Special Circumstances 221

Students with Disabilities Tips for Homeschoolers Making a Change: How to Successfully Transfer Colleges

12 Paying the Bill 242

Key Concepts for Understanding Financial Aid
How Colleges Determine Your Financial Need
What Forms Will You Have to File?
Getting an Estimate of Your Financial Need
What Goes into a Financial Aid Package?
Why Need-Based Packages Can Differ from College to College
Will Your Need for Financial Aid Affect Your Chances for Admission?
How Merit Aid Works
Seeking Outside Scholarships Financial Aid and Your College List
Evaluating Aid After You've Been Accepted Another Word About Early Decision
Planning Ahead When Your Child Is Young

13 Advice for International Students 270

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Being an International Applicant What Are Colleges Looking For?
How Will Your Application Be Reviewed? Where Should You Apply?
The Role of Standardized Tests
Tests to Show Proficiency in English
Getting the Application Completed
Paying for Your Education
Special Circumstances
The Bigger Picture

14 Making Your Decision After the Colleges Make Theirs 291

How Will You Be Notified?
The Special Case of Early Decision
What You Can Do If You Are Deferred
When It Is Your Turn to Decide in the Spring
Dealing with Disappointment
Spring Admits
Taking Another Look
Revisiting Financial Aid
How Wait Lists Work
Deposit Ethics
Should You Consider a Gap Year?
A Word About Senioritis
Celebrate and Enjoy!

15 What Matters Most: Advice to Parents and Students 315

Some Parting Thoughts for Parents
Some Parting Thoughts for Students

Appendixes

A. College Research Worksheet 325

B. Common Application Essay Instructions and Prompts, 2013–2014 329

C. Sample Student Information Sheet for Letters of Recommendation 331

D. Financial Aid Comparison Worksheet 335

E. Cost of Attendance Worksheet 337

College Preparation Time Line 339

Glossary 349

Resources 355

Notes 363

About the Authors 369

Index 371

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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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    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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