How to Prepare a Standout College Application (Paperback)

Expert Advice That Takes You from Lmo* (*like Many Others) to Admit

By Alison Cooper Chisolm, Anna Ivey

Jossey-Bass, 9781118414408, 352pp.

Publication Date: August 26, 2013

List Price: 16.95*
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Demystifying the process of completing a college application

Written by two former admissions officers at top universities and current admissions coaches, this book is a must-have for preparing a winning college application. The authors reveal the mystery behind what college admissions officers are looking for and show applicants how to leverage their credentials, stand out in the over-crowded applicants' pool, and make a genuine, memorable impression. This is the book that will help the college-bound get off the "like many others" pile and onto the acceptance list.

  • Includes instructions and examples for every component of the college application, from writing the essay to answering questions like "Why do you want to go to College X?"
  • Shows how to avoid underestimating the importance of critical features on any application
  • Includes the latest information on the Common Application 4.0 and corrects outdated, holdover advice still stressed in many other books

This book is filled with step-by-step advice that students and parents can use immediately and will refer to again and again.

About the Author

Alison Cooper Chisolm and Anna Ivey work together at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Ivey College Consulting, an admissions coaching firm that helps applicants around the world get into top U.S. colleges.