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The ultimate insider's guide to getting into the nation's most competitive colleges
Written by a former senior admissions officer at Harvard University, this book provides keen insights into what it takes to get into America's top schools. With the help of case studies of successful Harvard applicants, Charles Hughes II defines the goals and mission of highly selective schools. He explains the relative weight given to:
- Extra-curricular activities
- Personal qualities
- Intangibles in the admission process
Hughes breaks down the components of the application, explaining the significance of each and how they are evaluated. And, drawing upon his extensive experience, he clues readers in on effective ways for applicants to improve their candidacy, including:
- How to prepare early in high school
- How to write a better application
- How to find the school best suited to their interests, personality, and goals
With this essential guide, students will be able to present their talents in the best light possible, and create a winning college application.
Written by a former senior admissions officer at Harvard University, this book provides keen insights into what it takes to get into America's top schools. With the help of case studies of successful Harvard applicants, Hughes defines the goals and mission of highly selective schools.
Ivy League schools on average reject some 90 percent of applicants. But there is another way to get into the top colleges in the United Statesthe back gatethat will still see motivated students come out the front gate with an Ivy League diploma.
This book is the plan B that offers you an alternative set of keys to seven of the Ivy League universities: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Pennsylvania (Penn), and Brown. Also covered are the so-called second tier of elite universities, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Duke, Northwestern, and University of Virginia, among others, which have highly selective admission requirements and confer social and economic benefits on par with the traditional Ivy Leagues.
From extension schools to special programs for working students to online studies, the range of back gateways is remarkable for leveling the field for students of all stripes. This book provides the little-known strategies to help you succeed in enrolling in the school of your dreams.
About the Author
Award-winning publisher and journalist C. W. Henderson is executive editor of Ivy League Week at VerticalNews.com and executive editor of Education Letter at the Wall Street Journal Professional Edition. He founded and manages the professional publishers NewsRx, VerticalNews, ScholarlyNews, and ScholarlyEditions. USA Today named him one of Six Who Made a Difference.” He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.