College Matters Guide to Getting Into the Elite College of Your Dreams [NOOK Book]


You've heard from the "experts," now hear what the winners have to say about getting into your college of choice

College Matters is written by true admissions experts--students who've survived and won the application process in some of the nation's top schools, and are ready to arm you with an unbeatable ...

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You've heard from the "experts," now hear what the winners have to say about getting into your college of choice

College Matters is written by true admissions experts--students who've survived and won the application process in some of the nation's top schools, and are ready to arm you with an unbeatable edge in the college admissions process.

For instance, Harvardian Jacquelyn Kung explains which high school activities count most with admissions officers and why. Mitch Ginsberg, a Northwestern student, shows how to conduct highly focused research and find the perfect colleges for you. Evelyn Huang of Stanford--winner of more than $110,000 in scholarships--gives the scoop on landing financial aid. And eleven other members of College Matters--the acclaimed educational non-profit, run by students--share their priceless tips on:

  • Taking high school and AP classes that count

  • Acing the SAT and ACT

  • Writing killer application essays

  • Landing dynamite letters of recommendation

  • Scoring big points at interviews

  • Getting recruited into college athletics programs

  • And much more

You could rely on the opinions of admissions officers, college counselors, and other "experts." Or you can learn from the real experts in the College Matters Guide to Getting Into the Elite School of Your Choice , and aim for the college of your dreams.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071460064
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 7/31/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 271
  • Sales rank: 1,291,160
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jacquelyn Kung founded College Matters while she was a student at Harvard. She graduated in 2002 and works at the Boston Consulting Group.

Melissa Dell was the College Matters seminar director and will be the organization's 2004-2005 managing director. She is currently a Harvard junior studying abroad in Chile.

Joanna Chen graduated at the top of her class of 1,100, won a Presidential Scholarship, and was accepted early by Harvard and other top schools.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Chapter 1 High School Courses 1
Chapter 2 High School Activities 17
Special Insert: Why Bother? 38
Chapter 3 Researching Colleges 43
Chapter 4 Standardized Tests 58
Chapter 5 The Application 86
Special Report: The Story of an Application 100
Chapter 6 College Application Essays 104
Chapter 7 Recommendations 127
Chapter 8 Admissions and Scholarship Interviews 137
Chapter 9 College Visits 151
Chapter 10 Choosing the Best College for You 165
Chapter 11 Advice for Parents 180
Chapter 12 Scholarships and Financial Aid 188
Special Insert: Tips for College 207
Chapter 13 Student-Athletes 210
Chapter 14 Minorities 221
Conclusion 235
Appendix A Sample Application Timeline 237
Appendix B College Matters Scholarship Information 243
Appendix C College Matters (CM) Team Information 249
Index 255
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2004

    AMAZING book-a must read for students and parents

    This book is absolutely AMAZING! I just got my copy a couple of days ago, and have already read it from cover to cover. Fred Hargadon, former Admission Dean of Swarthmore, Princeton, and Stanford raves about the book in the forward, and rightly so. I've read a lot of the books on the market, but never one that was this thorough. It's packed full of info on everything from the new format SAT to winning scholarships and financial aid to advice just for parents. And the information is wonderfully thorough--the authors are obviously very knowledgeable and i'm just glad that they decided to share everything they've learned with us. Plus, i was surprised at what frank and straightforward information that this book contained from admissions deans and experts, in special inserts that supplemented what the authors wrote. I was also impressed that it seems to address a diversity of concerns, without droning on and on. Best of all, it is a great, fun read. Like Dean Hargadon said in the forward, the authors were obviously serious about the work, without taking themselves too seriously. This is a book that even a kid who hates to read can pick up and enjoy and identify with, as it is written by young people. The motivation behind the book is also amazing. It was written by students from an acclaimed student-run non-profit called College Matters that has helped thousands of students apply to college. All proceeds from the book are benefiting a scholarship fund for underserved students. So i know that not only did i get a great read; the little bit of money i spent on the book all went to a great cause. Overall, i would say if you are a high school student--or the parent of one--this is a book that you cannot afford not to read. The information contained inside could easily make the difference between getting in and getting rejected from your dream school, or winning or not the money to pay for your education wherever you go (BTW, despite the title, the book talks about applying to a wide variety of colleges, not just so-called elite colleges, so even if your not considering the traditional 'elite' colleges, it will still be super useful).

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