Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Book Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting into Top Colleges by Marna Atkin

ISBN: 1592578977
Published: June 2nd, 2009
Publisher: Alpha
Read from November 14th, 2011 to January 7th, 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Cruise your way to the Ivy League!

It's no secret that it's harder to get into college these days. Ivy League and other selective schools have record numbers of applicants, making the competition even steeper. This must-have guide carefully explores the to-do's to gain admission to a top tier school. Students and parents will learn about choosing the right school, what college admissions officers really consider when making their decisions, early decision versus early action, and what being on the waitlist means.
*Provides sample essays, recommendation forms, resources and websites
*Includes advice from guidance counselors and admission officers of top Colleges
*Between now and 2015, there will be more than 3 million high school graduates each year

I think this is a great book for anyone who's planning to attend college.  The books is geared towards students wanting to go to the top schools, such as Harvard, MIT, etc., but it has great information for anyone applying to any college.  I'm not applying to any of the schools mentioned in the book, but I still found lots of great information in here.

The book also points out that you need to start thinking about college as early as middle school, especially if you want to go to a top school.  Believe me, I wasn't thinking about college much in eighth grade, but I kind of wish I had been seriously thinking about it.  I don't think it's ever to early to start reading books like this and start putting thought into what you're going to do after high school.

This is a great book for anyone planning to attend college in the future, whether you want to go to a top school or not.

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