Getting in Without Freaking Out and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $13.95
  • Save: $3.65 (26%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 15 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Like New | Details
Sold by Devan's Place
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Shrink-wrapped for product protection.
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Getting in Without Freaking Out: The Official College Admissions Guide for Overwhelmed Parents Paperback – February 7, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1400098415 ISBN-10: 1400098416

Buy New
Price: $10.30
28 New from $5.94 47 Used from $0.01 1 Collectible from $29.50
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$10.30
$5.94 $0.01
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Frequently Bought Together

Getting in Without Freaking Out: The Official College Admissions Guide for Overwhelmed Parents + Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges + Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College
Price for all three: $34.92

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Hero Quick Promo
12 Days of Kindle Book Deals
Load your library with Amazon's editors' picks, $2.99 or less each today only. Learn more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400098416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400098415
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

College consultant Matthews offers a helpful and humorous look at the process of college admission from the parents' perspective. Her 101 truths cover the gamut from researching colleges, to SAT test preparation, to touring colleges, to sending the freshman off to college. Preceeding from her experience as consultant and former instructor with an SAT prep service, Matthews offers sound advice on writing the personal essay, completing applications, and finding financial aid. She strongly recommends that parents--and their children--maintain realistic expectations throughout the process and develop a long view. Too many parents live vicariously through their children's college lives, wanting admission to prestigious schools for bragging rights. Too many students are too cavalier or too overwrought about the admissions process. Among the truths she espouses: trophy schools are like trophy wives, SAT scores are no predictors of success in college or life, the entire college admission process will be filled with as much tension as the parents and students allow. Parents will appreciate the humor and candor of this helpful resource. Vanessa Bush
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Review

"It is college anxiety season…a new book has come to the rescue. I like [the author’s] sense of humor and low key approach to the torturous admissions rites."—Jay Mathews, Washington Post.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
5 star
14
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
2
1 star
1
See all 17 customer reviews
Arlene Matthews has written an invaluable book.
Susan H. Polos
This book will save you and your parents lots of time worrying about stupid things and tell you what you can really do to get into a school that's right for you.
Samantha Ling
This should be required reading for all parents who have children applying to colleges.
KathyGraceJay

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By KathyGraceJay on November 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am so thankful to Ms. Matthews for writing this book. This should be required reading for all parents who have children applying to colleges. I have read a number of books on appyling to colleges, many with good advice, but this is the one I would choose if I only had time to read just one book on the subject. The book was well-written with excellent advice. There was also a healthy dose of humor and entertainment, and don't we stressed out parents need more of that to lighten up with? It is broken down in such a way that it was easy to pick up and read for as much time as I had, put it down, and pick right back up later. It helped me to prioritize and remember what is truly important and necessary. Thank you, Ms. Matthews. You certainly made this process less stressful, and my relationship with my son is most likely much better than it would have been had I not read your book. My son narrowed his search down to just 3 schools thanks to your advice, the apps are in, and now we are practicing secret #37: breathe! I would recommend this book over any other "getting into college" book out there.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Reader Mom on June 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book breaks away from the pack by combining practical, hype-free admissions advice with a refreshing dose of reality therapy. In addition to soup-to-nuts application guidance, the book offers parents advice for preventing the college admissions process from straining our relationship with our kids (I strongly suggest reading this book with your college-bound daughter or son). The author wisely cites studies showing that a good parent-child relationship is a far greater predictor of academic and life success than SAT scores or selective college acceptance! Thank you -- I needed that.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Father Knows Best on May 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am the father of a high school junior. This book was recommended by my son's guidance counselor. She told my wife and I that she wished she had written it, because it had great advice and a way of taking the terrifying edge off the college admissions process. This book makes you -- and your kids -- remember what is really important, and helps them express who they really are in their applications, without the kind of hype that all the admissions officers have been on to for years. It is not only wise but refreshingly funny. a must-have for any family with a college-bound kid.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Ling on March 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book will save you and your parents lots of time worrying about stupid things and tell you what you can really do to get into a school that's right for you. Be sure to read the sections on essays and SATs, and read the advice about focusing on fewer schools. You will feel much better after you read this book, believe me. You will know what is worth spending your time on as opposed to what part of the admissions process is just hype.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maya P. Smart on July 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
Written for overwhelmed parents, "Getting In Without Freaking Out" offers a humorous and refreshing take on the college admissions process. The book is divided into 101 witty vignettes on various admissions topics ranging from "Relax: It's Only College" and "The SAT Could Actually Be Worse" to "Silence is Golden, Sometimes Platinum" and "Senioritis Happens."

Author Arlene Matthews' varied experiences as a psychotherapist, college admissions advisor and mother of a teenaged son come through in her descriptions of the mental processes and emotions that underpin parents' anxiety-ridden and overbearing behavior during college application season. Additionally, Matthews is well versed in the academic research on the lingering effects the college admissions process has on students long after they enroll.

"Getting in Without Freaking Out" does not offer an exhaustive account of the ins and outs of the college admissions process--and perhaps no parent really needs one. Instead it gives parents the perspective they need to support their children in making healthy and informed college decisions. It also provides plenty of laughs along the way.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan H. Polos on March 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
Arlene Matthews has written an invaluable book. Just flip to the end and read her "ultimate acceptance letter." It's the letter any kid would treasure. It's not from a "top tier" school; it's from parents. We think we want the best for our children but we get so off track during high school, keeping our eye on the "prize." It's way too easy to fall prey to the idea that children need to be shaped into desirable candidates, made marketable for colleges. This book helped our family reevaluate our priorities. It provided perspective and wisdom. Thank you, Arlene Matthews!!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ellie Freedman on March 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
A friend of mine gave me this book, and I thought it was going to be another one of those "how to work the system, pump up the application" tomes. I was pleasantly surprised -- relieved! -- to find that this was a totally different kind of book. This author knows how to put college in perspective. She is wise, right on target,and funny as all get-out. I don't know why, but I started reading from back to front, with the "Ultimate Acceptance l;etter" from parent to child. By the time I got to the first essay, 'Relax, It's Only College" I had exclaimed out loud so many times that my high school daughter insisted on reading the book too. She LOVED it! We are spreading the word to everyone in our situation. Bogus books about beating the system just beat us down. Parents, kids; This is the one you need!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews