America's Best Colleges for B Students: A College Guide for Students Without Straight A's [NOOK Book]

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High school students who get average grades and don’t ace the SAT or ACT discover that an exceptional college education is by no means beyond their reach with this guide. Along with information on what to look for in a college and what colleges look for in their students besides grades, this college reference provides details on more than 175 colleges that make it a point to help students who have not achieved a stellar GPA and includes information on whether colleges feature extra tutoring, help from professors,...
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America's Best Colleges for B Students: A College Guide for Students Without Straight A's

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Overview

High school students who get average grades and don’t ace the SAT or ACT discover that an exceptional college education is by no means beyond their reach with this guide. Along with information on what to look for in a college and what colleges look for in their students besides grades, this college reference provides details on more than 175 colleges that make it a point to help students who have not achieved a stellar GPA and includes information on whether colleges feature extra tutoring, help from professors, and distance-learning programs. Advice on the application process emphasizes the schools that look beyond GPA to the extracurricular activities and community involvement at which many average students excel. Quelling both students’ and parents’ fears about finding a good education with a less-than-perfect academic record, this guide makes it clear that it is always possible. This updated edition has new data on student life, financial aid and costs, deadlines, and admissions information.
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“I feel this book will be a terrific introduction to the college search process for 15-17 year olds. The format offers helpful suggestions in a non-intimidating approach. For many high school students the college process becomes a seemingly insurmountable task. America’s Best Colleges for B Students is a terrific introductory tool that outlines the basic steps to begin the college search process.”  —Amanda (Mandy) Warhurst Webster, senior associate director of admission, Salve Regina University

“Tamra Orr's refreshingly candid approach to the college search dispels the fear that B students and their families often face. An easy yet information-packed read!”  —Bethany Bierman, assistant director office of undergraduate admissions, Augsburg College

“In working with college bound students for over 30 years, I find that so many very deserving students feel they cannot be admitted or succeed without the very top-flight grades and test scores. They believe that good quality colleges are beyond their reach. Solid students with strong motivation and determination can find many wonderful opportunities for higher education with a good planning. This excellent ‘advice’ book is a must read for those students and their parents who want to understand and navigate the process and find the right match toward that important degree.”  —Karen P. Condeni, vice president and dean of enrollment, Ohio Northern University

“Tamra Orr’s book is just what the ‘not so perfect’ student needs. The advice is to the point and incredibly useful. You don’t have to attend a huge Ivy League school to get a superior education. Orr’s book should be required reading for individuals of all ages who are thinking of attending college.”  —Sandra Roy, educator and author

“Tamra Orr has made an important and rare contribution to the field of higher education. This book offers practical information and advice for students and parents alike.”  —Mark Campbell, vice president for enrollment management, McKendree College

“This book contains practical information for any student searching for the right college ‘fit’ instead of simply trying to ‘fit in’ at the wrong college. From this small college’s perspective, the ‘solid B’ student has the same chance as an A student to be successful in an environment where each is encouraged to develop his/her potential.”  Sandy Speed, dean of admission and financial aid, Schreiner University

“At last, a college resource book for real students and real families. We hear so much about how only over achievers get into good schools that we forget that college isn’t just about grades and tests scores; it’s about learning, living and moving forward. This is something that all students need, regardless of their high school performance. Tamra Orr has given families the tools to help their young adults find the perfect college for them. An invaluable resource!”  Teri Brown, author, Day Tripping: Your Guide to Educational Family Adventures

“With humor and insight, Tamra Orr sets the record straight about college admission, offering practical advice and hope to college-bound students. This book makes the important point that the college admission process doesn't need to be fraught with stress and anxiety. Many bright, interesting teens that underperformed in high school will recognize themselves in the pages of this book.”  —Joan Casey, college planning consultant, Educational Advocates, Brookline, Massachusetts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617600128
  • Publisher: Supercollege, Llc
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition, Fourth edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 906,407
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Tamra B. Orr is a full time education writer and author in the Pacific Northwest. She has written more than 250 nonfiction books for young people and families, including America's Best Colleges for B Students and exam questions for national standardized tests.
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Table of Contents

Section 1: Choosing: How to choose the right college for you
Chapter 1: Where to find colleges that welcome B students
Chapter 2: It’s never too late: Make a change for the better right now
Section 2: Getting in: Beyond the basic application form
Chapter 3: GPAs, SATs and ACTs, oh my!
Chapter 4: Winning in writing: The all-important college essay
Chapter 5: Winning in words: The also-important college interview
Section 3: Paying: B students can win scholarships
Chapter 6: B students can win scholarships too
Section 4: Coping: Tips for thriving
Chapter 7: What is due when: The top ten of time management
Chapter 8: Am I having fun yet? The top ten of balancing social and studies
Chapter 9: Where’s Mom when I need her? The top ten of living on your own
Section 5: The colleges: A guide to the colleges that welcome B students
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  • Posted July 15, 2010

    Not really for B students in NJ

    I bought the book, began to read and realized that this book is not really applicable for my B student. Looking at the SAT scores and the curriculum are an important factor when determining if your "B" student actually fits in the category of a "B" student as described by the author. As soon as I realized this I returned this source unscathed. If your student has SAT scores in the high 500 to high 600 range and has a B average with subjects such as Pre-calc, physics, AP History than I would say the schools suggested are below par of that student's opportunity level and your money would be better spent elsewhere.

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