What Colleges Don't Tell You (And Other Parents Don't Want You to Know): 272 Secrets for Getting Your Kid into the Top Schools
A sought-after packager of high school students shares 272 secrets to help parents get their kids into the top schools
Targeting the savvy parents of today?s college-bound teenagers who seek to gain a proven edge in the college admissions process, this book reveals 272 little-known secrets to help parents get their kids into the school of their dreams.
Did you know? ? A child?s guidance counselor can help reverse a deferral. ? A parent can help get a child off a waiting list. ? There is a way for students to back out of Early Decision once they?ve been accepted.
Based on the controversial insider information Elizabeth Wissner-Gross has gleaned from working as a highly successful packager of high school students and from interviews with heads of admission at the nation?s top colleges, this book empowers parents by decoding the admissions process.
Not sure about the ethics of this book
By Medavinci - April 30, 2009
I don't like the way that some of the book is written, and I feel you shouldn't lie or manipulate people into giving your child grades not earned or recommendations they don't deserve. It seems the author would stop at nothing to get her own kids into the ivy league schools they are in. I have a problem with that. Her other book, What High Schools Don't Tell You, she listed summer programs that you could get from other books. She didn't include some of the best programs out there for kids in different disciplines, like theater for example. She took things she researched on the internet that looked good but were not necessarily so. The most important ones she simply left out. Not good.
I'd like to know when kids today have time for extracurriculars outside of school? The schools make it impossible to do anything but schoolwork 14 hours a day - 8 in school and 5-6 hours of homework starting in 8th grade! And if you do stay after school to partake in theater or sports,... read more
Morally bankrupt, and bad advice, to boot
By InfoDiva - December 14, 2006
Wissner-Gross has managed, in one slim volume, to put forth every college admissions "trick" ever invented for "packaging" an applicant. If you use these ideas, not only will college admissions committees be on to you in a heartbeat, but you risk sending a child out into the world who believes that being clever and deceptive is a substitute for being genuine.
Just some examples of the kinds of advice this book provides:
**Manipulate your child's class rank by having him take non-challenging, outside courses where a good grade is guaranteed.
**Remember, nice guys finish last. If your child is not named editor in chief of the school newspaper, don't let him settle for a lesser job.
**Fake interest in an unpopular major in order to tip the admission scales in your favor. (Geology, anyone?)
**If your child is not athletic, least have him express interest in the Crew team and contact the coach.
I know this book is written for the parents, but, as a student, I found this book to be EXTREMELY helpful. I'll tell you the difference right off the bat: as a high school senior, I applied to renowned universities like Johns Hopkins, Tufts, and Boston College, and was not admitted to any of them. I was forced to go to the one public school I applied to and was very bitter about it. The first year at my public college, I tried to transfer to Johns Hopkins, hoping that my previous wait-listed status meant I would make a terrific transfer student. I was rejected once again... Then I bought this book the following year, and I was able to get into every college I applied to after that, including Cornell. I went from being turned down by second-tier schools to getting accepted into the Ivy League.. all from taking advice from this book.
Other reviewers complain about the cut-throat and perhaps manipulative approach this book wants parents to take, but I didn't read this book as... read more
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