Written by two former admissions officers at top universities and current admissions coaches, this book is a must-have for preparing a winning college application. The authors reveal the mystery behind what college admissions officers are looking for and show applicants how to leverage their credentials, stand out in the over-crowded applicants' pool, and make a genuine, memorable impression. This is the book that will help the college-bound get off the "like many others" pile and onto the acceptance list.
- Includes instructions and examples for every component of the college application, from writing the essay to answering questions like "Why do you want to go to College X?"
- Shows how to avoid underestimating the importance of critical features on any application
- Includes the latest information on the Common Application 4.0 and corrects outdated, holdover advice still stressed in many other books
This book is filled with step-by-step advice that students and parents can use immediately and will refer to again and again.
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About the Author
Alison Cooper Chisolm and Anna Ivey work together at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Ivey College Consulting, an admissions coaching firm that helps applicants around the world get into top U.S. colleges.
Table of Contents
PART 1 Getting Started 1
1 Big Decisions 3
2 Your Plan 13
3 Your Story 22
4 Your Résumé 35
PART 2 Completing the Application 61
5 Th e Application as a Whole 63
6 Factual Questions about You and Your Family 72
7 Education and Academic Questions 85
8 Activities Lists 91
9 Really Short Answer Questions 117
10 Short Answer Questions 127
11 Essay Questions 133
12 “Why College X?” Questions 167
13 Disciplinary and Criminal Background Questions 179
14 Miscellaneous Other Questions 188
15 Additional Information Questions 197
16 Supplementary Materials 201
17 Test Score Reports 212
18 School Reports 229
19 Recommendations 250
20 Interviews 271
21 Th e Application as a Whole Redux
PART 3 Crossing the Finish Line 295
22 Th e Logistics of Submitting and Following Up 297
23 Application Updates (Including Deferrals, Wait Lists, and Correcting Mistakes) 310
Closing: You’re Done, Now What? 327
About the Authors 331
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Some college admissions how-tos cause more anxiety than the SATs. Fortunately, Standout College Application isn’t one of them. This is an interesting, step-by-step guide through the college application process. It includes big topics like how to tackle essays, and smaller matters that we often take for granted, like how to answer the really short questions. I feel fortunate to have come across this book. I have no doubt that the real-world examples and templates will come in handy during the college application process. To parents researching this book for their kids, please keep in mind that the methods in this book require time and effort—no magic beans in here. Start early!