How to get the most out of your campus visits, and get the stress out of your college interviews. Updated to give the pros and cons of college Web sites and "virtual visits," and reformatted with easy-to-use charts and checklists, this quick and handy guide will help you get the right impression during your visit and make the right impression during your interview. It tells you the best times to visit; what to look for while you're there; what questions to expect during your interview; what questions you should ask; and more.
Presents information on enrollment, fields of study, admission requirements, expenses, and student activities at more than two thousand four-year colleges and universities and 1,600 two-year community colleges and trade schools. Original. 80,000 first printing.
True or False: Princeton's Director of Admissions hacked into Yale's secured admissions website to find out who Yale had accepted and rejected. Boston College's average SAT score is up to 1370 and Boston University's average SAT score is up to 1320. Carnegie Mellon offers spots on a priority wait-list to students who send in cash and most of these students get admitted. Well, it's all true. An FBI investigation traced Yale's hacked website back to the computer of Princeton's Director of Admissions, Stephen LeMenager. Boston College's average SAT score is the same as Cornell's and close to Penn's (both Ivies). Carnegie Mellon does have a "priority" wait-list-it costs $400 to be on it and the admissions rate is 95%. Welcome to the circus. Dazed and Confused. Students see the college list published by their high school's guidance department listing every acceptance and rejection from the prior year. Next to each entry is a GPA, a SAT score and the number of AP classes taken. The list is usually ordered from highest to lowest GPA. The first entry: 4.19 (unweighted), 1430 SAT, 7 AP classes, Princeton-rejected, Yale-rejected, Harvard-rejected, Stanford-rejected, Columbia-rejected, Vassar-accepted. Ouch. Scan down the list looking for Yale. Did anyone get into Yale last year? Down at the ninth entry: 3.93, 1450 SAT, 6 AP classes, Brown-accepted, Yale-accepted, Georgetown-accepted. Okay, anyone else? Scan down to the twenty-second entry: 3.88, 1560 SAT, 7 AP classes, Yale-accepted, Duke-accepted, William and Mary-rejected. This doesn't make any sense, thinks the student. Many of the students with the best grades didn't get into any top colleges and still others were rejected at colleges ranked lower than the colleges to which they were accepted. Welcome to the world of college admissions. Ever wondered what a private counselor tells an Upper East Side family for $10,000? The secrets are in College Admissions Trade Secrets. College Admissions Trade Secrets is a straight forward guide to: Top 7 Lies Colleges Tell The Real Scoop Behind Acceptance Rates Things That Really Matter When Comparing Colleges How to Write a Great Essay and Prep for a Great Interview Common Mistakes that Result in Rejection Last Minute Tips for Seniors A Scandalous Examination of Harvard's Course Catalogue, Penn's View Book, and NYU's Faculty How Anyone Can Avoid Being in the Pool of Applicants with the Lowest Acceptance Rate
When the Dean orders two college recruiters to find one more student to fill out next year's class, they find themselves revisiting the dreaded Wait List. Packed with wacky characters from a beat poet to an amateur bodybuilder, a super hero to a wanted criminal, this sequel to 13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview is a comedic ride through the college application process as two recruiters sort through the crazies in hope of finding one sane candidate.
If you are preparing to apply to colleges and universities in the United Statesyou need this book! College is one of the most expensive investment students will make. Therefore, helping students find the right college for them not only makes for happy students, but helps parents feel more confident about the result. College is not only a big decision that students have to make, but it is also the foundation of their future success. Students and parents are discovering that schools that a few years ago were considered second- and even third-tier schools have elevated their standards significantly. With substantially more students applying, and in some cases fewer spots available, for the select colleges across the country, schools are demanding higher grades and have higher test score criteria, which seemingly place college out of reach. The applicant pool changes annually, thus nothing is carved in stone as to which students are accepted and which are not. However, the best chance of getting in to the school of your choice is to display your passion as to where you are headed in life, starting in 9th grade. High school seniors and college transfer students know how difficult it is to get into the top-tier colleges today. Creating a persuasive, eye-catching application requires creativity, foresight, and a marketable presentation as to what you can offer that will attract schools. That is why the process has to start with a resume. The student applying to college today must show schools why they are different from every other student applying. If you showcase your abilities through the development of a talented resume and a strong essay, admissions committees will have no choice but to fall in love with you! Students must figure out how best to present themselves to admissions committees; difficulties arise when students begin feeling anxiety, their parents begin applying real or perceived pressure, and the student crumbles. The Applica-phobia of College Admissions: Why Getting in Starts With Your Resume is a how-to guide for students navigating the Applica-phobia of the application process. Oftentimes students dont know where to start, and the entire experience becomes overwhelming. This book offers a program that assists students by mapping out the plan that will best suit them. The book addresses how to explore your talents, skills, and aspirationsto create a picture of who you are; how to identify the schools that are right for you; how to determine which type of application to submit (early action vs. early decision, binding vs. non-binding); exercises to help determine what you can bring to a college or university that will create interest; ideas for essay topics, a step-by-step guide to writing a college application essay, and sample essays to get your creative juices flowing; techniques you can use in the interview to convince admissions committees you are the right candidate for their schools; how to put your summers and out-of-school time to beneficial use (with internships, jobs and/or community service); and more. Students who fall under The DREAM Act and Student Adjustment Act will have an opportunity to understand this favorable bi-partisan legislation and the benefits it offers them and their communities. This section also includes a listing of various grants, loans, and scholarships for which students can apply. Colleges and universities across America have one goal: to get the best students that fit within their ideals, thoughts, and personality. Your job is to figure out what those components are and how you fit inand this book will help you.
The dot.coms have all gone bust. Corporations are laying off workers by the thousands. The economy is in its worst state in nearly thirty years. Congratulations, you've just graduated from college, what are you going to do next? Finding a job after college has never been easy, but the 21st century has brought with it many new challenges. Thankfully, author Elycia Arendt has penned the first shockingly realistic guide to finding and surviving your first job. Written by a recent college graduate, The College Grad's Guide to Purgatory is filled with every dirty little secret college career centers never wanted students to hear. Arendt dispels the myths fed to college students, such as the importance of their major. The book details where to find a job, how to apply, interviewing tactics, accepting or declining an offer, and finally, how to survive your first job. Candid, irreverent, and timely, The College Grad's Guide to Purgatory is the ultimate guide to post-collegiate life.
This book provides faculty members, students, and research practitioners in the college environment with a handbook of diverse approaches and methods for researching higher education and college students. From interviews, surveys, and focus groups to powerful national databases and new internet resources, this book considers both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, offering the reader a variety of research tools. Each technique is thoroughly presented, and includes ethical considerations, helpful directions for designing research projects, tips for conducting data collection, and analysis and formats for clearly representing findings. Clearly organized and easily accessible, this volume is the essential guide for both the experiences and the novice researcher.
Draws on the counsel of the collegeboard.com Web site to inform high school students on how to organize their college applications efforts in order to stay on top of required tests, forms, letters of recommendation, and interviews, in a resource that provides supplemental coverage of everything from selecting a college to packing for dorm life. Original.
Two award-winning professors, a former admissions officer at a major university (now a counselor at a prestigious high school), and a gifted high school senior (now in the throes of the college admissions process himself) team up to offer you over 600 tips, techniques, and strategies to help you get in to the college of your choice. Comprehensive, yet easy-to-read, this book will teach you: How to size up the colleges you're considering—and come up with a coherent list. What are college nights, college fairs, and college rep visits—and how you can use each to your advantage. What are "holistic", "contextualized", and "legacy" admissions—and how each can work for you. How some schools count "demonstrated interest"—and how you can take advantage of this little-known fact. What are Early Decision, Early Action, and Single-Choice Early Action—and whether any is right for you. How to figure out the true costs of college, and what is the difference between "need-" and "merit-based" aid. What it means when colleges say they meet "100% of demonstrated financial aid" and what "loan-free" means. When and how to make campus visits—and what to do on each. How to prepare for each section of the ACT or SAT—and how to increase your scores. What admissions officers are looking for in your application—and how to give it to them. How to write the all-important Common App essay—and present your extra-curricular activities. How to prepare for an alumni interview—and present yourself in the best light. Whom to ask for letters-of-recommendation—and how to help them write the best possible letter. How to compare your final offers—and, in some cases, substantially improve them. When it's good to wait out the "wait list"—and when not. -and much, much more. When you understand the college admissions process, you can maximize your chance of success. Why not put yourself ahead of the pack?
Do you wonder what you'll be asked on your college interview?Do you wonder what questions you should ask?Do you wonder what you can do to prepare?WONDER NO MORE!This book explains:*Why you're being interviewed*What the interviewer is looking for*How to formulate your personal statements*Interview dos and don'ts You'll learn how to provide great answers to the most-common college interview questions. You'll learn not only what to say, but how to say it; what questions to ask your interviewer; how to behave―before, during and after the interview; and the secrets to presenting yourself in the best possible light. Learn everything you need to know to ace your college interview from someone who has been interviewing college applicants for more than 25 years.
In the tradition of The Gatekeepers, a veteran counselor provides the missing key to the college admissions door with insider wisdom about how admissions committees think, and the thirteen fatal mistakes that can ruin an application. When Don Dunbar was a college counselor for Phillips Academy, Andover, in the 1980s, he got to sit in on the meetings where the nation’s top colleges decided whether to admit his students. Prep school counselors no longer get this kind of astonishing access, but in those meetings, Don discovered a little-known key to college admissions that still holds true today. Many applicants look alike, based on their grades, test scores, and extracurriculars, so colleges want something more: They want applicants with character. Most of us know what character means, but not in the way that admissions officers define it. Admissions officers have tremendous integrity, and to them, character equals what a student will contribute to his or her community, good or bad, over the next four years. Don explains the concept of character in terms that high school students can understand, using examples from his thirty years of working with kids. He shows readers how to avoid the thirteen fatal character mistakes that even the brightest students make when applying to college and democratizes the admissions process, making his advice available to all students.
This book is designed every college students prepare for the job search process. The first section covers how students can take full advantage of their college experience in order to prepare them for life after college. The second section teaches them about the types of interviews they are likely to face, how to conduct a job search (including finding out about available jobs), writing resumes and cover letters, researching companies and positions, questions to answer (behavioral and traditional) and ask, and appropriate interview attire. Section three covers taking part in the face to face interview, including how to make a good first impression, the keys to answering questions, important nonverbal behaviors, and how to finish strong. The final section of the book covers the follow-up process: writing thank you letters, weighing various job offers, accepting, declining and negotiating job offers.
When two college recruiters at a prestigious university need to fill one last spot to keep their jobs, thirteen eccentric, dimwitted and slightly-insane high school seniors are eager to come in for an interview. What seems like a simple task turns into a nightmare when the applicants turn out to be a reality TV star, a practicing vampire, an amateur magician, and others that are much, much worse. Each applicant's interview hilariously illustrates what NOT to do at a college interview.
Essential evidence-based strategies for the prevention and reduction of alcohol abuse among college students With contributions from notable substance abuse researchers, this practical guide presents clear strategies for prevention of and interventions for alcohol abuse in the college-age population. Ranging from community-based prevention programs to individual, motivational, and interview-based approaches, College Student Alcohol Abuse explores: The leading theories used to conceptualize college student drinking and related problems, with an emphasis on the clinical implications of each perspective Epidemiology of student drug use—including illicit drugs and nonmedical use of prescription drugs The spectrum of empirically supported prevention programs with a focus on best practices and materials How to conduct assessments and create intervention programs for students with substance abuse problems A must-have resource for every college administrator, resident staff member, and addiction counselor who works with this unique population, College Student Alcohol Abuse translates the latest research findings and interventions into clear and evidence-based strategies for assessing and treating college students who are abusing alcohol.
Maybe you're interested in Dartmouth but not sure it's the right place for you (is it too snooty, too serious, too hard to get into-i.e., just too Ivy League?) This book can help. We have not just gathered together a bunch of disembodied application essays. Instead, we show in detail the experience of 25 students who successfully applied to Dartmouth and chose to attend it. ¿ We therefore show not just the essays the students wrote, but also:¿ The resumes they used¿ Their interview experiences¿ The recommenders they selected¿ The standardized tests they submitted For you to better understand these students' application efforts, we provide the context for them: the type of high school they attended, the courses they took, their extracurricular and community pursuits, and their academic goals. We also put the spotlight on Dartmouth and what makes it special:¿ Its academic, residential, extracurricular, and social elements¿ Its traditions¿ Its financial aid policies¿ Why the 25 profiled students chose Dartmouth¿ The experiences of these students while attending DartmouthWe believe this book will help students and their families determine: ¿ Whether Dartmouth is the right choice ¿ What it takes to get into Dartmouth¿ How to put together the best possible application
A guide to the nation's colleges publishes extensive surveys--all written by current or past students--from over three hundred educational institutions, covering admission, academics, quality of life, social life, and employment prospects.
Today's economy is tighter and more complex than ever before. With no time or money for mistakes, companies need to find the 'right' person for every position quickly and efficiently. To have reached the interview stage is a feat in itself. Now it's critical that you not only get through the interview but that you dominate the competition. If this is the job you want, there is no room for errors, not when there are hundreds of solid candidates lined up behind you. This book details the many different kinds and styles of interviews, in addition to the steps to take before, during and after the interview for maximum effectiveness. Tough questions will be asked in an interview. You need to answer them and ask a few hard questions of your own. The skills and techniques you will learn here will stay with you throughout your life to be utilized in multiple situations, helping you to enjoy a rewarding career. This is the 3rd book in the Career Essential series, and it covers all the 'essential' information you need to know about interviewing successfully and so much more. Like all the books in this series, the information presented here is concise and clearly laid out in an easily accessible style so it's fast to read and easy to follow. Good luck!
This book is written to be a user-friendly guide to the school counselors office. Like the first tour of the school library, it is meant to show the user how to find information on any subject they need to be successful in the college admissions process. The reader can select the topic(s) of most interest to them as they need them, or they can read the entire book. Most college admissions books are geared for those 5 percent of students interested in the most competitive colleges. This book is focused on the other 95 percent who are looking at an array of colleges.