The Truth About Getting In: If You're Getting Ready for the College Admissions Process, Get the Facts

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The truths and myths about getting into the top schools from a private college counselor who has placed 75 percent of her clients in the Ivy League, as well as the most competitive colleges in the country.

Now, for the first time, Dr. Katherine Cohen offers her successful program in a book complete with worksheets, timelines, and checklists that help students demystify the college admissions process and get into the school of their choice. Divided into chapters that cover ...

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Overview

The truths and myths about getting into the top schools from a private college counselor who has placed 75 percent of her clients in the Ivy League, as well as the most competitive colleges in the country.

Now, for the first time, Dr. Katherine Cohen offers her successful program in a book complete with worksheets, timelines, and checklists that help students demystify the college admissions process and get into the school of their choice. Divided into chapters that cover everything from what courses to take in high school to how to ace that all-important interview, this book will become the college admissions bible for both students and parents alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Boykin Curry
For those serious about getting into competitive institutions... an investment that pays back many times over.
Edward Hu
easy-to-read, step-by-step guide through college admissions... helps you on: how to focus and present yourself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786888498
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/23/2003
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 614,770
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

A graduate of Brown University and Yale University, Katherine Cohen, Ph.D., founded her private counseling practice, IvyWise, in 1997. She holds a certification in college admissions counseling from UCLA. Dr. Cohen lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
1. The Admissions Application: An Overview
Myths and Truths 2
General Requirements for the Application 3
Academic Record: Your High School Transcript 6
Grade Improvement Strategies 12
Personal Record 15
Summary 16
Insider Tips 17
2. Planning for College
Myths and Truths 20
Making the Most of Your Time 21
When Should I Apply? 28
The Truth About Applying Early 31
Beware of Senioritis 35
Summary 37
Insider Tips 37
3. College Resources
Myths and Truths 40
Getting Started 40
Using Your High School College Counselor 40
The Inside Scoop on Private Counselors 43
Helpful Resources 44
Summary 53
Insider Tips 54
4. Choosing Your Colleges
Myths and Truths 56
Choosing Your Colleges 56
Requesting Information from Colleges 61
The Secret to a Balanced Portfolio 63
Beyond the Ivies: Finding the Perfect Fit 65
Summary 66
Insider Tips 66
5. Preparing to Apply
Myths and Truths 68
Preparing to Apply 69
Imagining You're There 70
College Visits 72
Summary 82
Insider Tips 82
6. Selling Yourself
Myths and Truths 84
Selling Yourself 84
Who Are You? 85
The Brag Sheet 89
Sample Brag Sheets 99
Summary 112
Insider Tips 112
7. Taking the Tests
Myths and Truths 114
College Entrance Exams 115
Fee Waivers 122
Registration Procedure 122
Keeping Track 123
Note on Test Scores 124
Summary 127
Insider Tips 127
8. Writing an Outstanding Essay
Myths and Truths 130
Essay Writing 131
Essay Topics 131
Sample Questions 134
Brainstorming Strategies 135
Guidelines for Writing an Outstanding College Essay 138
Sample Essays 140
Summary 179
Insider Tips 179
9. Getting Glowing Letters of Recommendation
Myths and Truths 182
Letters of Recommendation 183
Help Your Teachers 183
Notes for Teachers and Counselors 185
Sample Teacher Recommendations 186
Sample College Counselor Letters 190
Sample Employer Recommendation 194
Summary 195
Insider Tips 195
10. Acing the Interview
Myths and Truths 198
The Interview Itself 199
Interviewing Guidelines 201
Preparing for the Interview 203
Concluding the Interview 208
Summary 209
Insider Tips 210
11. Securing Financial Aid
Myths and Truths 212
Financial Aid for College 213
Understanding College Costs 213
Determining Your Financial Resources for College 215
How Do I Apply? 218
Composition of Financial Aid Package 220
Beware of Scholarship Scams 221
Worldwide Web Resources for Financial Aid and Scholarships 223
Glossary of Financial Terms 224
Summary 225
Insider Tips 225
12. Applying for College Checklist
Myths and Truths 228
Applying for College Checklist 229
College Tracker 231
13. Special Issues in College Admissions
Myths and Truths 234
Student-Athletes and the NCAA 235
Students with Learning Disabilities/Differences or Medical Conditions 239
Legacy Students 240
Minority Students 241
Student Artists 241
Wait-Listed Students 242
Transfer Students 243
Taking a Year Off 243
Summary 244
Insider Tips 244
Appendix
Forty Elite U.S. Colleges and Universities 248
Glossary of Terms 249
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2007

    Very Helpful!!!

    This gave me excellent advice for my application. I thought it was going to be VERY boring but helpful, instead it was interesting and still helpful. She seems to write as if she's talking to you rather than at you, which I think makes it seem more like a conversation. I would definetly suggest reading this book, especially if you don't know that much about the admission process like I didn't. It also gives you information on some other good resources that aren't even written by her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2007

    disappointed

    I thought the book had the ability to be better than it was,,,,, and it left me still not being able to handle to college applications any better.... Ideas were good though Lots of forms from a class given, and there was an assumption that we might ask certain questions.

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