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Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College Paperback – 30 June 2017

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From the Back Cover

"Wise, practical, sane, comprehensive, and calming, Admission Matters is the gold standard for books on the college admission process."
--William Shain, former dean of admission at Vanderbilt University, Macalester College, and Bowdoin College

  • Choosing the Right College
  • How Colleges Decide
  • Writing Great Applications
  • Preparing for the SAT/ACT
  • Getting Financial Aid


The fourth edition of Admission Matters offers students and parents a comprehensive, practical, and supportive guide through the college admissions process. From building a college list, to understanding standardized tests, to obtaining financial aid, to crafting a great application--and much more--this thoroughly revised and updated new edition guides readers every step of the way with clear, sensible advice and practical tips.

Applying to college can be competitive and complex. Admission Matters offers real-world expert help for all students, whether they are aiming for an Ivy or the state school close to home. With the latest information available, this book will help students make a perfect match with the right college for them.


"Admission Matters is not just comprehensive, it's a paper version of a great college counselor."
--Maria Furtado, executive director, Colleges That Change Lives

"A widely trusted guide, realistic and comprehensive. Every student who's about to embark on the college search will find something valuable to think about here, as well as high-impact advice about what to do."
--Jeffrey Brenzel, former dean of undergraduate admissions, Yale University

"This book is a gift to parents and students embarking on the college search adventure."
--Monica Inzer, dean of admission and financial aid, Hamilton College

About the Author

Sally P. Springer, PhD, is associate chancellor emerita at the University of California, Davis, and a psychologist with more than 30 years of experience in higher education as a professor and administrator. She has taken the college admissions journey twice with her children. Jon Reider, PhD, is director of college counseling at San Francisco University High School, an independent 9 12 high school. For 15 years he served as an admissions officer and taught humanities at Stanford University. Joyce Vining Morgan, PhD, is a certified educational planner specializing in college admissions with an online individualized practice. She has over 20 years of experience in college admissions counseling.
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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 111932839X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1119328391
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