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The Truth about College Admission

A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together

Brennan Barnard and Rick Clark

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Updated and completely revised, the ultimate family guide to managing a college search in a positive way.

Is your family just starting to think about visiting colleges? Maybe you are in the throes of the college search, feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. Miss a deadline? Should you be looking in-state or out-of-state, big school or small? How do you pay for it, and what is a "FAFSA" anyway?

The Truth about College Admission is the easy-to-follow, comprehensive, go-to guide for families. Brennan Barnard and Rick Clark—with combined decades of experience and insight from both the high school...

Updated and completely revised, the ultimate family guide to managing a college search in a positive way.

Is your family just starting to think about visiting colleges? Maybe you are in the throes of the college search, feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. Miss a deadline? Should you be looking in-state or out-of-state, big school or small? How do you pay for it, and what is a "FAFSA" anyway?

The Truth about College Admission is the easy-to-follow, comprehensive, go-to guide for families. Brennan Barnard and Rick Clark—with combined decades of experience and insight from both the high school and university sides of the process—provide critical advice, thoughtful strategies, helpful direction, and invaluable reassurance during the long and often bewildering college admission journey. This book covers every important step: searching for colleges, creating a list of prospective schools, weighing financial considerations, crafting an application, learning what schools are looking for academically and outside the classroom, and understanding how colleges decide whom to accept. Helpful sections like "Try This," "Talk About This," and "Check In," and "Extra Credit" show your family how to have open and balanced conversations to keep everyone on the same page, feeling less stressed, and actually enjoying the adventure together.

This completely revised second edition includes new information on affordability and aid that addresses important financial considerations. It also explores changes in standardized testing and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Truth about College Admission is the practical and inspiring guidebook your family needs, an essential companion on the path toward acceptance to college.

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THE admission guidebook for families that will take them through the entire college admissions process.

At last, a book about the college admission process that doesn't promise secret tips for admission (hint—there are none!) but instead provides advice from two respected and experienced professionals. If families are looking for how to manage the college admission process in an ethical, thoughtful, student-centered way, this book provides an important road map written in a way that even the most reluctant student will find engaging.

Honest, insightful, and practical. Barnard and Clark give straightforward guidance to families working to make sense of an ever-changing higher education landscape. Their experiences and reflections provide organization to a process that can feel, at times, overwhelming.

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10
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288
ISBN
9781421447483
Illustration Description
1 b&w photo, 9 b&w illus.
Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: How to Use This Book
Part I
Chapter 1. Why Are You Going to College?
Chapter 2. Remapping the Admission Landscape
Chapter 3. Wedges of College Admission
Part II
Chapter 4. Paying for

Preface
Introduction: How to Use This Book
Part I
Chapter 1. Why Are You Going to College?
Chapter 2. Remapping the Admission Landscape
Chapter 3. Wedges of College Admission
Part II
Chapter 4. Paying for College
Chapter 5. Creating a College List
Chapter 6. The College Visit
Part III
Chapter 7. Admission Plans, Deadlines, and Application Review
Chapter 8. Classes, Grades, and Testing
Chapter 9. Essays and Short Answers
Chapter 10. Activities, Interviews, and Recommendations
Part IV
Chapter 11. Admission Decisions
Chapter 12. Making Your College Choice
Chapter 13. Closing Letters
Acknowledgments
Suggested Further Reading
Web Resources
Glossary
References
Index

Author Bios
Brennan Barnard
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Brennan Barnard

Brennan Barnard is the director of college counseling for Khan Lab School and for the College Guidance Network. He also serves as the college admission program advisor for the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Making Caring Common project.
Rick Clark
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Rick Clark

Rick Clark is the assistant vice provost and executive director of undergraduate admission at the Georgia Institute of Technology.