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Get into Any College : The Insider's Guide to Getting into a Top College

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Based on the real-life experiences of students who were admitted to the United States' most prestigious universities, this guide provides proven strategies to get into and pay for any college. Detailing what high school students--from freshmen to seniors--can do to prepare, this updated edition addresses recent changes in admissions and financial aid processes and the increasingly popular early-admissions option. Examples of applications, interviews, and 25 actual college-admission essays complement information on how parents can help without hurting, what it takes to ace the SAT and ACT, and where students can find free cash for tuition. Stories of students' successes and failures reveal how the college-admissions and financial-aid processes really work, while giving a personal face to what is often seen as an impersonal experience. A section for special groups includes admission considerations for athletes, transfer and international students, students with disabilities, and home-schooled students.
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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 153 x 229 x 22.86mm | 312g
  • Los Altos, CA, United States
  • English
  • Eleventh Edition
  • 1617601373
  • 9781617601378
  • 2,108,976

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FACT: Harvard rejects half of its applicants who have perfect SAT scores.
FACT: Stanford rejects half of its applicants who have perfect 4.0 GPAs.
LESSON: You don't need to be perfect to get into a great college. Getting into college has always been about showcasing your strengths while minimizing your weaknesses. Get Into Any College presents an easy to follow, step-by-step strategy to marketing yourself to any college. Written by admission experts Gen and Kelly Tanabe and combining the experience and insights from graduates of America's top colleges, this book will help you: Write an irresistible admission essay by describing your life in less words than are on the back of a cereal box. Plus, be inspired by 25 real essays that worked and a few that didn't.
Create a compelling college application by including the "right" information that will knock the admission officers out of their chairs and beg you to accept their offer.
Ace the SAT and ACT tests by discovering the truth about how these tests are used and what strategies will actually increase your scores.
Master the college interview by getting a sneak peek at the actual interview questions.
Bonus chapters just for parents on how to help prepare your 9th-12th grader for college and gain a competitive edge by starting early.
Get Into Any College has helped thousands of students get into the colleges of their dreams!
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Table of contents

1. What Selective Colleges Really Want from Applicants
2. How to Pick the Perfect College for You
3. Create a Compelling Admission Application
4. How to Guarantee Excellent Evaluations
5. How to Write an Irresistible Essay
6. Recycle Your Essays When Applying to Many Colleges
7. Example Essays: The Good, Bad and Ugly
8. The Secrets to Crushing the Interview
9. Critical Final Steps before Submitting the Application
10. How to Ace the SAT and ACT
11. How to Win Free Cash for College
12. Admissions for Special Groups: Athletes, Transfer Students, International Students, Adult Students, Students With Disabilities and Home-schooled Students
13. Get Started Before Your Senior Year: For Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors
14. Get Your Child Ready for College: A Parents' Guide to Helping Without Hurting
15. Decide Which College to Enter
Appendix A: Resources
Appendix B: College Search Worksheet
Appendix C: Evaluation/Recommendation Worksheet
Appendix D: College Cost of Attendance Worksheet
Appendix E: Financial Aid Worksheet
Index
About the Authors
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"What's even better than all the top-notch tips is that the book is written in a cool, conversational way and even offers anecdotal bits in their Stories From Real Life section." College Bound Magazine

"This fast read, written by Harvard graduates, contains advice and one chapter devoted to helping parents without being heavy-handed." Town & Country Magazine

"They wrote the book after recognizing high school students' need for concrete advice on how to beat the admissions game." San Jose Mercury News

"The chapters on essay writing with examples are excellent for students who never know how to begin. Examples of essays, both strong and weak, go a long way to help students who are stuck." Lynda McGee, College Counselor, Downtown Magnets High School
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About Gen Tanabe

Gen Tanabe and Kelly Tanabe are the authors of 14 books including The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges, The Ultimate Scholarship Book, and How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay. They tour the country as speakers on college planning and live in Belmont, California.
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