College Admissions Book Review
A Is for Admission : The Insider's Guide to Getting into the Ivy League and Other Top Colleges, by Michele A. Hernandez
Paperback - 288 pages; Warner Books
There are other insights too, many of which are available in other books. Some reviewers have noted that the information in A Is for Admission is most helpful for Dartmouth applicants because of Hernandez's intimate association with the process there. That may be true, but readers who are targeting the so-called elite colleges can get a good perspective of the steep slope they face when entering applicant pools of this competitive level. The truth about elite admissions is that it's much harder than most people imagine it to be. One has to be very discerning to see through the marketing hype that appears in high schoolers' mailboxes. The Ivies and other top schools would love to have your application and your application fee. Before being quick to do the application work and write that check, read books like this one to get some perspective on the issue. "A" may be for "admission," but "D" is for "discernment."
-Reviewed by Dave Berry