Synopses & Reviews
This alternative college guide from a former Dartmouth assistant admissions director-turned-consultant gives non-straight-A students advice on the many options available to them and tips on how to identify, gain admittance to, and pay for the schools that will allow them to flourish.
Contrary to popular opinion, you don't have to have a perfect GPA or a perfect jump shot to get into a good college. A must-read for "average" high school students (and their parents), this book is an insider's look at how students with sub-4.0 GPAs can get the most out of the college application process, make their applications stand out from the rest, and pay for school without taking on enormous debt. With Emotional Intelligence skill-building exercises to help students identify their unique priorities, this manual focuses on the whole student, not just grades and SAT scores. Featuring special tips for B (and C) students to make a memorable impression on admissions officers, painlessly beef up their applications, write great essays, and even get into brand-name schools through the side door, this guide contains everything real students need to get into their perfect college.
"Jager-Hyman (Fat Envelope Frenzy), former assistant director of admissions at Dartmouth and founder of College Prep 360 (a college-planning consulting organization), guides students (and their parents) through the college-admissions process, offering a wealth of insider advice. The author emphasizes that even in the highly competitive (and, according to the media, often 'gloomy') admissions environment, there is hope for kids who don't have straight A's and perfect SAT scores. Jager-Hyman covers the usual steps: developing a list of target, reach, and safety schools; writing essays; prepping for the college interview; taking the SATs; and demystifying financial aid. Drawing upon her experiences in college admissions, she offers such suggestions as being first in line for early admissions (before officers become bleary-eyed from reading essays); sending written thank you notes to individuals who conduct the interviews; and so forth. In clear, friendly prose, she helps students focus on their strengths as they calmly and confidently face this stressful process. Though there is plenty of information on the Internet about the college-application process, this insider perspective is a welcome addition to the toolkit. Agent: Laurie Abkemeier, DiFiore and Company. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
JOIE JAGER-HYMAN served as assistant director of admissions for Dartmouth College. After completing a doctorate in education policy with a focus on the high school to college transition at Harvard University, she founded College Prep 360 (www.CollegePrep360.com), a college-planning consulting organization. She is the author of Fat Envelope Frenzy, has appeared on CBS's The Early Show and NPR, and has contributed to Forbes and New York magazine. She lives with her husband and their son.
Table of Contents
Choose Your Own (College) Adventure
Building a College List
Getting a Good Gut Feeling
Selectivity and Standardized Testing
Painless Ways to Beef Up Your Application
Making the Most of Early Admissions Policies
Making Each Piece of Your Application Count
Writing Your College Essay
Getting the Red-Carpet Treatment:
Students with Special Circumstances
Communicating Your Experience:
Students with Learning Disabilities
Paying for College
How Parents Can Help (and Hurt)
Junior- and Senior-Year College Admissions Timeline
Getting Into a Top College Through the Side Door
A List of Colleges Worth Considering
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