America's Best Colleges for B Students: A College Guide for Students Without Straight A's


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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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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“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 on previous edition

“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 on previous edition

“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 on previous edition

“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 on previous edition

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617600333
  • Publisher: Supercollege, Llc
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition, Fifth edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 308,277
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamra B. Orr is a full-time education writer and the author of more than 250 books, including Ace the SAT Writing Even If You Hate to Write. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Gen Tanabe and Kelly Tanabe are the award-winning authors of 50 Successful Ivy League Application Essays, Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays, Get Free Cash for College, Get into Any College, How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay, and The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges. They live in Belmont, California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     11
Introduction     13
Choosing: How to Choose the Right College for You     17
Where to Find Colleges That Welcome B Students     19
We really do want you (or, why colleges love B students)     19
Looking outside the box     20
Don't overlook community college     21
Community college facts     22
Go, team, go!     22
What to look for in a college     23
A college whose door is always open     25
Where to find out more about colleges     28
Visit colleges sooner rather than later     30
College score sheet     31
The sky's the limit     32
It's Never Too Late: Make a Change for the Better Right Now     35
Improve your grades ASAP     36
Reorganize your priority list     37
Use your summers wisely     37
Start on that college essay Now     38
Get to know your guidance counselor     38
Shed the fluff and take advanced placement, honors or college prep courses     39
Get passionately involved in your community     40
Get a coach, tutor, mentor and/or study buddy     40
The top five facts about learningdisabilities     41
Make sure you aren't working around a learning disability     42
Take classes at your local junior college     43
Getting In: Beyond the Basic Application Form     45
GPAs, SATs and ACTs, Oh My!     47
Some thoughts from college and university officials on the SAT and ACT     48
Meet the new tests     49
Tips for getting a higher score     50
Taking the credit, taking the blame     52
Include a resume to highlight what you have accomplished     53
How will my SAT essay be graded?     53
A word about test anxiety     54
Winning in Writing: The All-Important College Essay     59
Typical essay questions     60
Essay mistakes to avoid from the get go     61
Putting words on paper     62
This is your chance!     62
What if I'm not a writer?     64
Let me explain     65
Out of your hands     67
Winning in admission - with someone else's words     67
Winning in Words: The Also-Important College Interview     69
Don't just talk about you     70
How do I respond to questions     71
Your interview homework      72
The moment of truth     73
Paying: B Students Can Win Scholarships Too     75
B Students Can Win Scholarships Too     77
Students who show genuine financial need     77
Myth: You need straight A's to win money for college     78
Students with a disability or illness     78
Students with specific majors     78
Students who show leadership     79
Students with particular religious backgrounds     79
Students with superior athletic ability     79
Students with a specific ethnic background     79
Students with hobbies     80
Students with parents who have generous employers     80
Where to find scholarships     81
Where not to find scholarships     83
Setting your priorities     83
Scholarship essays     83
Coping: Tips for Thriving     85
What Is Due When: The Top Ten of Time Management     87
So much work, so little time     87
Falling in love with the syllabus     89
Sticking to the plan     90
Making a list (checking it twice...or more)     91
The basic elements of life     92
The best time      93
...and place     94
And in your spare time     94
Fitting in a job     95
The most effective piece of equipment you will ever purchase     96
Am I Having Fun Yet? The Top Ten of Balancing Social and Studies     97
The scoop on groups     97
Choose wisely, young student     99
Dating-not high school anymore     99
Ignonng temptation: Do more than say "no"     99
Just a few drinks     100
All Greek to you - or not     100 hmmm fun!     101
Feeling low     101
Same day, different people     102
Pulling the inevitable all-nighter     103
Where's Mom When I Need Her? The Top Ten of Living on Your Own     105
Smart laundry     106
Beating the health inspector     107
Ya gotta eat!     108
What's a budget again?     108
I'm out of everything. Where do I get dental floss?     110
Learning to do without     110
Dad, where do I put the oil?     111
I feel crummy     111
Late night stroll...or not     111
How am I supposed to get there?     115
The Colleges: A Guide to the Colleges that Welcome B Students     117
A Guide to the Colleges that Welcome B Students     119
How these colleges were chosen     119
The profiles     120
Contributors     320
Index of Colleges     323
Index of Colleges by Location     328
About the Author     336
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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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