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What It Really Takes to Get Into Ivy League and Other Highly Selective Colleges,9780071412599

What It Really Takes to Get Into Ivy League and Other Highly Selective Colleges

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Pub. Date:
3/19/2003
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McGraw-Hill
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The ultimate insider's guide to getting into the nation's most competitive collegesWritten by a former senior admissions officer at Harvard University, this book provides keen insights into what it takes to get into America's top schools. With the help of case studies of successful Harvard applicants, Charles Hughes II defines the goals and mission of highly selective schools. He explains the relative weight given to: Academics Extra-curricular activities Personal qualities Intangibles in the admission processHughes breaks down the components of the application, explaining the significance of each and how they are evaluated. And, drawing upon his extensive experience, he clues readers in on effective ways for applicants to improve their candidacy, including: How to prepare early in high school How to write a better application How to find the school best suited to their interests, personality, and goalsWith this essential guide, students will be able to present their talents in the best light possible, and create a winning college application.

Author Biography

Chuck Hughes is a former senior admissions officer at Harvard University, where he spent several years evaluating thousands of undergraduate applications. Currently director of academic products for Monster.com, he is a Harvard alumnus and makes his home in Boston, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Part I: College Admissions 101: What Matters to Admissions Offices
A 10,000 Foot View of Selective Admissions
3(14)
The Long Line to Admission
3(5)
The Admission Mission: Prepare Leaders for the Twenty-First Century
8(2)
Universities Don't Just Admit Individuals---They Build Classes
10(4)
Individual Assessment: The Key Criteria
14(3)
Academic Assessment: Are Good Grades and Strong SAT Scores Enough?
17(38)
Analyzing Academic Rigor, GPA, and Class Rank
18(9)
Standardized Testing
27(15)
Co-Curricular Programs and Awards
42(6)
Academic Profile of Students Admitted to Highly Selective Colleges
48(7)
Extracurricular Activities
55(56)
Making a Difference on and off Campus
55(3)
The Extracurricular Milieu
58(2)
Depth versus Breadth of Extracurricular Commitments
60(3)
Avoiding Tunnel Vision
63(4)
Student Government and the Politicians of Tomorrow
67(4)
The Great Debate
71(2)
Music and Visual and Performing Arts: High Profile on Campus and in Admissions
73(6)
Power of the Pen: Publications, Journalism, and Writing
79(2)
Entrepreneurship, Business Internships, and Term-Time Work
81(1)
Social Service and Community Involvement
82(3)
Impact of Athletics in Admission
85(17)
Recognized Extracurricular Programs and Positions
102(3)
Extracurricular Profile of Students Admitted to Highly Selective Colleges
105(3)
Circumstances That Limit Extracurricular Involvement
108(3)
Personal Qualities and Background Factors Impact on the Application
111(48)
Why Personal Character Is Important
112(5)
Letters of Recommendation
117(9)
The Personal Essay and the Story It Tells
126(4)
Interviewing
130(5)
Intangibles: Tip Factors
135(24)
Part II: College Admissions 102: Understanding the Admissions Cycle
Rating Candidates and the Evaluation Process
159(26)
Reading and Rating Your Application
159(2)
Academic Rating
161(1)
Extracurricular Rating
162(1)
Personal Rating
163(1)
Overall Rating
164(2)
School Support and Teacher Recommendations
166(1)
Who Reads Your Application?
166(4)
Fall Recruiting
170(6)
The Reading Process: Early Admission Whirlwind
176(2)
The Reading Process: April Admission and Rounding Out the Class
178(1)
Committee Meetings, Presenting Cases, Mailing Letters
179(2)
A Cruel Summer: Waiting on the Waiting List
181(4)
Application Preparation: From Middle School to College
185(54)
Early Awareness Makes a Difference
185(5)
Junior Year: The Application Process
190(7)
Senior Year: Fine-Tuning Your Application
197(1)
The Value of College Counseling
198(3)
Applying to College Early
201(6)
A Note on Financial Aid
207(6)
Part III: Harvard Case Studies
An Examination of Admissions Applications
213(26)
Appendix 239(2)
Index 241


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