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Getting in Without Freaking Out

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Getting in Without Freaking Out

The Official College Admissions Guide for Overwhelmed Parents

By Arlene Matthews, Ma

Three Rivers Press (CA), Paperback, 9781400098415, 253pp.

Publication Date: February 7, 2006

Is College Planning Driving You Crazy?
Somehow, watching as your children decide which schools to apply to is as stressful for you as it is for them. If you ve found yourself contemplating essay forgery, scheduling five college tours for a single holiday weekend, and obsessively checking the "U.S. News and World Report" rankings, you may be on the verge of freaking out. But as a parent, it's important to (try to) remain calm and help keep everything in perspective.
Written specifically for parents and their college-bound teens, "Getting In Without Freaking Out" is an insider's guide to the application process by professional college coach Arlene Matthews. Years of experience have taught her the secrets of playing the admissions game without all the anxiety. Now, Arlene shares what admissions officers won t tell you that getting into a great college isn t as hard as it seems You ll learn . . .
How to get into a top college without ever taking the SATs
Why a little procrastination never hurt anyone
Why applying to fewer schools increases the chances of acceptance
What really matters when your child goes off to college and beyond
As entertaining as it is practical and realistic, "Getting In Without Freaking Out" is the only guide of its kind one that helps you get through the getting-in process with grace, good humor, and knowledge that will enhance your student's chance of success.

About the Author
Arlene Matthews is the author of seven books on parenting and psychology and founder of Your College Coach (, an admissions advising service. She is the mother of a teenage son who will, all too soon, be college-bound.

Praise For Getting in Without Freaking Out

"It is college anxiety season…a new book has come to the rescue. I like [the author’s] sense of humor and low key approach to the torturous admissions rites."—Jay Mathews, Washington Post.