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The Truth About Getting In: A Top College Advisor Tells You Everything You Need to Know [Hardcover]

By Katherine Cohen (Author)
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A private college counselor who has placed hundreds of students in the Ivy League as well as the most competitive colleges in the country reveals the truths and myths about getting into the best colleges.

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It used to be that any college applicant with stellar SAT scores and a high grade point average was a shoo-in for the school of his or her choice. Not anymore. These days it takes a great application, too. The extracurricular activities or brag sheet, personal essay, and interview all weigh heavily in the acceptance process.
As a private college admissions counselor, Dr. Katherine Cohen has placed 75% of her clients into their top-choice college. Now, for the first time, she offers her successful program in a book complete with worksheets, timelines, and checklists, to help students demystify the college admissions process and get into the school of their choice.

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The Truth About Getting In: A Top College Advisor Tells You Everything You Need to Know by Katherine Cohen has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Booklist - 03/15/2002 page 1247
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2003 page 18
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 219

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Hyperion
Pages   252
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.76" Width: 6.56" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 3, 2002
Publisher   Hyperion
Age  18-17
ISBN  0786887478  
ISBN13  9780786887477  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! A graduate of Brown University and Yale University, Katherine Cohen, Ph.D., founded her private counseling practice, IvyWise, in 1997. She holds a certification in college admissions counseling from UCLA. Dr. Cohen lives in New York City.

Katherine Cohen currently resides in New York, in the state of New York. Katherine Cohen was born in 1967.

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Good but could be better  Jul 17, 2007
This book has some good advice for students (and parents) who are starting early in the process (like 9th or 10th grade). You're not going to get a lot out of it if you're already a senior, as Cohen spends the majority of the book talking about the importance of course selection, building relationships with your teachers throughout high school, consistent extracurricular involvement, etc. If you're a senior, and you just want to focus on putting together a good application, I recommend another of Cohen's books: Rock Hard Apps. It is devoted more toward evaluating the good, the bad, and the ugly of actual college applications.

There are two reasons I give The Truth About Getting In 3 stars and not 4 or 5.

The first is that Cohen appears to have a condescending attitude about not only public high schools but also public colleges and universities. It appears that she thinks Ivy League and other highly selective schools are the only ones that actually require some effort and planning to get into, and this simply isn't true. There are lots of public high schools and public universities with very strong academic reputations. And the top public universities (UC-Berkeley, UVA, Texas, Michigan, UNC, etc.) can often be just as difficult to get into as the Stanfords and Browns of the world, due in part to the sheer volume of applications these schools receive. But Cohen makes little attempt to discuss the intricacies of admission into these schools. She just assumes that if it's good enough for the Ivy League, it's good enough for anyone.

The second reason I did not rate the book higher is because of the constant references to how smart and accomplished Cohen is. Early in the book, she brags about having never received even a B on a test until an AP Physics class. Then, she makes it a point to say that she ended up getting a 4 on the AP Physics exam and that it meant more to her than all the 5s she got on her other AP exams because she had to work harder for it. And this is just one of many examples of her self-serving "advice."

Bottom line, there are other books out there that offer the same information (Michelle Hernandez's A is for Admission is a good one) without all of the attitude.
Yuppie College How To  Jul 3, 2007
If you already know the names of all the ivy league schools, and are simply debating which ones to apply to, this book is for you. The Truth About Getting In is for upper middle class parents and students who need one more guide book before junior takes his final SAT.
A good guide -- particularly for essays and brag sheets  Feb 15, 2007
Cohen provides a sobering overview of the college admission process with respect to the top tier one schools. It should be noted that many very good schools with rankings below 40 in the US News and World Report ranking scheme accept over 50% of applicants. That having been said, if you are considering matriculating to an Ivy League school, a so called Little Ivy, or even a Southern Ivy or Public Ivy, this book is a good one to read.

In order to get the most from the book, I would suggest reading Michele Hernandez' book "A is for Admission" as well since it deals more strongly with the Academic Index and Tagging factors. But, for an excellent resource on brag sheets, extracurricular activities, and essay assistance, Katherine Cohen's book is an excellent read. Beyond this, I would say that both IvyWise (Katherine Cohen company) and Hernandez College Consulting are excellent groups with good track records, irresepective of a few high profile goofs. If you cannot afford their $30k - $40k price tag for personal assistance (and very few can), read their books.

Cohen's writing style is straightforward, polished, and easy to digest. Her essay section is wonderful and a delight to read. Her brag sheet section is outstanding and simple to implement.
Don't Waste Your Money  Feb 28, 2006
Nothing in this book directed itself to anything but one issue -- can you organize yourself AND make yourself the "ideal applicant" for the process of getting into a "choice" college. More particularly, can you create a self portrait of yourself to get into an almost-impossible-to-get-into college which you believe will deliver to you a better education and better . . . everything?

If you are lazy, then maybe this is your one last chance to realize that the college admissions process will take more than 2 hours on a Saturday afternoon. But, I think even the most naive know this fact.

If you think the process requires planning and time, then use the time it would take you to read this book to good use -- such as preparing the Common Application's essay.

This book does the ultimate bad -- this book, like too many college counselors, nudges (or is it forcefuly pushing) teenagers to become involved in activities for the exclusive purpose of making better resumes for college admissions offices.

The preface which this book hinges upon is this: the better known schools will make your child's college education more enjoyable. This wrong premise is what creates the main problem of this book.

This book is truly directed toward the aggressive parents who follow the above-stated premise. Parents, let the natural process of selection deliver your child to the school which fits his or her needs -- which will deliver to the parent what any parent wants for his or her child: happiness. The result of this book's dogma, which seeks to encourage resume inflation and direct high school students to entertain activities for the (exclusive?)purpose of college selection, could well too often result with young men and women attending schools of their parents' choice, not their own. And, I ask, does the parents' decision deliver more or less happiness to the student?

Don't waste your money by reading about the need to have your child's life be molded for a college application. With 2,000 choices out there, it is obvious that the application process is to match the teenager's interests to the college -- not for the teenager to mold himself or herself (whether it be their own decision or that of parents)to the college's perceived appropriate applicant character.

College application is about matching the student to the school -- not about making the student become the school's ideal applicant.

If you want good books on the topic of college admissions, seek those which characterize the schools and allow you to see if the college described is "the place where YOU should go." There are three great books which handle this question: "The College Admissions Mystique" by Bill Mayher and "Looking beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That's Right for You" by Loren Pope and "Colleges that Change People's Lives" by Loren Pope. Also, the little narratives in Fiske often depict character in the school which may tell the reader "that's junior" or alternatively "boy, would my kid not fit in a place like that."

Stay away from this and similar books. One book "A Is for Admission: The Insider's Guide to Getting into the Ivy League and Other Top Colleges" by Michele A. Hernandez specifically warns you to avoid these books -- even admitting that such statement is detrimental to her publisher which prints such books at a substantial profit.

Take the round peg and find the slot to which it fits; do not attempt to put the round peg into the square slot.
Unparalleled to Other College Admissions Books!!  Jun 23, 2005
This is a letter I wrote to Katherine Cohen, author of this book as well as Rock Hard Apps, another book I highly recommend.I was compelled to write this letter after her books left such an impression on me.

Hi Katherine.
I just wanted to take the time to thank you for writing two terrific books. I recently purchased your book, The Truth About Getting In, and found it so engaging that I had to pick up Rock Hard Apps as well.
I am strongly considering applying early to Princeton and your books gave me added confidence. In fact, I just completed my "brag sheet." I am an only child, so my family does not have much experience with the college admissions process. Before reading your books, the process seemed overwhelming and daunting, but now, I know exactly what I have to do to put my best foot forward and distinguish myself from other applicants. It may sound corny, but the admissions process and formulation of my application now seem more like an adventure.
As I was reading your books, I felt as if I were sitting right next to you receiving a private consultation. While writing this email, I feel more as if I'm writing to a close friend than an accomplished college counselor. If you have the ability to make such a profound impact through your words, I can only imagine the impact you have on your students.
When I put your books down, I actually felt like I had gained an inside look into the college admissions process. You do not lie. You truly reveal the "truth about getting in." All other college books I've read seem superficial compared to yours. I will take what you have taught me and do my best to apply it to my Princeton application as I work on completing it this summer.
Once again, thank you. I hope I will be able to attain success in my endeavors with your wisdom behind me. I will keep you posted!

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