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For parents who want to be fully informed about essential information that high school students need to know in order to plan for, apply to, and be successful in college, this guide details all stages of the process. It explains the terminology, policies, and procedures for successful college application, and will empower parents to manage their relationship with school counselors and admissions officers. Timelines and charts for teens at different points in the college search process, sample college admissions essays, and practical advice from parents and teens who have negotiated the process provide detailed stepsfrom what classes a teen should take in high school to managing personal finances once in collegeguide parents and prospective college students toward successful college admission. Additional information for many different types of students and groups of families, including athletes, first-generation applicants, students with disabilities, minority students, and students interested in the visual and performing arts, plus appendices with sample thank-you letters, resumes, a self-evaluation, and a complete admissions checklist, make this a comprehensive one-stop resource for finding the perfect college.
A national leader and public speaker in educational advising, Dr. Ezeze has over forty years’ of educational planning and consulting experience. Dr. Ezeze has worked extensively with first-generation college students as well as a diverse range of distinguished corporations, businesses, and non-profit entities. Some of his former clients include The Boys Choir of Harlem, New Jersey Nets Basketball Academic Camp, Salomon Brothers Inc., I Have a Dream Foundation, and Prudential Securities Adopt-a-School Program. Most recently, Dr. Ezeze has been involved with designing and implementing college advising programs for Charter Schools within the Washington, DC Metro Area and during the summers he serves as the Assistant Director for the (MS) Square Program at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Dr. Ezeze received his Doctorate in Education from Harvard University in 1983. He lives in Silver Spring, MD.
Table of Contents
Introduction Calendar of College and Financial Aid Events Chapter I: What to Do Early in High School to Prepare for College Chapter II: The College Application Process Chapter III: For Students with Disabilities Chapter IV: The College Athlete Chapter V: Especially for Students of Color Chapter VI: The First-Generation College-Bound Student Chapter VII: Financial Aid Chapter VIII: College: Getting In and Getting Through Conclusion Appendices Appendix A: Transcript Appendix B: Internet Scholarship Resources Appendix C: Student Self-Evaluation Appendix D: College Application Process Checklist Appendix E: College Information Request Letter Appendix F: Sample Thank-You Letter Appendix G: Sample Resume Appendix H: Essays That Work (Sample essays) Appendix I: NCAA Division I Sliding Scale Appendix J: College Applicant Profile