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High school students who get average grades and don’t ace the SAT or ACT discover that an exceptional college education is by no means beyond their reach with this guide. Along with information on what to look for in a college and what colleges look for in their students besides grades, this college reference provides details on more than 175 colleges that make it a point to help students who have not achieved a stellar GPA and includes information on whether colleges feature extra tutoring, help from professors, and distance-learning programs. Advice on the application process emphasizes the schools that look beyond GPA to the extracurricular activities and community involvement at which many average students excel. Quelling both students’ and parents’ fears about finding a good education with a less-than-perfect academic record, this guide makes it clear that it is always possible. This updated edition has new data on student life, financial aid and costs, deadlines, and admissions information.
Tamra B. Orr is a full-time education writer and author in Portland, Oregon. She has written more than 250 nonfiction books for young people and families, including America's Best Colleges for B Students and exam questions for national standardized tests.
Table of Contents
Section 1: Choosing: How to choose the right college for you Chapter 1: Where to find colleges that welcome B students Chapter 2: It’s never too late: Make a change for the better right now Section 2: Getting in: Beyond the basic application form Chapter 3: GPAs, SATs and ACTs, oh my! Chapter 4: Winning in writing: The all-important college essay Chapter 5: Winning in words: The also-important college interview Section 3: Paying: B students can win scholarships Chapter 6: B students can win scholarships too Section 4: Coping: Tips for thriving Chapter 7: What is due when: The top ten of time management Chapter 8: Am I having fun yet? The top ten of balancing social and studies Chapter 9: Where’s Mom when I need her? The top ten of living on your own Section 5: The colleges: A guide to the colleges that welcome B students