Get into Any College: Secrets of Harvard Students

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Based on the real-life experiences of students who were admitted to the United States' most prestigious universities, this guide provides proven strategies to get into and pay for any college. Detailing what high school students—from freshmen to seniors—can do to prepare, this updated edition addresses recent changes in admissions and financial aid processes and the increasingly popular early-admissions option. Examples of applications, interviews, and 25 actual college-admission essays complement information on...
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Overview


Based on the real-life experiences of students who were admitted to the United States' most prestigious universities, this guide provides proven strategies to get into and pay for any college. Detailing what high school students—from freshmen to seniors—can do to prepare, this updated edition addresses recent changes in admissions and financial aid processes and the increasingly popular early-admissions option. Examples of applications, interviews, and 25 actual college-admission essays complement information on how parents can help without hurting, what it takes to ace the SAT and ACT, and where students can find free cash for tuition. Stories of students' successes and failures reveal how the college-admissions and financial-aid processes really work, while giving a personal face to what is often seen as an impersonal experience. A section for special groups includes admission considerations for athletes, transfer and international students, students with disabilities, and home-schooled students.
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"What's even better than all the top-notch tips is that the book is written in a cool, conversational way and even offers anecdotal bits in their Stories From Real Life section." —College Bound Magazine

"This fast read, written by Harvard graduates, contains advice and one chapter devoted to helping parents without being heavy-handed." —Town & Country Magazine

"They wrote the book after recognizing high school students' need for concrete advice on how to beat the admissions game." —San Jose Mercury News

“The chapters on essay writing with examples are excellent for students who never know how to begin. Examples of essays, both strong and weak, go a long way to help students who are stuck.” —Lynda McGee, College Counselor, Downtown Magnets High School

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617600418
  • Publisher: SuperCollege LLC
  • Publication date: 7/15/2014
  • Edition description: Ninth Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 624,037
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Gen and Kelly Tanabe are the authors of 14 books including The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges, The Ultimate Scholarship Book, and How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay. They tour the country as speakers on college planning and live in Northern California.
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Table of Contents


1. What Selective Colleges Really Want from Applicants
2. How to Pick the Perfect College for You
3. Create a Compelling Admission Application
4. How to Guarantee Excellent Evaluations
5. How to Write an Irresistible Essay
6. Recycle Your Essays When Applying to Many Colleges
7. Example Essays: The Good, Bad and Ugly
8. The Secrets to Crushing the Interview
9. Critical Final Steps before Submitting the Application
10. How to Ace the SAT and ACT
11. How to Win Free Cash for College
12. Admissions for Special Groups: Athletes, Transfer Students, International Students, Adult Students, Students With Disabilities and Home-schooled Students
13. Get Started Before Your Senior Year: For Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors
14. Get Your Child Ready for College: A Parents' Guide to Helping Without Hurting
15. Decide Which College to Enter
Appendix A: Resources
Appendix B: College Search Worksheet
Appendix C: Evaluation/Recommendation Worksheet
Appendix D: College Cost of Attendance Worksheet
Appendix E: Financial Aid Worksheet
Index
About the Authors
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2001

    Get into Any College: Secrets of Harvard Students

    In the words of the famous movie reviewers: ¿Two Thumbs Up!¿ This is the only college book that held my interest and actually showed me how to write a better application. Each chapter was helpful and well written. The stories from real life sections were also really interesting. The best part of this book is that it is filled with clear and easy to follow examples along with tons of real examples such as applications and essays¿many that worked and a few that didn¿t! This is a great book and again I give it ¿Two Thumbs Up!¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2001

    Get into Any College: Secrets of Harvard Students

    All I can say is this is a ¿must have¿ book for any high school student. I used it throughout the year to apply to my colleges. It had everything including how to write a successful essay and which extracurricular activities to list. There are a lot of other good chapters such as a dozen real essays that worked and about the same number of essays that bombed. These samples were very helpful and helped me to write essays that I felt were as good as any that I could do. Anyway, I really liked this book and have to thank Gen and Kelly Tanabe for taking the mystery out of the admission process.

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