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What You Don't Know Can Keep You Out of College: A Top Consultant Explains the 13 Fatal Application Mistakes and Why Character Is the Key to College A

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In the tradition of The Gatekeepers, a veteran counselor provides the missing key to the college admissions door with insider wisdom about how admissions committees think, and the thirteen fatal mistakes that can ruin an application.

When Don Dunbar was a college counselor for Phillips Academy, Andover, in the 1980s, he got to sit in on the meetings where the nation’s top colleges decided whether to admit his students. Prep school counselors no longer get this kind of astonishing access, but in those meetings, Don discovered a little-known key to college admissions that still holds true today. Many applicants look alike, based on their grades, test scores, and extracurriculars, so colleges want something more: They want applicants with character.

Most of us know what character means, but not in the way that admissions officers define it. Admissions officers have tremendous integrity, and to them, character equals what a student will contribute to his or her community, good or bad, over the next four years. Don explains the concept of character in terms that high school students can understand, using examples from his thirty years of working with kids. He shows readers how to avoid the thirteen fatal character mistakes that even the brightest students make when applying to college and democratizes the admissions process, making his advice available to all students.

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In the tradition of "The Gatekeepers," a top consultant explains the 13 fatal mistakes students make on their college applications, and addresses why character is the key to college admissions.

About the Author

Don Dunbar is a former admissions consultant for Philips Academy, Andover, and he is one of the natio‛s premier experts on the college admissions process. He founded Dunbar Educational Consultants, which has helped clients gain acceptance to all of Americ‛s top colleges and universities.

G.F. Lichtenberg is a graduate of Harvard College and the Iowa Writers Workshop, and he is the co-author of books from several major publishers. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine and Publishers Weekly.

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Azuline, June 29, 2009 (view all comments by Azuline)
I was impressed with this book by Don Dunbar, more than any of the other million books with advice on how to get in to your number 1 choice school. Dunbar's 13 mistakes are laid out chapter by chapter with anecdotes, bad examples, good examples, and a summary of the key points he's made at the end of each chapter. It's easy to read, and the lay out keeps an otherwise stressed out student from being overwhelmed with the information. Dunbar's humor is a great relief, and his advice is solid. He warns against selling yourself short, clichéd essays, and framing yourself as a sum of your achievements. These mistakes seem common sense, but are all too easy to slip into if one isn't aware. I would highly recommend this book to college applicants, whether they think they need it or not.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781592403028
Author:
Dunbar, Don
Publisher:
Gotham Books
With:
Lichtenberg, G. F.
Author:
Lichtenberg, G. F.
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Universities and colleges
Subject:
College applications
Subject:
College Entrance
Subject:
Universities and colleges -- United States.
Subject:
College applications -- United States.
Subject:
Reference-College Guides
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Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.94x6.02x.62 in. .54 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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