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An Insider′s Look into the College Application Process The Secrets of Picking a College (and Getting In!) provides 600 tips and techniques for the college application process from people who know the system best: a former admissions officer, two college professors, and a college–bound high–school senior. Newly revised with tips for the 2015–2016 Common App Essay Prompts and the 2016 SAT, this practical book offers insider tips to evaluate potential schools, pick the right fit, and present a compelling application. The Secrets of Picking a College (and Getting In!) includes everything you need in an accessible format including insight on the top ten stages of the college application process: 1. Developing a list of potential colleges 2. Getting suitable information from college fairs, college nights, and rep visits 3. Evaluating your financial need, applying for aid, and finding scholarships 4. Visiting campuses why you should explore colleges in person, when you should plan a visit, and how to schedule your trip 5. Preparing for the SATs and ACTs 6. Perfecting your application: the Common App essay, extracurricular reports, letters of recommendation, and supplements 7. Determining the preferences and expectations of admissions officers 8. Deciding how to apply early decision, early action, or regular decision 9. Presenting your best self in the on–campus or alumni interview 10. Making your final choice and improving the school′s offer The Secrets of Picking a College (and Getting In!) takes the stress out of college planning. It helps you pick the best college for you and improves your chances for admission.