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The Truth About Getting In: A Top College Advisor Tells You Everything You Need to Know Paperback – April 23, 2003
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"For those who are serious about getting into competitive institutions, this book is an essential weapon. It is an investment that pays back many times over."
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With that being said, the actual material is accurate, well written and helpful. The book is well organized and neatly laid out. The essay examples are well chosen and the checklists useful, even though they are all available in other books. There are some obvious weaknesses - Cohen is used to NYC kids, so she barely mentions the IB (International Baccalaureate) program and how the those tests are scored, a big omission considering the rapid growth of the IB program (the US is the fastest growing country for new IB schools). It's hard to get past Cohens' inflated ego which permeates much of the book.Read more ›
The book is padded with ridiculous lists, charts and blank spaces. Does this make it worth the cover price? The parts of the book where she gives advice are not just silly, they are dangerously wrong. No one should take this seriously.
The funniest thing is that the author never actually worked in an admissions office. She was one of the first readers for Yale, and as such had no access to the ways decisions were actually made. She trumpets proudly that she's an alumni interviewer for Brown. (She complains that students come for interviews and don't ask her about herself.) Anyone who has worked in admissions knows how much that counts for (zip). Oh please.
Kids applying to college can find all of this information for free on the web. Save the money and buy some real books.
This is an excellent book on the subject. The author has a rich and diverse background on the topic, and it shows. She approaches the subject from many different angles. There are a lot of good books on college admissions. They typically cover all the basics well, including the quantitative factors (GPAs, tests) and the qualitative ones (extra curricular activities, essays, letters of recommendations, interviews).
But, with this book the author went the extra mile on every aspects. For instance, on GPAs, she gives you so many interesting insights that you realize there are many qualitative dimensions to the GPA itself. A 4.0 is not always equal to another 4.0. Sometimes a 3.5 makes for a stronger candidate than a 4.0. It depends on the difficulty of the classes the student has taken. It also depends from what high school the student graduated. The trends in grade is also really important. And, class rank can also play a material role.
She also explains all the different admission channels such as Early Action, Early Decision, and Rolling Admission (I had never read of this last one in any other books). She goes on explaining clearly when to use these specific entry channels and when not to.Read more ›
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Be aware the information and certain tricks contained in this book is OUTDATED! I really suggest readers look else where. Read morePublished 17 months ago by AsTheFashion
Some of the advice is a little dated which is why I gave it 4 stars. Otherwise, its a well written, comprehensive guide for being admitted into university. Read morePublished on December 6, 2011 by James
Book recommended by a high school teacher. Lots of useful info. Good choice.Published on September 13, 2010 by Penny Frame
This was the first book I read on admission to the Ivys, and I initially thought it was great. Since then I have read "A is for Admission" and "The Gatekeepers". Read morePublished on January 24, 2009 by chuckb
This book has some good advice for students (and parents) who are starting early in the process (like 9th or 10th grade). Read morePublished on July 17, 2007 by Casey
If you already know the names of all the ivy league schools, and are simply debating which ones to apply to, this book is for you. Read morePublished on July 2, 2007 by Jupiter Reader
Cohen provides a sobering overview of the college admission process with respect to the top tier one schools. Read morePublished on February 15, 2007 by Scottie
Nothing in this book directed itself to anything but one issue -- can you organize yourself AND make yourself the "ideal applicant" for the process of getting into a "choice"... Read morePublished on February 28, 2006 by Miami Bob
This is a letter I wrote to Katherine Cohen, author of this book as well as Rock Hard Apps, another book I highly recommend. Read morePublished on June 23, 2005 by A Prospective College Student