The Portable Guidance Counselor: Answers to the 284 Most Important Questions About Getting Into College [NOOK Book]

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The college admissions process is overwhelming, and counselor appointments can be few and far between at some schools. That's why The Princeton Review got more than 200 top college counselors to share their secrets about getting that crucial acceptance letter! Take the stress out of the college application process with:
 
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The Portable Guidance Counselor: Answers to the 284 Most Important Questions About Getting Into College

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Overview

The college admissions process is overwhelming, and counselor appointments can be few and far between at some schools. That's why The Princeton Review got more than 200 top college counselors to share their secrets about getting that crucial acceptance letter! Take the stress out of the college application process with:
 
·  Handy tips on finding the right school for you
·  Step-by-step advice on every aspect of the application
·  Insider insight into what colleges look for in applicants
·  Practical hints on standing out in the crowd
 
The Portable Guidance Counselor helps you maximize your college chances with answers to key questions like these:
 
- What should I look for during college visits?
- How many AP classes should I take?
- Are valedictorians and salutatorians shoo-ins for college?
- What do I need to know about applying Early Action or Early Decision?
- Where do I find scholarships, and how do I get them?
- What do college admissions officers really want to see on an application?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307755643
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/9/2010
  • Series: College Admissions Guides
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 What to Consider When Considering Colleges 5

When should I start thinking about the college admissions process? 7

What factors should or shouldn't influence my decision on where to apply? 10

What exactly does "best fit" mean? 13

Is it better to approach college from a career perspective or with the idea that it's supposed to be a growth experience? 16

What if my intended major is pretty specific? 20

How important is reputation or name recognition when it comes to choosing a college? 23

Should I apply to a school I can't afford? 26

What can an Ivy League school do for me? 29

Why do people keep telling me that going to an Ivy League school is unrealistic? 32

I got accepted into my first-choice school, but I can't afford it. What are my options? 35

Is there a way to make the financial aid process any easier? 38

Is it better to apply to a state school as an out-of-state resident or to pick a private college? 41

What should I keep in mind as a first-generation student? 44

What do I do if I want to study abroad? 47

Will a college fair really help me pick a college? 49

What are my college opportunities via the armed forces? 51

Should I take time off after high school? 54

What do I look for during college visits? 57

What can I do if I don't have the cash to do a campus visit? 60

Will my personal stuff online impact my college admissions chances? 63

Chapter 2 Academics, Extracurricular, & Everything in Between 67

What changes academically between middle school and high school? 70

What should I be doing in the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades to prepare for college admissions? 73

What can I do in high school to prepare for success in college? 76

What can I do if my grades aren't so hot? 79

How do I enhance my college application when I've switched schools? 82

What if I've had some trouble in high school? 85

Can't I just coast through senior year? 88

Do my Ivy League hopes hang on whether I go to a public or private high school? 91

How does my high school's academic reputation affect my college application? 94

Are valedictorians and salutatorians shoo-ins for college? 97

Grades vs. Class Rank: Which matters more to colleges? 100

SAT Score vs. AP Classes: Which one matters more when applying to college? 103

How many AP courses should I take if I want to apply to selective schools? 107

Is a B in an AP class better than an A in a regular class? 110

Which test is right for me? 113

How many times should I take and retake standardized tests? 116

What are the options for students with learning disabilities? 120

What are the pros & cons of test prep courses? 124

Should I use an independent counselor? 127

Should I diversify my application through extracurriculars and volunteering? 130

Do colleges really care about extracurricular activities? 133

Are there certain extracurricular activities that admissions committees love? 136

How do I get recruited for athletic scholarships? 139

How will volunteering or community service impact my college application? 142

How does work experience influence a college admissions committee? 146

What can I do during my summer vacation to prepare for college? 149

Can networking help get me into college? 152

Where do I find scholarships and how do I get them? 155

Chapter 3 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Application (But Didn't Know to Ask) 159

How has the college application system changed? 161

How many colleges should I apply to? 163

How much time should I spend filling out college applications? 165

How active should my parents be in the college application process? 168

What do I need to know about applying Early Action or Early Decision? 171

What is the most stressful part of the application process? 174

How do I get through this process without going crazy? 177

What do I do with Common Application supplemental materials? 180

How do I stand out to college admissions officers? 183

What do college admissions officers really want to see on an application? 186

How do I show "authenticity" and "character" on my college application? 189

What should I not say on my college application essay? 192

Who should I get to edit my college application essay? 195

What do I do about letters of recommendation? 198

What do I want on my letter of recommendation? 201

If I don't declare a major on my college application, will that impact my chances of admission? 204

Should I identify myself as an LGBTQ student on my application? 207

Should I disclose a learning disability to colleges? 210

What will my socioeconomic status do for me when applying? 213

Does being a legacy student make me a shoo-in for admission? 216

Chapter 4 Interviewed, Accepted, Waitlisted, Denied 219

Which interview holds more weight in getting in? 220

What do I need to know about the interview? 224

How do I choose from multiple acceptances? 227

Should I accept enrollment at a college in hopes of transferring to another institution next year? 230

How do I deal with being waitlisted? 233

How do I handle getting rejection letters? 236

What can I do if I don't get accepted into any college? 239

Chapter 5 The Inside Word 243

What are the common mistakes that students make? 244

What astonishing things have counselors seen? 248

Are there a lot of great success stories or stories of huge disappointments? 251

How do counselors stay in the know? 254

What is the most common advice that counselors tell students? 257

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