“The most honest, most helpful book I’ve ever read on applying to college”
—New York Times bestselling author Adam Grant
A former Ivy League Admissions Officer offers an inspiring battle cry for sanity in the college application process that looks beyond the rankings to successfully determine what’s truly the best school for you or your child.
After spending years as a college admissions director at Dartmouth, Becky Munsterer Sabky had seen it all. The perfect grades, the perfect scores, and the perfect extracurriculars. Valedictorians were knocking at the gate, but Becky realized that in their quest for admission many of these students were missing something. Their transcripts were golden, their interviews polished, but they weren’t applying for college, they were competing for it—and in the end they didn’t know what prize they were really striving for.
In Valedictorians at the Gate, Sabky looks beyond the smoke and mirrors of the intimidating admissions gauntlet and places the power firmly where it should be: in the hands of the students themselves. Offering prescriptive, actionable advice for students and their (hopefully not helicoptering) parents, Sabky illuminates the pathway to finding the school that is the ideal match.
Witty and warm, informative and inspiring, Valedictorians at the Gate is the needed tonic for overstressed, overworked, and overwhelmed students on their way to the perfect college for them.
|Publisher:||Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
1 The Big Picture 1
The College Search
2 First Steps 17
3 Creating the Right College List 29
4 The Campus Visit 34
5 Coming to a High School Near You 46
6 The School Report 61
7 Recommendations 75
8 Extracurrsculars 86
9 Testing 97
10 The Personal Statement 110
11 Supplemental Essays 118
12 Submitting the Application 122
13 Alumni Interviews 132
14 A Word on Early 143
15 International Applicants 148
16 Recruited Athletes 157
17 Decision Day 169
18 Admitted Student Events 183
19 Welcome to College 191
20 Best in Class 202
Works Consulted 211