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The Truth About Getting In: A Top College Advisor Tells You Everything You Need to Know Hardcover – April 3, 2002
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Gr. 9-12. A popular, independent college counselor from New York effectively presents her expertise in a book for individuals and families wading through the college admissions game. Chapters cover a wide variety of topics--from gathering information about colleges and preparing for admissions tests to writing an effective essay and securing financial aid. Each chapter begins with myths and facts and ends with Cohen's personal tips for success. In between are charts to help organize paperwork, questions to help sort out thoughts about what's to be gained from the college experience, and samples from an application package. Cohen's approach is pleasant and positive as she provides specifics and teaches the college-bound how to embrace the application process as part of a self-defining time of life. Kathy Broderick
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"A great, easy-to-read, step-by-step guide to finding your way through the college admissions maze." -- Edward Hu, Dean of Juniors and Seniors and College Counseling at Harvard-Westlake School and former Associate Director of Admissions at Brown University
"Among the best books of its kind out there today." -- CollegeConfidential.com
"For those who are serious about getting into competitive institutions, this book is an essential weapon." -- Boykin Curry, creator of Essays That Worked, the best-selling college application essay guide
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There are two reasons I give The Truth About Getting In 3 stars and not 4 or 5.
The first is that Cohen appears to have a condescending attitude about not only public high schools but also public colleges and universities. It appears that she thinks Ivy League and other highly selective schools are the only ones that actually require some effort and planning to get into, and this simply isn't true. There are lots of public high schools and public universities with very strong academic reputations. And the top public universities (UC-Berkeley, UVA, Texas, Michigan, UNC, etc.) can often be just as difficult to get into as the Stanfords and Browns of the world, due in part to the sheer volume of applications these schools receive. But Cohen makes little attempt to discuss the intricacies of admission into these schools. She just assumes that if it's good enough for the Ivy League, it's good enough for anyone.
The second reason I did not rate the book higher is because of the constant references to how smart and accomplished Cohen is. Early in the book, she brags about having never received even a B on a test until an AP Physics class. Then, she makes it a point to say that she ended up getting a 4 on the AP Physics exam and that it meant more to her than all the 5s she got on her other AP exams because she had to work harder for it. And this is just one of many examples of her self-serving "advice."
Bottom line, there are other books out there that offer the same information (Michelle Hernandez's A is for Admission is a good one) without all of the attitude.