Real College Essays That Work By Edward Fiske

ISBN 140220230X Your comments and corrections are welcome. Fiske Fiske Guide to Colleges Nailing the New SAT with Bruce G. As if those storm clouds weren’t threatening enough, there is the little matter of finding one college out of about twentytwo hundred four-year schools in the nation. F57 2002 378.1’61’0973–dc21 and colleges–United 2001057590 Revised edition copyright 2004. Box 287 Alstead, NH 03602 Fax: (603) 835-7859 Email: [email protected] Printed and bound in the United States of America DR 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Fiske GT Getting In 5/25/07 PM Page v To our parents Fiske GT Getting In 5/25/07 PM Page vi Also by Edward B. Friends who used to be party animals suddenly begin to hit the books and talk about “getting the grades for college.” Fiske GT Getting In 5/25/07 PM Page 2 Relatives you haven’t seen in years marvel about how much you’ve grown—and then want to know all about your career plans.

He’s still wearing the same flea-bitten Nine Inch Nails T-shirt, but now his nose is buried in a college guide as he scribbles feverishly in a spiral notebook. That is, if you don’t mind the familiar glasses-on-the-endof-the-nose routine and the icy stare that says you’ve just asked the stupidest question of her thirty-four-year career.

Rumblings about “selective colleges” and “the job market” begin to pop up in dinner conversations and guidance office bulletin boards.

Suddenly, you get a sinking feeling that she and all the other kids in the room know exactly what they’re doing. It’s no wonder that beginning college applicants often get the strong urge to run away and hide. Many students have barely gotten comfortable in high school before the college search looms ominously on the horizon.

Hammond Fiske Guide to Colleges New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and UPC GUIDE TO GETTING INTO THE RIGHT COLLEGE 4 Secrets from admissions officers 4 How to choose the right college for you 4 Financial aid information and timelines 4 How to use the Internet to get into college 4 All the latest on early admission THIRD EDITION #1 Guide to Getting In EDWARD B. HAMMOND Fiske GT Getting In 5/25/07 PM Page i FISKE GUIDE TO GETTING INTO THE RIGHT COLLEGE third edition Fiske GT Getting In 5/25/07 PM Page ii Fiske GT Getting In 5/25/07 PM Page iii FISKE GUIDE TO GETTING INTO THE RIGHT COLLEGE third edition EDWARD B. HAMMOND Fiske GT Getting In 5/25/07 PM Page iv Copyright © 2001, 2004, 2007 by Edward B. The scenes in their pages are always the same: eager hordes of racially diverse undergraduates thinking deep thoughts or frolicking in a perpetual spring against a backdrop of white columns and grassy lawns.

Sourcebooks and the colophon are registered trademarks of Sourcebooks, Inc. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems—except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews— without permission in writing from its publisher, Sourcebooks, Inc. From your grandfather, you get the latest updates on colleges and the job market from U. Even your great uncle Pete, whom you barely know, takes you 2 Finding the Right College Fiske GT Getting In 5/25/07 PM Page 3 under his wing and says he has the perfect college for you based on his wonderful experience in the early 1950s.

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