Table of contents for Admission matters : what parents and students need to know about getting into college / Sally P. Springer, Marion R. Franck.

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@FCTX2:ONEWhy Has College Admissions Become So Competitive?
@FCTX3:It Used to Be Simple . . . But Not Anymore · The Echo Boom · Social Changes · The Role of the Internet · Where the Real Crunch Lies · Which Colleges Are the Most Selective? · Why Is There So Much Interest in Such a Small Group of Colleges? · The Importance of Fit · The Rankings Game · Concerns About Rankings · Why Are Rankings So Popular? · "I'll Make More Money If I Graduate from an Elite College": Another Myth · Getting into Graduate School · Looking Ahead
@FCTX2:TWOWhat Do Selective Colleges Look for in an Applicant?
@FCTX3:How College Admissions Has Changed · What Matters Now · The Academic Record · Standardized Tests · Engagement Beyond the Classroom: The Extracurricular Record · Personal Qualities: The Person Behind the Paper · Hooks · Fitting It All Together
@FCTX2:THREEHow Do Colleges Make Their Decisions?
@FCTX3:Who Works in Admissions? · Ambassadors and Gatekeepers · What Happens to Your File? · Reading and Rating · Tentative Decisions · Making the Final Decision · Building the Freshman Class · The Role of Your High School Counselor · A Word About Private Counselors · The Parents' Role · Taking Responsibility
@FCTX2:FOURHow Colleges (and Students) Differ: Finding What Fits
@FCTX3:So Many Choices: How Do You Begin? · Some Questions to Ask Yourself · Liberal Arts Colleges · Research Universities · What's in a Name? · Other Kinds of Four-Year Institutions · Which Kind of College Is Best for You? · Location, Location, Location · Size · Curriculum and Requirements · Colleges with Special Affiliations · The Intangibles · What Makes for a Quality Undergraduate Experience? · Getting the Information You Need 
@FCTX2:FIVEWhere Should You Apply?
@FCTX3:Start at Your Counseling Office ·	The College Visit · Selectivity and Your College List · How Long Should Your College List Be? · Determining Your Chances · Some Cautions About Data · Scattergrams Can Help · Have Eight First Choices · Self-Assessment and Research: The Keys to a Good College List· A Word About Finances
@FCTX2:SIXThe Big Tests
@FCTX3:Where Did the SAT Come From? · Concerns About the SAT · The New SAT · Is the SAT Coachable? · How Much Does the SAT Count? · How Does the PSAT/NMSQT Fit into the Picture? · When Should You Take the New SAT? · How Many Times Should You Take the Test? · Does Test Preparation Help? · Considering the ACT · Which Test Should You Take? · The Special Case of Special Accommodations · The SAT Subject Tests · A Special Word to Parents About Standardized Tests · A Postscript on the Future of the SAT
@FCTX2:SEVENDeciding About Early Decision and Other Early Options
@FCTX3:The Pros and Cons of Early Decision · Does Applying Early Help Your Chances? · The Early Advantage of Legacies · More Concerns About Early Decision · The Move to Single-Choice Early Action · Should You Apply Early Decision or Early Action? · More Things to Consider · Likely Letters and Early Notification · The Advantage of Thinking Early Even If You Decide Against Applying Early · And Humor Always Helps Keep Things in Perspective
@FCTX2:EIGHTApplying Well
@FCTX3:Getting Off to a Good Start · Should You Use the Common Application? · Writing an Effective Personal Essay · Getting Great Letters of Recommendation · Shining in Your Interview · Highlighting What You've Accomplished · Special Talent · The Special Case of the Student Athlete · Details, Details · Now What?
@FCTX2:NINEPaying the Bill
@FCTX3:How Do Colleges Determine Your Financial Need? · The Verification Process · Why Do Need-Based Packages Differ from College to College? · How Can You Estimate Your Financial Need? · What Goes into a Financial Aid Package? · How Is Your Package Put Together? · Will Your Need for Financial Aid Affect Your Chances for Admission? · What About Merit-Based Aid? · Seeking Scholarships · Should You Use a Scholarship Search Service? · Financial Aid and Your Decisions · A Word About Early Decision · Planning Ahead When Your Child Is Young
@FCTX2:TENMaking Your Decision After the Colleges Make Theirs
@FCTX3:How Will You Be Notified? · The Special Case of Early Decision · Accepted! · Denied or Deferred · What You Can Do If You Are Deferred · When It Is Your Turn to Decide · Spring Admits · Taking Another Look · Revisiting Financial Aid · How Wait-Lists Work · Deposit Ethics · A Word About Senioritis · Celebrate and Enjoy!
@FCTX2:ELEVENWhat Matters Most: Advice to Parents and Students
@FCTX3:Some Parting Thoughts for Parents · Some Parting Thoughts for Students
@FCTX3:College Research Worksheet · Common Application 2004-2005 · Teacher Evaluation · School Report · Midyear Report · Sample Student Information Sheet for Letters of Recommendation · Financial Aid Comparison Worksheet · Cost of Attendance Worksheet
@FCTX2:College Preparation Time Line
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Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Universities and colleges -- United States -- Admission.
College choice -- United States.