How to prepare a standout application, is one of the better books I have read regarding the college application process. While the authors are usually concerned with helping clients get in to Ivy League schools, the tips in the book apply to everyone. Their premise is that, based on GPA and standardized scores alone, a student is LMO, or Like Many Others. The authors aim to help you create an application that will help set you apart from the many other students whom you are like. The book covers many areas of the process, from extracurricular activities, college essay, and financial aid. The sections on essays are aid are thin, but have some useful examples for the reader. This one is worth owning, and earns a 3.5 / 4 stars from me.
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