Bound-for-College Guidebook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding and Applying to Colleges

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The Bound-for-College Guidebook offers information about the school-to-college transition in an organized and reader-friendly approach not found in any other guide. Frank Burtnett has assembled frequently asked questions and their answers from counselors who understand what students need to know during the exploration, decision-making and application process. The student exercises contained in the guide allow each reader to strategically organize the search and application process and operate from a position of power and control rather than one of confusion and bewilderment. Armed with this information and skilled in these exercises, the college-bound student is better able to navigate this important transition.

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Editorial Reviews

R. Russell Shunk
There are a number of books about the college admission process on shelves all over this country. Frank Burtnett has written one that will be on desks, open and used. I particularly like his FAQ sections and hands-on approach. Admission at its best is a developmental process, and Burtnett has captured this through the personal student exercises.
April 2009 JVibe
In the Bound-for-College Guidebook, all the steps to finding and applying to colleges are thoroughly explored.
William E. Cox
Frank Burtnett has created a reader-friendly guide to helping the college-bound student navigate his or her challenging journey. The information he presents, complimented by the student exercises and Frequently Asked Questions, covers the process from A to Z.
Patrick J. O'Connor
A very useful tool for students looking for colleges. Burtnett's approach is comprehensive, but cut into good-sized pieces.
Jay Garant
If you are exploring college options and attempting to understand the college admissions process, there is nobody better to learn from than Frank Burtnett. As a veteran counselor the breadth of his knowledge and the depth of his experiences are unparalleled.
In the Bound-for-College Guidebook, all the steps to finding and applying to colleges are thoroughly explored.
VOYA - Ann T. Reddy Damon
Burtnett provides a thorough and practical guide for students examining the college admissions process. Twenty-one chapters progress from planning high school college preparatory course work, scheduling college visits and explaining admission competition to tackling the application essay. He includes helpful tips on getting the best information on colleges, making college fairs a beneficial experience, preparing for admissions tests, and examining financial aid choices. Each chapter gives an explanation of the theme and a section of question and answers. Many include a brief exercise for completing that stage in the process. Although "how-to" books on college admissions are not unique, this book has some useful gems of information. For example, noting the name of the contact at the college fair and asking for this person when visiting the college is a brilliant but often-overlooked idea. Likewise the exercise on examining the admission competition is very helpful in comparing acceptance rates, percentages in class ranks, and range of ACT scores. Inevitably the phrases "check with your guidance counselors and teachers" and "ask current students or recent graduates" show up repeatedly, but this guidebook can help a student know exactly what to address with these resources. Recommend this book to those seeking an up-to-date look at the college admissions process. Reviewer: Ann T. Reddy Damon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607094098
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/16/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 166
  • Sales rank: 1,369,693
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Burtnett is president and principal consultant for Education Now, an independent consulting firm focused on helping people with the school-to-college and school-to-career transitions. A former executive director of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, his career experiences have found him working in schools, colleges, agencies, organizations, and the private sector.

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Table of Contents

How Colleges Admit Students: Anatomy of an Admission Decision
College Exploration: Getting Off on the Right Foot
A Calendar of Exploration, Decision-Making, and Application Tasks
The First Step: Taking a Look at You
Mounting a Search: Getting Answers to Your College Questions
High School Course Selection: Relevance to College Admission
Learning about College Options: Getting the Best Information
Using the Internet to Explore and Apply to Colleges
Making the Most of the College Fair Experience
Campus Visits: Getting Ready to Go
Campus Visits: Being There and Afterward
Admission Plans: Modes of Admission Access
Degree of Difficulty: Understanding the Admission Competition
College Admission Tests: Strategies for Preparation
Admission Essays: Putting Forth Your Best Effort
Narrowing Options: Deciding Where to Apply
The College Application: Making It Work for You
Understanding College Costs
Types and Sources of Student Financial Aid
Making Financial Aid Forms and Applications Work for You
After the Application: What Happens Next?
Off to College: Getting Ready for Your Freshman Year
Parents and the High School-to-College Transition
Educational Success: How Counselors Can Help You
School to College: Counselors as Your Allies
Some Closing Words about Expectations

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

    Must Read for Parents

    I purchased the Bound-For-College Guidebook for my daughter, but found myself going through the chapters and getting "educated" about the college admission process. It is an easy-read that parents should read along with their children.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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