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-James S. Miller, Dean of Admissions, Brown University
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Richard R. Soto, Brown '06
To be fair, this book does have a lot to offer, and the breadth of topics it covers is exhaustive. There are informative quotes from admissions officials at various colleges, although their definition of a top college focuses on exclusivity rather than educational opportunity. They have a large number of well-written essays that could give students ideas on how to compose effective essays of their own. Some of their advice on how to approach a teacher for a recommendation is very wise.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not seems like a new one ...
it didn't meet my expectation at all,
but it is an interesting book.
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... Read morePublished on February 23, 2013 by Iuri Colares
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. Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by fifty50
The book combines thorough coverage of all the major elements in college admission, plus important insights on getting into particular schools. Read morePublished on June 7, 2011 by William Ford
What makes this guide really great is that it is comprehensive; it contains pretty much ALL the information a student applying to college would need. Read morePublished on November 26, 2008 by D. Shteyngardt
I found this book to have a lot of information. I loved how they used quotes from 'important' people at colleges. Read morePublished on June 17, 2007 by B. Wilbur
This comprehensive book covers it all from understanding the rankings and deciding where to apply to test taking, positioning yourself, and writing essays (a particularly in-depth... Read morePublished on December 6, 2006 by C3 in TN
As both an educator and parent, I have read most of the college guides on the market written primarily for parents going through the college application and selection process for... Read morePublished on March 6, 2006 by Patrick Faherty