The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting into Top Colleges, 1st Edition

  • Marna Atkin
  • Ian Leslie
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  • ISBN-10: 1101100575
  • ISBN-13: 9781101100578
  • DDC: 378.161
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 320 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released January 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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Cruise your way to the Ivy League! It's no secret that it's harder to get into college these days. Ivy League and other selective schools have record numbers of applicants, making the competition even steeper. This must-have guide carefully explores the to-do's to gain admission to a top tier school. Students and parents will learn about choosing the right school, what college admissions officers really consider when making their decisions, early decision versus early action, and what being on the waitlist means.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents at a Glance.
1: It’s Never Too Early to Start Planning.
2: Which Schools are on Top?.
3: Getting into Top Business Schools.
4: Do You have What It Takes?.
5: Working with a Guidance Counselor.
6: Talent Searches.
7: High School Alternatives.
8: Moving Forward.
9: Selecting Your Classes.
10: Extracurriculars.
11: Admission Tests.
12: Narrowing Your Choices.
13: The Intangibles.
14: The College Tours.
15: Can I Afford It?.
16: The Application.
17: Applying Early.
18: The Application.
19: Getting Recommendations.
20: The Essay.
21: The Interview.
22: Letters Start Rolling in.
23: So You’ve been Accepted.
24: So You’ve been Rejected.
25: The Wait List.
26: Wrapping It Up.
Appendixes A: Glossary.
Appendixes B: Further Resources.
Appendixes C: Admission Rates.
Appendixes D: Sample Resumé.
Appendixes E: Sample Essays.
Appendixes F: Summer Programs.
Appendixes G: Talent Searches and the States They Serve.
Appendixes H: Math and Science Contests.
Appendixes I: Gap Year Programs.