Admissions

College Admissions Book Review: Admissions Confidential

Admissions Confidential : An Insiders Account of the Elite College Selection Process, by Rachel Toor, Textbook Binding – 288 pages, St Martins Pr (Trade) While we are preparing our full review of Admissions Confidential, here’s some information from our partner, Amazon.com. By the way, our site and this book are not related, despite the use ...

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How to Be Accepted by the College of Your Choice

(Completely Revised 1961-1962 Edition), by Benjamin Fine Paperback – 419 pages, (March 1960), Popular Library – Out of Print Now why would I review an out-of-print book from 1960? Well, because it’s great fun to see what the state of higher education was like four decades ago, when many current parents of college-bound high schoolers ...

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Academic Index: The AI Rank Explained

First, a word of caution! It sounds way too simplistic to convert a student’s high school career into a one-digit rank number – and it IS! Don’t obsess over this number, just use it as an indication of how a few schools MAY evaluate your scores and GPA performance IN ADDITION TO the rest of ...

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College Admissions Book: Successful Essays

Paperback – 299 pages; Mentor Books 100 Successful College Application Essays has been around for a while. On the cover, under the two authors’ names is the additional phrase “With Members of the Staff of The Harvard Independent.” There’s that name again. I have to wonder if Mentor Books’ marketing department would have included that ...

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Searching For Ivy Success: An Interview With Katherine Cohen

Katherine Cohen, Author of The Truth About Getting In College Confidential posed a few questions to Kat Cohen about admissions issues. College Confidential (CC): What’s your opinion of the current level of college guidance being offered in today’s public high schools? Are private-school counselors any better? Katherine Cohen (KC): Not necessarily. It depends on the ...

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Fat Envelopes, Skinny Envelopes

This is the time of year when a lot of high school seniors camp out by their mailbox. The end of March through the middle of April is a traditional time of waiting for letters of admission (or rejection) from colleges and universities. The theory states that if you get a fat letter from a ...

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Ivy Admissions: Can It Really Be That Hard?

Ethan Bronner, in a particularly apt New York Times article on the difficulties of elite admissions, quotes former Dartmouth College dean of admissions, Karl Furstenberg, on the subject of the high number of qualified applicants.  Furstenberg said, “This makes our job harder, but it forces us to look at the intangibles . . . how ...

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