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Admission Matters What Students and Parents Need to Know about Getting into College

ISBN-10: 1118450272
ISBN-13: 9781118450277
Edition: 3rd 2013
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List price: $11.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 7/26/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

New edition of the go-to reference to college admission Getting into college has never been more complicated or competitive. Parents and students need expert guidance to navigate the maze of college admissions. This thoroughly updated edition of Admission Matters is the best source, covering the whole process for any applicant. The authors offer great practical advice for selecting the right school, writing effective essays, navigating financial aid, and much more. No matter what type of school a college-bound student may select, Admission Matters will give them the edge they need. Offers an essential resource for understanding the admission process for all students applying to collegeAddresses the most recent changes to the college application processNew sections include information for international students, transfer students, and students with learning disabilities, as well as expanded advice for athletes, artists, and homeschoolers This is an essential handbook for any family facing the college admission process.

Sally P. Springer, Ph.D., is associate chancellor emerita at the University of California, Davis. She is a psychologist and has more than thirty-five years of experience in higher education as a professor and university administrator.Jon Reider, Ph.D., is director of college counseling at San Francisco University High School, an independent 9-12 high school. For fifteen years he served as an admissions officer at Stanford University.Marion R. Franck, M.A., is a weekly columnist for the Davis Enterprise. She has been a featured writer in UC Davis' publications for parents.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Why Has College Admissions Become So Competitive?
It Used to Be Simple … But Not Anymore
What Is Selectivity All About?
Why Is There So Much Interest in a Small Croup of Colleges?
The Rankings Game
Why Are Rankings So Popular?
"I'll Make More Money If I Graduate from an Elite College": Another Myth
Getting into Graduate School
The Importance of Fit
What Do Colleges Look for in an Applicant?
How College Admissions Has Changed
What Matters Now
The Academic Record
Standardized Tests
Engagement Beyond the Classroom: The Extracurricular Record
Personal Qualities: The Person Behind the Paper
Hooks and How They Help
Fitting It All Together
How Do Colleges Make Their Decisions?
Who Works in Admissions?
What Happens to Your Application?
Tentative Decisions
How the Final Decision Is Made
The Special Case of the Most Selective Colleges
The Role of Your High School Counselor
How College Access Programs Can Help
Should You Consider Hiring an Independent College Counselor?
The Parents' Role
How Colleges (and Students) Differ: Finding What Fits
So Many Choices: How Do You Begin?
Some Questions to Ask Yourself
Liberal Arts Colleges
Research Universities
What's in a Name?
Master's Universities and Baccalaureate Colleges
Specialized Programs
Colleges with Special Affiliations
Earning Your Degree Abroad, in English
Which Kind of College Is Best for You?
Majors, Careers, and Curriculum
How Easily Can You Get Advice and Help?
What Makes for a Quality Undergraduate Experience?
Determining Your Priorities
Where Should You Apply?
Start at Your Counseling Office
Use a College Search Tool
Meeting College Representatives
Read What They Send You (But Don't Let It Go to Your Head)
How to Narrow Things Down
The College Visit
Showing That You Are Interested
Selectivity and Your College List
Check Out the Data
How Long Should Your College List Be?
The Key to a Good College List
A Word About Finances
The Big Tests
What Is the SAT Supposed to Test?
What Is the ACT Supposed to Measure?
How Much Do Standardized Tests Count?
How Should You Prepare?
Which Test Should You Take?
When Should You Take the SAT or ACT?
How Do the PSAT and PLAN Fit into the Picture?
Test-Optional Schools
The Case of Special Accommodations
The SAT Subject Tests
A Word to Parents About Standardized Tests
Deciding About Early Decision and Other Early Options
An Overview of Early Acceptance Programs
The Pros and Cons of Early Decision
Early Action in Detail
Should You Apply Early Decision or Early Action?
More Things to Consider
Likely Letters and Early Notification
The Advantage of Thinking Early Even If You Decide Against Applying Early
And Humor Always Helps Keep Things in Perspective
Applying Well, Part I: The Application and Essay
Getting Off to a Good Start
Using the Common Application
Writing an Effective Personal Essay
An Important To-Do List
Applying Well, Part II: Recommendations, Interviews, and Activities
Getting Great Letters of Recommendation
Shining in Your Interview
Highlighting What You've Accomplished
The Canadian and British/Irish Difference
You've Finished Your Applications. What's Next?
Making the Most of Your Special Talents
The Student Athlete and Athletic Recruitment
Options for the Student Artist
Students with Special Circumstances
Students with Disabilities
Tips for Homeschoolers
Making a Change: How to Successfully Transfer Colleges
Paying the Bill
Key Concepts for Understanding Financial Aid
How Colleges Determine Your Financial Need
What Forms Will You Have to File?
Getting an Estimate of Your Financial Need
What Goes into a Financial Aid Package?
Why Need-Based Packages Can Differ from College to College
Will Your Need for Financial Aid Affect Your Chances for Admission?
How Merit Aid Works
Seeking Outside Scholarships
Financial Aid and Your College List
Evaluating Aid After You've Been Accepted
Another Word About Early Decision
Planning Ahead When Your Child Is Young
Advice for International Students
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Being an International Applicant
What Are Colleges Looking For?
How Will Your Application Be Reviewed?
Where Should You Apply?
The Role of Standardized Tests
Tests to Show Proficiency in English
Getting the Application Completed
Paying for Your Education
Special Circumstances
The Bigger Picture
Making Your Decision After the Colleges Make Theirs
How Will You Be Notified?
The Special Case of Early Decision
What You Can Do If You Are Deferred
When It Is Your Turn to Decide in the Spring
Dealing with Disappointment
Spring Admits
Taking Another Look
Revisiting Financial Aid
How Wait Lists Work
Deposit Ethics
Should You Consider a Gap Year?
A Word About Senioritis
Celebrate and Enjoy!
What Matters Most: Advice to Parents and Students
Some Parting Thoughts for Parents
Some Parting Thoughts for Students
Appendixes
College Research Worksheet
Common Application Essay Instructions and Prompts, 2013-2014
Sample Student Information Sheet for Letters of Recommendation
Financial Aid Comparison Worksheet
Cost of Attendance Worksheet
College Preparation Time Line
Glossary
Resources
Notes
About the Authors
Index

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