Admissions Confidential: An Insider's Account of the Elite College Selection Process / Edition 1

Admissions Confidential: An Insider's Account of the Elite College Selection Process / Edition 1

by Rachel Toor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312284055

ISBN-13: 9780312284053

Pub. Date: 09/04/2001

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Most Bright, Well-Rounded Kinds (BWRKs) won't get into their first-choice college. For the first time, former Duke University admissions officer Rachel Toor reveals why. It's not just that both the sheer number of applications and the quality of the applicants are up. It's not only that virtually all well-prepared high school students look precisely the same on paper.

Overview

Most Bright, Well-Rounded Kinds (BWRKs) won't get into their first-choice college. For the first time, former Duke University admissions officer Rachel Toor reveals why. It's not just that both the sheer number of applications and the quality of the applicants are up. It's not only that virtually all well-prepared high school students look precisely the same on paper. The gridlock is due to a variety of factors, including where students choose to apply and, more important, how those colleges handle applications.

Toor's book reveals: Why the top of the class at a high-performing high school may end up at their second- and third-choice colleges. That elite colleges spend thousands of dollars recruiting students they know they'll never admit. Why some students at the bottom of their high school classes are admitted to top schools when the valedictorians are rejected. How pricey independent college counselors can hurt an applicant's chances. Why admission to a top school depends on who reads your application. How many high school guidance counselors spoil their kids' chances at the top schools.

Written from an engagingly personal point of view, Admissions Confidential is an admissions officer's memoir of the entire process -- from recruitment to enrollment -- and a must-read for all college hopefuls and their parents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312284053
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/04/2001
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Note to Readerix
Prefacexi
Introduction: Farewell to an Idea1
1.Space May Create New Worlds: Settling In13
2.The Auroras of Autumn: On the Road33
3.Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction: Describing Duke57
4.A Mind of Winter: Learning to Read79
5.Song of Myself: Applicants and Their Essays111
6.Much Madness Is Divinest Sense: Alumni Interviews and Counselor Interventions141
7.The Emperor of Ice Cream: Selection Committee Rounds163
8.Ivy Day in the Committee Room: More Rounds187
9.April Is the Cruelest Month: Decisions215
10.The Malady of the Quotidian: Perspective233
Acknowledgments253

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