The Truth about College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting in and Staying Together


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Johns Hopkins University Press
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7.2 X 9.6 X 1.0 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Brennan Barnard is the director of college counseling for Khan Lab School and for the College Guidance Network. He also serves as the college admission program advisor for the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Making Caring Common project. Rick Clark is the assistant vice provost and executive director of undergraduate admission at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


In a time when the college admission process seems fraught with mystery, anxiety, and competitiveness, this book achieves something most college guides don't: it balances the why with the how. The authors guide students and families through the deeper questions of why they want to go to college and what they hope to achieve. They then demystify the process and provide tactical and solutions-driven support for a student's journey to higher education. If you are looking for a book to help you navigate the admission process with passion and purpose, this is the one.
--Dr. Angel B. Pérez, CEO, National Association for College Admission Counseling
THE admission guidebook for families that will take them through the entire college admissions process.
--Maureen Fenton, Grown & Flown
At last, a book about the college admission process that doesn't promise secret tips for admission (hint--there are none!) but instead provides advice from two respected and experienced professionals. If families are looking for how to manage the college admission process in an ethical, thoughtful, student-centered way, this book provides an important road map written in a way that even the most reluctant student will find engaging.
--Thyra L. Briggs, Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid, Harvey Mudd College
Honest, insightful, and practical. Barnard and Clark give straightforward guidance to families working to make sense of an ever-changing higher education landscape. Their experiences and reflections provide organization to a process that can feel, at times, overwhelming.
--Erica Sanders, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Michigan