Admission Matters : What Students and Parents Need to Know about Getting into College

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  • Copyright: 2009-07-14
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This updated guide explains the rapidly changing college admissions process. "Admission Matters" outlines what has changed, where to apply, how financial aid works, and much more.

Author Biography

Sally P. Springer, Ph.D., is associate chancellor emerita at the University of California, Davis. She is a psychologist and has more than thirty-five years of experience in higher education as a professor and university administrator.

Jon Reider, Ph.D., is director of college counseling at San Francisco University High School, an independent 9-12 high school. For fifteen years he served as an admissions officer at Stanford University.

Marion R. Franck, M.A., is a weekly columnist for the Davis Enterprise. She has been a featured writer in UC Davis' publications for parents.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Why Has College Admissions Become So Competitive?p. 1
It Used to Be Simple ... But Not Anymore
Which Colleges Are the Most Selective?
Why So Much Interest in Such a Small Group of Colleges?
The Importance of Fit
The Rankings Game
Concerns About Rankings
Why Are Rankings So Popular?
Looking Ahead
What Do Selective Colleges Look for in an Applicant?p. 21
How College Admissions Has Changed
What Matters Now
The Academic Record
Standardized Tests
Engagement Beyond the Classroom: The Extracurricular Record
Personal Qualities: The Person Behind the Paper
Fitting It All Together
How Do Colleges Make Their Decisions?p. 46
Who Works in Admissions?
Ambassadors and Gatekeepers
What Happens to Your File?
Tentative Decisions
Making the Final Decision
Building the Freshman Class
The Role of Your High School Counselor
A Few Words About Independent College Counselors
The Parents' Role
How Colleges (and Students) Differ: Finding What Fitsp. 61
So Many Choices: How Do You Begin?
Some Questions to Ask Yourself
Liberal Arts Colleges
Research Universities
What's in a Name?
Other Types of Four-Year Institutions
Which Kind of College Is Best for You?
Curriculum and Requirements
Colleges with Special Affiliations
The Intangibles
What Makes for a Quality
Undergraduate Experience?
Getting the Information You Need
Where Should You Apply?p. 86
Start at Your Counseling Office
The College Visit
Selectivity and Your College List
Determining Your Chances
Some Cautions About Data
Self-Assessment and Research: The Keys to a Good College List
A Word About Finances
The Big Testsp. 108
Considering the ACT
Which Test Should You Take?
Test-Optional Schools
The Special Case of Special Accommodations
The SAT Subject Tests
A Special Word to Parents About Standardized Tests
A Postscript on the Future of Standardized Testing
Deciding About Early Decision and Other Early Options
The Pros and Cons of Early Decision
Early Action
Should You Apply Early Decision or Early Action?
More Things to Consider
Applying Well: Part Ip. 148
Getting Off to a Good Start
Using the Common Application
Writing an Effective Personal Essay
An Important To-Do List
Applying Well: Part IIp. 165
Getting Great Letters of Recommendation
Shining in Your Interview
Highlighting What You've Accomplished
Special Talents
The Student Athlete
Tips for Homeschoolers
You've Finished Your Applications-Now What?
Paying the Billp. 187
How Do Colleges Determine Your Financial Need?
The Verification Process
Why Do Need-Based Packages Differ from College to College?
How Can You Estimate Your Financial Need?
What Goes into a Financial Aid Package?
How Is Your Package Put Together?
Will Your Need for Financial Aid Affect Your Chances of Admission?
What About Merit-Based Aid?
Financial Aid and Your Decisions
Another Word About Early Decision
Planning Ahead When Your Child Is Young
A Special Note About Financial Aid in Tough Times
Making Your Decision After the Colleges Make Theirsp. 211
How Will You Be Notified?
The Special Case of Early Decision
When It Is Your Turn to Decide
Spring Admits
Taking Another Look
Revisiting Financial Aid
How Wait-Lists Work
A Word About Senioritis
Celebrate and Enjoy!
What Matters Most: Advice to Parents and Students Some Parting thoughts for Parentsp. 231
Some Parting Thoughts for Studentsp. 231
Epiloguep. 241
College Research Worksheetp. 251
Common Application 2009-10p. 255
Sample Student Information Sheet for Letters of Recommendationp. 273
Financial Aid Comparison Worksheetp. 277
Cost of Attendance Worksheetp. 279
College Preparation Time Linep. 281
Glossaryp. 291
Resourcesp. 297
Notesp. 303
About the Authorsp. 309
Indexp. 311
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