Rock Hard Apps: How To Write A Killer College Application

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The inside scoop on how to crack the code of college acceptance by a leading college admissions counselor.

In Rock Hard Apps, Katherine Cohen, founder of Ivywise, a private college admissions practice, follows three students through the college application process and uses dozens of other real applications to illustrate what's effective in a college application, and what's not. Here is the inside scoop on courses and grades, SATs, brag sheets, personal essays, and extra credit. ...

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Overview

The inside scoop on how to crack the code of college acceptance by a leading college admissions counselor.

In Rock Hard Apps, Katherine Cohen, founder of Ivywise, a private college admissions practice, follows three students through the college application process and uses dozens of other real applications to illustrate what's effective in a college application, and what's not. Here is the inside scoop on courses and grades, SATs, brag sheets, personal essays, and extra credit. Rock Hard Apps also includes sidebars of do's and don't's, as well as one complete before and after winning application to an Ivy League school.

Dr. Katherine Cohen -- who once worked in the admissions office of Yale University -- has cracked the code of college acceptance. Now she wants to teach students to view their applications through the eyes of those who will judge it. Rock Hard Apps is the ultimate guide to writing the perfect college application.

--Ivywise gets 80 percent of its clients into their first choice schools -- and 88 percent into their "reach" schools

--Katherine Cohen hets fantastic publicity: NBC's Today Show, CNN, a People magazine profile, the New York Times, W magazine, and New York Magazine

--With two degrees from Yale and an undergraduate degree from Brown, she knows the system -- and how to negotiate it

--Her website, www.Ivywise.com, is one of the fastest growing sites devoted to college admissions

Katherine Cohen, Ph.D. founded Ivywise in 1997. In addition to her Yale and Brown degrees, she has a certificate in college admissions counseling from UCLA.Dr. Cohen lives in New York City.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786868629
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 8/6/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 0.64 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Concept 3
The Book 11
The IvyWise Index 12
Extra Credit 16
Score Interpretation 19
The Schools 19
1. Personal Profiles 23
Profiles of Three Students 25
2. Courses and Grades 41
Student Academic Profiles 44
3. Standardized Tests 91
SAT I, SAT II, and ACT Tests 93
4. The Brag Sheet 105
Importance of the Brag Sheet 107
5. Personal Support 143
The Importance of Personal Support 145
6. Personal Essays 197
7. Extra Credit and Results 247
Acknowledgments 271
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  • Posted July 4, 2009

    Glad I Borrowed from Library

    I'm a senior in high school, and I got this book from my local library, instead of purchasing it. I'm glad I did, as I don't like the book at all. It has some "college admissions secrets" that are really common sense, and the author's tone is rather condescending. In addition, the example students the book follows are not a good sample of the general student population. On a final note, the extreme critique of example recommendation letters written by teachers is just ridiculous. I understand that a student wants his or her application to stand out and be the best it can be, but to go so far as to pressure teachers to write in a certain manner just so the student shows positive attributes and negative attributes is very demanding. While it is necessary for the student to develop lasting teacher-student relationships, certain parts of the college application that reflect that connection are meant to be out of a student's control. To conclude, if you really want to read this book, borrow it, don't buy it. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2010

    Highly recommended

    This book illustrates many different examples of ways you can improve your application and thus get accepted at the school of your choice. The author has years of college planning experience and is the founder of Ivywise, which is a company that helps student gain admittance to high level schools.

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