8 First Choices

An Expert's Strategies for Getting into College

By Joyce Slayton Mitchell
(Supercollege, Llc, Paperback, 9781932662399, 192pp.)

Publication Date: September 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Written within an educational framework, this handbook offers general guidance to help students do a self-assessment and select the top eight colleges that are the strongest fit for them. Establishing readers as anthropologists, students will learn to observe 20 campus cultures, assess each one, and research their options in American higher education. Additionally, it offers several basic assumptions that are contrary to common knowledge about getting into college. Written by a college counselor with decades of experience, this guide offers insight into the college admissions process and allows students to hone in on the schools that are right for them.

About the Author

Joyce Mitchell writes for college advice columns in both the Hardwick Gazette (Vermont) and the teen edition of the China Daily. She has served as the director of college advising at schools in New Jersey and New York City, an editorial advisory board member for the College Board’s Review, and a school committee member of U. S. News & World Report’s special college issues. She is the author of College to Career: The Guide to Career Planning and Winning the Heart of the College Admissions Dean. She lives in New York City.

Praise For 8 First Choices

“Mitchell’s wisdom makes her a legend in college admissions, particularly because she cares so deeply about the right ‘match’ for every student. Mitchell offers many great insights into the complexity of the college admissions process and what should be the overriding concerns of the vital issue of the match between the student and the college.”  —William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions, Harvard University

“Trust Joyce Slayton Mitchell. Her advice gives everyone—students, their parents, and their counselors—the ‘can do’ confidence to get through college admissions without meltdown.”  —Sheppard Shanley, senior associate director of admissions, Northwestern University

“This is one of the finest publications about college admissions that has come out in some time. The author was able to apply her extensive knowledge of the real issues that create anxiety among students and parents and artfully provide an effective road map to help students navigate their way though the college admission process.”  —Ted Spencer, director of admissions, University of Michigan

“For many years Joyce Slayton Mitchell has given outstanding advice to families seeking guidance through the college admissions maze. And we in the admissions profession have enjoyed her valuable insights, sharp opinions, and clear writing as she has examined the college selection process.”  —Christoph Guttentag, dean of admissions, Duke University

“A thoughtful and well-done book. Joyce Slayton Mitchell knows of what she speaks.”  —Karl M. Furtenberg, former dean of admissions, Dartmouth

“During my twenty-one years at Emory, I have benefited greatly from Joyce Slayton Mitchell’s wise, accurate, and compassionate view of college admissions. Listen to what she says; she gets it right and she knows what’s most important in all of this: the students!”  —Scott L. Allen, Associate Dean, Director of International Recruitment, Emory

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