Getting into College with Julia Ross

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  • Copyright: 2010-05-11
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Let Julia Ross help you to identify colleges that meet your individual needs - academic, social, athletic, and financial.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xii
The College Selection Journeyp. 1
Parental Involvementp. 4
Student Involvementp. 5
Three Sample Students: Colin, Grace and Allyp. 6
Optimal Junior/Senior Timelinep. 8
Catching-Up Senior Timelinep. 13
Developing Your Personal College Listp. 19
Decision Criteriap. 19
College Selection Surveyp. 28
Developing Your Very Own College Listp. 43
Sample College Selection Spreadsheets: Colin, Grace and Allyp. 47
The Numbers Game: Statistical Qualificationsp. 61
Admissions Statistics for 2007 - Virginia Public Universitiesp. 64
The Exams: SAT Reasoning Exam vs. ACT Exam Decision Criteriap. 65
SAT vs. ACT Scoring Spreadsheetp. 68
Months Exams Offeredp. 69
Sitting for the SAT/ACT Examsp. 69
Registering for the SAT and ACT Examsp. 70
Reporting the Scoresp. 70
Disability Accommodationsp. 71
Fee Waiversp. 71
Preparing for the SAT and/or ACT Examsp. 72
SAT II - Subject Testsp. 74
Test Day Advicep. 76
Final Words of Wisdom on Test-Takingp. 77
Stupid Student Storiesp. 78
Student Resumep. 81
Launching on Your Journeyp. 81
Purposep. 82
View from the Admissions Officep. 84
Admissions Buzzwords and Why They Matterp. 85
Construction Cautionsp. 90
Developing Your Student Resumep. 94
Representing Yourselfp. 94
Formatting Your Student Resumep. 95
Student Resume Success Storyp. 95
Following Our Three Students: Colin, Grace and Allyp. 96
Developing Your Own Student Resumep. 105
The Applicationp. 113
The Application Plansp. 114
Types of Applicationsp. 115
Components of Most Applicationsp. 117
Completing Your Applicationp. 117
Cautionp. 119
Working with Your High School Guidance Officep. 120
"Special" Paperwork Requestsp. 122
The Common Applicationp. 122
The Individual College Supplementp. 123
Julia Ross' Ultimate College Application Strategyp. 123
The Money Treep. 127
Letters of Recommendationp. 129
Colin's Request, Letter of Recommendation and Julia Ross' Critiquep. 132
Grace's Requests, Letters of Recommendation and Julia Ross' Critiquep. 136
Application Essaysp. 149
Sample Essay Questionsp. 154
Sample Essays: The Goodp. 155
Sample Essays: The Dare-Devilsp. 178
Sample Essays: Those with Questionable Judgmentp. 183
Giving and Receiving an Impressionp. 187
Why Visitp. 187
Campus Visit 101p. 188
Setting Up Your Campus Visitsp. 189
Preparing For Your Campus Visitp. 190
Dressing For Successp. 192
What to Expect When You Visitp. 194
Taking Notes When You Visitp. 195
What To Ask the Admissions Officerp. 195
What to Ask Your Student Tour Guidep. 196
Interviewing on and Off Campusp. 198
Interview Questionsp. 200
Don't Do Anything Stupidp. 201
"Romancing" the Admissions Officerp. 202
Explaining Difficult Times: Lower Grades and SAT/ACT Scoresp. 203
Final Decisionsp. 206
Specialized Applicationp. 209
Reserve Officer Training Corpsp. 209
Service Academiesp. 213
Athleticsp. 217
Music, Fine Arts and Theaterp. 221
Show Me the Money: Scholarships and Financial Aidp. 227
Merit-Based Awards: Scholarshipsp. 227
Don't Believe the Urban Legends!p. 234
Need-Based Awards: Financial Aidp. 236
Other Scholarship Opportunitiesp. 238
Research Opportunitiesp. 238
Acknowledgmentsp. 239
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