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Admission Matters. What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College. 4th Edition

  • ID: 4013289
  • Book
  • 416 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"Wise, practical, sane, comprehensive, and calming, Admission Matters is the gold standard for books on the college admission process."
William Shain, former dean of admission at Vanderbilt University, Macalester College, and Bowdoin College

  • Choosing the Right College
  • How Colleges Decide
  • Writing Great Applications
  • Preparing for the SAT/ACT
  • Getting Financial Aid


The fourth edition of Admission Matters offers students and parents a comprehensive, practical, and supportive guide through the college admissions process. From building a college list, to understanding standardized tests, to obtaining financial aid, to crafting a great application and much more this thoroughly revised and updated new edition guides readers every step of the way with clear, sensible advice and practical tips.

Applying to college can be competitive and complex. Admission Matters offers real–world expert help for all students, whether they are aiming for an Ivy or the state school close to home. With the latest information available, this book will help students make a perfect match with the right college for them.


"Admission Matters is not just comprehensive, it′s a paper version of a great college counselor."
Maria Furtado, executive director, Colleges That Change Lives

"A widely trusted guide, realistic and comprehensive. Every student who′s about to embark on the college search will find something valuable to think about here, as well as high–impact advice about what to do."
Jeffrey Brenzel, former dean of undergraduate admissions, Yale University

"This book is a gift to parents and students embarking on the college search adventure."
Monica Inzer, dean of admission and financial aid, Hamilton College

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Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Part 1 What You Need to Know Before You Begin 1

1 Why Has College Admissions Become So Competitive? 3

2 What Do Colleges Look for in an Applicant? 20

3 How Do Colleges Make Their Decisions? 45

4 How Colleges (and Students) Differ: Finding What Fits 62

Part 2 Making the Right Choices for You 99

5 Where Should You Apply? 101

6 The Big Tests 127

7 Deciding About Early Decision and Other Early Options 150

8 Paying the Bill 164

Part 3 Tackling Your Applications 197

9 Applying Well, Part I: The Application and the Essay 199

10 Applying Well, Part II: Recommendations, Interviews, and Activities 219

11 Making the Most of Your Special Talents 242

12 Students with Special Circumstances 266

13 Advice for International Students 289

Part 4 Bringing the Process to a Close 311

14 Making Your Decision After the Colleges Make Theirs 313

15 What Matters Most: Advice to Parents and Students 336


A. College Research Worksheet 347

B. Essay Prompts, 2017 2018 351

C. Financial Aid Shopping Sheet 353

D. Cost of Attendance Worksheet 355

College Preparation Time Line 357

Resources 367

Notes 375

About the Authors 383

Index 385

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Sally P. Springer
Jon Reider
Joyce Vining Morgan
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