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What It Really Takes to Get into Ivy League and Other Highly Selective Colleges

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ISBN-10: 007141259X

ISBN-13: 9780071412599

Edition: 2003

Authors: Chuck Hughes

List price: $24.00
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The ultimate insider's guide to getting into the nation's most competitive colleges Written by a former senior admissions officer at Harvard University, this book provides keen insights into what it takes to get into America's top schools. With the help of case studies of successful Harvard applicants, Charles Hughes II defines the goals and mission of highly selective schools. He explains the relative weight given to: Academics Extra-curricular activities Personal qualities Intangibles in the admission process Hughes breaks down the components of the application, explaining the significance of each and how they are evaluated. And, drawing upon his extensive experience, he clues readers in…    
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 4/9/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.90" wide x 9.00" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Chuck Hughes is a former senior admissions officer at Harvard University, where he spent several years evaluating thousands of undergraduate applications. Currently director of academic products for, he is a Harvard alumnus and makes his home in Boston, Massachusetts.

College Admissions 101: What Matters to Admissions Offices
A 10,000 Foot View of Selective Admissions
The Long Line to Admission
The Admission Mission: Prepare Leaders for the Twenty-First Century
Universities Don't Just Admit Individuals--They Build Classes
Individual Assessment: The Key Criteria
Academic Assessment: Are Good Grades and Strong SAT Scores Enough?
Analyzing Academic Rigor, GPA, and Class Rank
Standardized Testing
Co-Curricular Programs and Awards
Academic Profile of Students Admitted to Highly Selective Colleges
Extracurricular Activities
Making a Difference on and off Campus
The Extracurricular Milieu
Depth versus Breadth of Extracurricular Commitments
Avoiding Tunnel Vision
Student Government and the Politicians of Tomorrow
The Great Debate
Music and Visual and Performing Arts: High Profile on Campus and in Admissions
Power of the Pen: Publications, Journalism, and Writing
Entrepreneurship, Business Internships, and Term-Time Work
Social Service and Community Involvement
Impact of Athletics in Admission
Recognized Extracurricular Programs and Positions
Extracurricular Profile of Students Admitted to Highly Selective Colleges
Circumstances That Limit Extracurricular Involvement
Personal Qualities and Background Factors Impact on the Application
Why Personal Character Is Important
Letters of Recommendation
The Personal Essay and the Story It Tells
Intangibles: Tip Factors
College Admissions 102: Understanding the Admissions Cycle
Rating Candidates and the Evaluation Process
Reading and Rating Your Application
Academic Rating
Extracurricular Rating
Personal Rating
Overall Rating
School Support and Teacher Recommendations
Who Reads Your Application?
Fall Recruiting
The Reading Process: Early Admission Whirlwind
The Reading Process: April Admission and Rounding Out the Class
Committee Meetings, Presenting Cases, Mailing Letters
A Cruel Summer: Waiting on the Waiting List
Application Preparation: From Middle School to College
Early Awareness Makes a Difference
Junior Year: The Application Process
Senior Year: Fine-Tuning Your Application
The Value of College Counseling
Applying to College Early
A Note on Financial Aid
Harvard Case Studies An Examination of Admissions Applications