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Product Details

  • Series: College Admission
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Original edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307590321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307590329
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This guide can be beneficial to students of any background and at any stage of their college search process…Mamlet and Vandevelde’s guidebook provides significant and helpful direction at every stage of the college search. To reinforce their advice, they close every chapter with validation and wisdom from experienced admission deans and high school guidance counselors. Families that look to this guidebook will have a balanced sense of how to navigate the college search without feeling overwhelmed. With their new knowledge, students will traverse the college application process with a sense of ease." -- National Association for College Admission Counseling 


"This guide is a must-have resource for any student planning to enter college. No other publication offers this level of expertise and all-encompassing, reassuring wealth of information [...] Whether there is a sophomore, junior or high school student in the home, this guide will help connect the dots and show the way to help an applicant possibly receive an acceptance letter for the college of their choice." -- The Tuscon Citizen

COLLEGE ADMISSION avoids all stratagems for shoehorning your child into Harvard. Instead, it shows us how to treat the app process as a chance for self-reflection, culminating in acceptance to a school that’s an authentic fit.” -- Eli Wolfe, San Francisco Magazine

"Hurrah! An upbeat, practical book on college admissions [...]  it's well organized and readable [...] covers the basics (getting ready, selecting colleges, the application process, paying for school, deciding which to attend, etc.), enhanced with insights from 50 deans of admission, high school counselors and educators. And, dare I suggest this? It is good reading for your prospective college freshmen, too." -- Karen Horton, The Star-Ledger - NJ.com

"A new college admissions bible [...]Here is a new book jam-packed with information on every aspect of the admissions process [...] College Admission does what the title promises, in an accessible format that taps the knowledge and experience of admissions directors and others involved in the process." -- Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post
 

About the Author

 ROBIN MAMLET is the former dean of admission at Stanford, Swarthmore, and Sarah Lawrence, where she made over 100,000 admission decisions. Today, she helps colleges and universities find and select their deans of admission, leading the Enrollment Search Practice for Witt/Kieffer.

Journalist CHRISTINE VANDEVELDE's work has appeared in the San Francisco ChronicleParentingSelf, and USA Today.

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This book is well-written, fair and very informative!
Beth Congbalay
Highly recommend this book, but try to read early (when your child is in 8th or 9th grade) as many tips, you should plan by the time they are in high school.
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This book is an essential read for parents and students worried about the college admission process.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John Carpenter on March 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Finally. A resource book about college admissions for students and parents that is current, comprehensive, and accurate. What I like the best about College Admission is that it offers suggestions and guidance based on real knowledge about the process today--not what applying to college was like ten years ago. I also like that the authors have included wisdom from dozens of deans, financial aid administrators, and college counselors who do this work every day. That perspective makes a real difference.

Every step of this guide is absolutely right on, and much of the info and advice here is exactly the same that I give parents and students. There are no secrets, no tricks--just up-front and honest information about how admissions works. When families understand admissions, then the application process is less threatening and less stressful.

The chapters on testing and on financial aid are particularly useful. Each contains information that is terrifically useful and clearly outlined. Parents will appreciate the straightforward approach to both. The authors even include vocabulary that will help any student or parent gain a better insight to what they need to know. On testing, topics range from planning in the tenth-grade to considering test-optional schools. On financial aid, the scope covers everything from understanding how aid works to giving parents and students practical questions to ask. The authors even include several sample awards so that families can get an idea what it's like to compare offers and what to be sure to look for.

Overall, College Admission is probably the best book of its kind that I've seen. It offers clear explanations, easy-to-follow steps, and thorough advice about what students and parents need to know from the first stage of the process right up to the very end. It's an excellent explanation of how admissions works, and I wish I had written it myself.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Debbie on April 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was so grateful to have this book as my family went through the admissions process. It's coffee stained and dog-eared now. Having College Admissions around was truly a comfort. The whole family appreciated the step-by-step, non-hysterical approach. We loved the lay-out, the sidebars, the comments from college counselors and admissions officers. It was user-friendly, and we always found the advice excellent, easy to understand, and easy to follow. I especially appreciated some of the myth-busting, and also the outlook that there are some things you can control (like the essay--great chapter!) and that it doesn't help to worry about the things you can't. Sometimes we'd flip through pages, not so much because we needed to find some information, but just to lower the stress level.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Murphy on September 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Some guides to looking for a college seem to want the reader to believe that the process is overwhelming and awful. This book makes the reader feel that both the process and the outcome can be a good experience -- for the student and for the family. The candid advice from Admission Deans at a wide variety of schools is a great feature of this book: these are the conversations parents and students wish they could have throughout the process. Robin Mamlet's savvy insight and Christine VanDevelde's informal and fact-packed writing add up to make this the "must have" guide.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Reid D Saaris on August 16, 2011
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We loved reading this book, and especially seeing the research about the importance of academic rigor and challenging high school coursework in college admissions. This is thoughtful material, presented to be actionable for students and families. There are answers to critically important issues -- like: should students opt for a more challenging class even if they think they will end up with a slightly lower GPA? This question is one that I've seen many of my students struggle with, not knowing that college admissions officers tend to prefer students who stretch for tougher coursework when they have the opportunity. Many times, people make these types of important decisions using intuition or hearsay. Why not go to the experts -- an experienced parent and an experienced admissions officer -- who have packaged major findings and tips together in one place for you to use? For this and other questions, they provide specific answers to help students achieve college goals. Well done!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pogula on March 21, 2013
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As a current high school junior, it's sometimes frustrating and difficult to pull together all this information for colleges. And a lot of guidebooks are written for the middle 50% of the market, so students who want to apply to more selective or liberal arts schools are left out.
And that's why I recommend this book. Unlike other review books, this one gave advice on getting into all types of colleges. It differentiated admission advice for selective colleges (such as Harvard and Duke) vs. other colleges (such as state colleges). That's really helpful to me because I plan on applying to more selective schools and the generic info in guidebooks weren't cutting it for me.
I thoroughly recommend this book because I definitely learned something new about the admission process in every page and it definitely gave me ideas on how to set up my applications. It gives a lot of good advice on how to make your activities and even the smallest hobbies application friendly. It goes into the most important parts of the application process based on the type of schools your applying to, financial aid, college visits, testing, transferring, making decisions once you're accepted, as well as providing charts and checklists to help guide you through the process.
So from a current high school junior who is in the top 5% of her class, I can tell you that this book helps. This is the one guide that literally works for everybody. I plan on referring to it for the rest of the year as I plan my events and applications as well as through senior year as I make my decisions and sit through interviews. I may even leave it for my younger sister to use when her time comes. It's that helpful.
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