eBook Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College, 3rd Edition

  • ISBN-10: 1118634543
  • ISBN-13: 9781118634547
  • DDC: 378.1
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 400 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released March 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013
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The third edition of Admission Matters will be the most current book on the rapidly changing college admissions process--with every chapter updated--explaining what has changed, where to apply, how to craft a strong application package (including the personal statement), what colleges look for, how financial aid works, new developments in standardized testing, implications of changes in early decision programs, and more--a must read for stressed-out parents and their college-bound teens. Special attention is being paid to how to seek financial aid during a down economy when loan money is tight. Admission Matters addresses the entire spectrum of applicants, from those who attend well-funded public and private schools with excellent college guidance programs, to students who attend schools that provide very limited help. Guidance for homeschooled students is also included in the revised edition. This book will help all students who want to pursue a four-year college degree--those seeking admission to selective colleges, and well as those seeking admission to less competitive colleges. It gives students who lack ready access to information the leg up they need to be competitive, and offers insight and valuable perspectives to even the most well-prepared families. Admission Matters offers sensible advice and real data to counter the daunting new stories and hype about getting into college.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Praise for Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know about Getting into College.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Why Has College Admissions Become So Competitive?.
2: What Do Colleges Look for in an Applicant?.
3: How Do Colleges Make Their Decisions?.
4: How Colleges (and Students) Differ: Finding What Fits.
5: Where Should You Apply?.
6: The Big Tests.
7: Deciding About Early Decision and Other Early Options.
8: Applying Well, Part I: The Application and the Essay.
9: Applying Well, Part II: Recommendations, Interviews, and Activities.
10: Making the Most of Your Special Talents.
11: Students with Special Circumstances.
12: Paying the Bill.
13: Advice for International Students.
14: Making Your Decision After the Colleges Make Theirs.
15: What Matters Most: Advice to Parents and Students.
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.
About the Authors.