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What You Don't Know Can Keep You Out of College: A Top Consultant Explains the 13 Fatal Application Mistakesand Why Character Is the Key to College Admissions Paperback – July 5, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1592403028 ISBN-10: 1592403026

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (July 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592403026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592403028
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dunbar offers sage advice on what to do-or, more specifically, what not to do-during the often daunting college admissions process in order to ensure a more successful (or at least less painful) outcome. Dunbar's first tip for getting through the "marathon" of application is simple: "Pace yourself... commit to one work session per weekend." The steps that follow are equally manageable, designed to guide even the least prepared to the halls of higher learning. All the usual ins and outs are explored: essays, extracurriculars, interviewing and getting waitlisted. More specific advice steers applicants away from dangerous essay topics and explicates the value of social sensitivity, while boxed asides ("First Aid," "Steps to Success," "Revising the Rule") provide spot treatment for mid-interview faux pas and winning strategies for asserting independence and positivity. Though he spends perhaps too much time on interviews-a step not every applicant will have to take-his background in prestigious East Coast prep school admissions makes this a top-notch resource for students applying to small private colleges or Ivy League institutions.
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In this refreshing and informative book, Don Dunbar puts a human face on applying to college. From his decades of experience in the field, Dunbar infuses the application process with a spirit of character and integrity. How just it is that the care and caring in these pages will unfailingly help applicants to achieve success. (Richard Lederer, teacher, author, and public radio broadcaster)

This book concentrates on getting into college the honest way. It's no 'quick fix.' It emphasizes maturity and the ability to see yourself as others might see you. Don doesn't tell students to pretend to be someone they are not-- he advises them to try to evolve into someone they'd like to be. (Ted Sizer, former headmaster of Philips Academy, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and founder of the Coalition of Essential Schools, and Nancy Sizer, teacher at Harvard and public and private schools, including Philips Academy)


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The book is informative, well written, and puts a very personal spin on the admissions process.
Girlscout63
If you are looking to go to a technical college, this book might help a little, but it is very helpful for those seeking admission into top liberal arts colleges.
Frederick S. Goethel
This book does a great job covering, not just application problems, but mistakes to avoid on interviews as well as reference letters and essays.
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Frederick S. Goethel VINE VOICE on August 11, 2007
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I bought this book with the intent of giving to my daughter, who is quickly approaching the age where college applications, essays and interviews fill the air. I decided to read it myself, as I have bought her several books about college that have turned out to be duds. I wanted to make sure she wouldn't waste valuable time reading a book that wouldn't be of any help to her.

I discovered the book is full of advice on how to write essays that many top colleges are seeking and how to avoid pitfalls that are common to applicants. In addition, I also discovered a wealth of information on how to interview and what traps to avoid during that process. The book is well written and the information timely and helpful if you are trying to get into a top school, or if you are a student with poor grades trying to get into an average school. It is written in plain language, and although there is some redundancy, it is a book that can easily be read by college bound high school students.

The one caution is that the book is geared for students who are seeking admission into liberal arts colleges. They are the primary colleges that are looking at essays and using interviews for admission purposes. More technical colleges, as my daughter has discovered, are looking more at course load and grades, and put little emphasis or importance on the essay/interview process. If you are looking to go to a technical college, this book might help a little, but it is very helpful for those seeking admission into top liberal arts colleges.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie Fein on May 29, 2010
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This book isn't about the usual stuff you need to know to make your college application good. It makes you understand how the applicant as a person is viewed by the admissions committees. They already know by lists what you do in terms of grades and extracurricular activities. What admissions committees are most interested in is what kind of person are you; do you have good character; are you a person with real feelings about the outside world rather than just one who is focused on grades and a good resume. This book tells you how to do it right.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Girlscout63 on October 5, 2010
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The author focuses on how character plays into the admission process. Especially in schools where there is competition for limited seats, like top colleges. The book provides ideas on how to impress your interviewer. The book is informative, well written, and puts a very personal spin on the admissions process. I want to point out this is NOT a "how to" type book, if you are looking for a checklist type book ON THE ADMISSION PROCESS, a better choice is COLLEGE COUNTDOWN by VonGruben
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leah C. on September 21, 2010
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This book does a great job covering, not just application problems, but mistakes to avoid on interviews as well as reference letters and essays. If you have your heart set on a specific college, help stack the deck in your favor by reading this book before you apply.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cbeee on January 6, 2013
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Short with a few quick ideas. Buy it used. We glanced at it when filling out apps but didn't depend on it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John L. Tate on September 10, 2009
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Mr Dunbar's book is an invaluable tool in the process of choosing the right college and preparing your prospective student for putting thier best foot forward.My son has recently gone through 3 college interviews and Mr.Dunbar's book could not have been more correct on exactly how the interviews were conducted.This book is a must have for any college search.
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