How to Prepare a Standout College Application: Expert Advice that Takes You from LMO* (*Like Many Others) to Admit

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Demystifying the process of completing a college application

Written by two former admissions officers at top universities and current admissions coaches, this book is a must-have for preparing a winning college application. The authors reveal the mystery behind what college admissions officers are looking for and show applicants how to leverage their credentials, stand out in the over-crowded applicants' pool, and make a genuine, memorable impression. This is the book that will...

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Overview

Demystifying the process of completing a college application

Written by two former admissions officers at top universities and current admissions coaches, this book is a must-have for preparing a winning college application. The authors reveal the mystery behind what college admissions officers are looking for and show applicants how to leverage their credentials, stand out in the over-crowded applicants' pool, and make a genuine, memorable impression. This is the book that will help the college-bound get off the "like many others" pile and onto the acceptance list.

  • Includes instructions and examples for every component of the college application, from writing the essay to answering questions like "Why do you want to go to College X?"
  • Shows how to avoid underestimating the importance of critical features on any application
  • Includes the latest information on the Common Application 4.0 and corrects outdated, holdover advice still stressed in many other books

This book is filled with step-by-step advice that students and parents can use immediately and will refer to again and again.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118414408
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 181,326
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Cooper Chisolm and Anna Ivey work together at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Ivey College Consulting, an admissions coaching firm that helps applicants around the world get into top U.S. colleges.

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Table of Contents

Preface v

PART 1 Getting Started 1

1 Big Decisions 3

2 Your Plan 13

3 Your Story 22

4 Your Résumé 35

PART 2 Completing the Application 61

5 Th e Application as a Whole 63

6 Factual Questions about You and Your Family 72

7 Education and Academic Questions 85

8 Activities Lists 91

9 Really Short Answer Questions 117

10 Short Answer Questions 127

11 Essay Questions 133

12 “Why College X?” Questions 167

13 Disciplinary and Criminal Background Questions 179

14 Miscellaneous Other Questions 188

15 Additional Information Questions 197

16 Supplementary Materials 201

17 Test Score Reports 212

18 School Reports 229

19 Recommendations 250

20 Interviews 271

21 Th e Application as a Whole Redux

PART 3 Crossing the Finish Line 295

22 Th e Logistics of Submitting and Following Up 297

23 Application Updates (Including Deferrals, Wait Lists, and Correcting Mistakes) 310

Closing: You’re Done, Now What? 327

About the Authors 331

Index 333

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  • Posted September 5, 2013

    Some college admissions how-tos cause more anxiety than the SATs

    Some college admissions how-tos cause more anxiety than the SATs. Fortunately, Standout College Application isn’t one of them. This is an interesting, step-by-step guide through the college application process. It includes big topics like how to tackle essays, and smaller matters that we often take for granted, like how to answer the really short questions.
    I feel fortunate to have come across this book. I have no doubt that the real-world examples and templates will come in handy during the college application process. 
    To parents researching this book for their kids, please keep in mind that the methods in this book require time and effort—no magic beans in here.

    Start early!

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