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How to Get Into the Top Colleges, 3rd ed Paperback – August 4, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0735204423 ISBN-10: 073520442X Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Series: How to Get Into the Top Colleges
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Press; 3 edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073520442X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735204423
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I recommend this book very highly...must-reading for those who want to understand fully their options and increase their chances of admissions."
-James S. Miller, Dean of Admissions, Brown University

About the Author

Richard Montauk is the founder and president of Degree of Difference, which helps thousands of applicants get into the world's top colleges. In addition to having been a corporate lawyer and corporate strategy consultant, he is author of several bestselling admissions guides.

Krista Klein, currently on the staff of Degree of Difference, is co-director of counseling for Lick-Wilmerding High School and was formerly director of College Counseling at Stuart Hall High School, both in San Francisco. She received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Richard Montauk, author of How to Get into the Top Law Schools and How
to Get into the Top Colleges, is the founder and president of Degree of Difference, a firm specializing in the admissions process for leading professional institutions. He divides his time between Boston and London.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Houston TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 6, 2013
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Every college counselor should study this massive 600 page guide to college admissions. It is more detailed than most parents or students want or need. Montauk can take 50 pages to say "revise and proof your essay".

The book is focused on 200 highly selective colleges that want only students whose grades and test scores put them in the top 10% of high school graduates. The advice is most useful for 8th and 9th grade students who need to select a high school program that will yield six, eight or ten AP classes, including calculus, chemistry, physics, and biology, and four years of a foreign language. For some 8th graders, such a program will require finding a different high school.

Montauk gives more attention to Early Decision Admissions than other "experts". He correctly points out that binding Early Decision or non-binding single choice Early Action can double or triple the odds of being admitted to some colleges while providing zero benefit at some other colleges.

So, Montauk's book can not replace the need to research each college carefully. This year, applying Early Decision doubled the odds of admission to Cornell, tripled the odds of acceptance at Duke and had ZERO advantage for applicants to Stanford.

Parents and students would benefit more from Loren Pope's books "Beyond The Ivy League" and "Colleges That Change Lives". Pope shows that success in college is based on finding a good fit for a student's goals, interests and abilities. There are hundreds of good colleges that can provide a great education and open the door for successful careers.

Montauk focuses on how to be admitted to an elite college. He fails to recognize the reality that 90% of high school graduates will attend non-elite colleges and that it is a more productive process to find the RIGHT college than fight for a spot in the most elite college.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fifty50 on January 23, 2013
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I recommend reading this book prior to your son or daughter entering ninth grade and once again in the middle of your child's high school career. This way you'll be able to tell your child upfront what he or she needs to do to gain admission to schools with a variety of selectivities. Although I can understand that this book is required reading for anyone aiming for a top college, it is also helpful reading for anyone aiming for any college.

I read a lot about college admissions and I thought the author was right on probably 99% of the time. The author has spent years consulting with students on admission to top schools, so where we differed could be because I'm wrong.

Toward the very end there are some more specific sections that can be skipped if desired by the typical applicant. One trick mentioned was to apply to British law school because those programs are done at the undergraduate level and the degree is accepted in the U.S. with very little additional coursework. The typical graduate would then take the bar exam at 22. The cost savings is probably upwards of $300,000. Since I can't afford to pay for seven years of U.S.college, I found this tip especially useful. Each reader will likely find enough good tips in the book to make purchasing and reading this book worthwhile.

This book was easy to get through and it wasn't boring.
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The book combines thorough coverage of all the major elements in college admission, plus important insights on getting into particular schools. A "must read" for students who - like the title says - want to gain admission to top schools.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iuri Colares on February 23, 2013
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I gave five stars because this book taught me with excellence each and every step from college selection to common application, from short answers to essay, and from recommendations to interview. Actually, I used this book to support my daughter on her journey through boarding school admissions. It has a chapter on strategically positioning your application, including special cases such as international students, which was specially important for her "fit and stand out" positioning.
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