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The Truth about College Admission

A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together

Brennan Barnard and Rick Clark

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A high school counselor and a college admission director help families on the path to a positive college search and admission experience.

Is your family just starting to think about visiting colleges? Maybe you are in the throes of the experience, feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. Did we miss a deadline? Should we be looking in-state or out-of-state, big school or small school? And what is a "FAFSA" anyway?

The Truth about College Admission is the easy-to-follow, comprehensive, go-to guide for families. The expert authors—with inside knowledge from both the high school and university sides…

A high school counselor and a college admission director help families on the path to a positive college search and admission experience.

Is your family just starting to think about visiting colleges? Maybe you are in the throes of the experience, feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. Did we miss a deadline? Should we be looking in-state or out-of-state, big school or small school? And what is a "FAFSA" anyway?

The Truth about College Admission is the easy-to-follow, comprehensive, go-to guide for families. The expert authors—with inside knowledge from both the high school and university sides of the experience—provide critical advice, thoughtful strategies, helpful direction, and invaluable reassurance during the long and often bewildering college admission journey. From searching for colleges and creating a list of favorites to crafting an application, learning what schools are looking for academically and outside the classroom, and getting insight into how colleges decide who to accept, this book covers every important step. Helpful sections like "Try This," "Talk about This," and "Check In" show your family how to have open and balanced conversations to keep everyone on the same page, feeling less stressed, and actually enjoying the adventure together.

The Truth about College Admission is the practical and inspiring guidebook your family needs, an essential companion along the path to college acceptance.

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Helpful, candid, and pragmatic.

THE admission guidebook for families that will take them through the entire college admissions process.

We absolutely love this new release by Brennan Barnard and Rick Clark... Without question, this book can help get students and parents in the right mindset to launch into the college process.

This book provides a comprehensive, practical guide for families, with insights from both the high school and university sides of the experience.

This excellent text covers important topics including the idea of starting one's college search by asking the simple but critical big-picture question: 'Why am I going to college?'....This book can help get students and parents in the right mindset to launch into the college process.

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Available
Trim Size
7
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10
Pages
240
ISBN
9781421436371
Illustration Description
1 b&w photo, 2 b&w illus., 2 charts
Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: How to Use This Book
Part I
Chapter 1. Why Are You Going to College?
Chapter 2. Remapping the Admission Landscape
Chapter 3. Wedges of College Admission
Part II
Chapter 4. Creating a

Preface
Introduction: How to Use This Book
Part I
Chapter 1. Why Are You Going to College?
Chapter 2. Remapping the Admission Landscape
Chapter 3. Wedges of College Admission
Part II
Chapter 4. Creating a College List
Chapter 5. The College Visit
Part III
Chapter 6. Admission Factors I: What Are Colleges Looking for Academically?
Chapter 7. Admission Factors II: What Are Colleges Looking for Outside the Classroom?
Chapter 8. Admission Decisions
Part IV
Chapter 9. Making Your College Choice
Chapter 10. Closing Letters
Acknowledgments
Suggested Further Reading
Web Resources
Glossary
References
Index

Author Bios
Brennan Barnard
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Brennan Barnard

Brennan Barnard is the director of college counseling for Khan Lab School and for the College Guidance Network. He also serves as the college admission program advisor for the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Making Caring Common project.
Rick Clark
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Rick Clark

Rick Clark is the assistant vice provost and executive director of undergraduate admission at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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