Every year hundreds of thousands of prospective college students apply for college and only a few get in. The application process can be grueling and frustrating and it’s always good to have as much help as possible. “How to Prepare a Standout College Application” by Alison Cooper Chisolm and Anna Ivey is a great reference tool for parents and applicants alike.
In this book subtitled ‘Expert Advice that Takes You From LMO* (*Like Many Others) to Admit’ the authors provide step by step guidance from choosing where to apply to submitting the application. In the Preface they admit that everyone starts off as an LMO because there are plenty of qualified applicants out there. The one thing that can make a difference is turning in a well-prepared and compelling application and that’s where they come in. They are experienced admissions experts and know the admissions process inside and out.
“How to Prepare a Standout College Application” is divided into three parts: Part 1 Getting Started, Part Two Completing the Application and Part Three Crossing the Finish Line. Their advice centers on their seven proven strategies:
- Work Smarter, Not Harder
- Think Like an Admissions Officer
- Tell Your Story
- Focus on the Core Four – Passion, Talent, Initiative and Impact
- Sweat the Details
- Make the Form Work for You
- Show, Don’t Tell
This is indeed a very useful reference guide for anyone thinking about college. There are sections for applicants and parents and every step of the application process is dissected and analyzed to give applicants a fair chance to succeed. It works best when it is consulted during each phase of the process.
*A copy of this book was given for an honest review.