How to Prepare a Standout College Application. Expert Advice that Takes You from LMO* (*Like Many Others) to Admit

  • ID: 2330890
  • Book
  • 352 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"This comprehensive book is an X–ray; slapped into its ′light box′ of readable prose, it reveals the hidden structure of the admissions process and is full of pragmatic advice about every aspect of that structure."

Daniel T. Langdale, former director of admissions at Caltech and associate director of admissions at MIT

"As a former admissions officer, I appreciate how effectively Alison and Anna distil their knowledge into practical strategies for every student. But it′s as a parent that I really love this book: the tone is friendly, affirming, accessible, and calm. This is great advice with a rare, big–picture perspective."

Jennifer P. Weil, former admissions officer at Yale University and parent of a 17–year–old boy applying to college

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 overcrowded 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  • Includes the latest information on Common Application 4.0 and corrects outdated, holdover advice still stressed in many other books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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Preface v

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

Index 333

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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.

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