Acing the College Application

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Acing the College Application

How to Maximize Your Chances for Admission to the College of Your Choice

By Michele A. Hernandez

Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345498922, 262pp.

Publication Date: August 28, 2007

"With so many qualified applicants, competition for college admissions is fiercer than ever. Now you can put yourself ahead of the pack by making your application flawless
"When applying for college, good grades and high standardized test scores are not always enough to guarantee admission. What sets you apart, argues Michele Hernandez, is the way you describe yourself in your application. But how do you present yourself with flair, and highlight all your talents, skills, and passions, in just a few pages?
A former assistant director of admissions at Dartmouth College, Dr. Hernandez takes you step-by-step through the entire application process, revealing the details that make or break an applicant. From the multitude of short and longer essays to the myriad of charts, lists, and personal data sections, she offers essential advice, useful anecdotes, and vivid examples. Included are:
A line-by-line look at the common application
The truth about the essays, with samples of those that made the grade
The best way to ask for teacher and guidance counselor recommendations
When to provide colleges with optional essays and peer evaluations
The ten common myths and misconceptions of the on-campus interview
The most meaningful academic subjects, work experience, and extracurricular activities to mention
Early action versus early decision the trade offs
With this helpful, savvy book, prospective college students and their parents and counselors can now vastly improve their chances of getting into the college of their choice.
Want to scale the Ivy wall? Michele Hernandez gives you the tools to do it. This brisk, no-nonsense book is built on inside dope, and Hernandez's experience allows her to challenge conventional admissions thinking.
Author of "On Writing the College Application Essay

About the Author
Michele A. Hernandez graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1989 and holds a Doctorate of Education. She was Assistant Director of Admissions at Dartmouth from 1992 to 1997. The author of "A Is for Admission" and "The Middle School Years," she runs her own consulting business ( for prospective college applicants. For the past five years, her students have been accepted to top colleges with close to a 100% success acceptance rate."

Praise For Acing the College Application

“Want to scale the Ivy wall? Michele Hernández gives you the tools to do it. This brisk, no-nonsense book is built on inside dope, and Hernández’s experience allows her to challenge conventional admissions thinking.”
Author of On Writing the College Application Essay