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Based on the real-life experiences of students who were admitted to the United States' most prestigious universities, this guide provides proven strategies to get into and pay for any college. Detailing what high school studentsfrom freshmen to seniorscan do to prepare, this updated edition addresses recent changes in admissions and financial aid processes and the increasingly popular early-admissions option. Examples of applications, interviews, and 25 actual college-admission essays complement information on how parents can help without hurting, what it takes to ace the SAT and ACT, and where students can find free cash for tuition. Stories of students' successes and failures reveal how the college-admissions and financial-aid processes really work, while giving a personal face to what is often seen as an impersonal experience. A section for special groups includes admission considerations for athletes, transfer and international students, students with disabilities, and home-schooled students.
Gen and Kelly Tanabe are the authors of 14 books including The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges, The Ultimate Scholarship Book, and How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay. They tour the country as speakers on college planning and live in Northern California.
Table of Contents
1. What Selective Colleges Really Want from Applicants 2. How to Pick the Perfect College for You 3. Create a Compelling Admission Application 4. How to Guarantee Excellent Evaluations 5. How to Write an Irresistible Essay 6. Recycle Your Essays When Applying to Many Colleges 7. Example Essays: The Good, Bad and Ugly 8. The Secrets to Crushing the Interview 9. Critical Final Steps before Submitting the Application 10. How to Ace the SAT and ACT 11. How to Win Free Cash for College 12. Admissions for Special Groups: Athletes, Transfer Students, International Students, Adult Students, Students With Disabilities and Home-schooled Students 13. Get Started Before Your Senior Year: For Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors 14. Get Your Child Ready for College: A Parents' Guide to Helping Without Hurting 15. Decide Which College to Enter Appendix A: Resources Appendix B: College Search Worksheet Appendix C: Evaluation/Recommendation Worksheet Appendix D: College Cost of Attendance Worksheet Appendix E: Financial Aid Worksheet Index About the Authors