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Sunday, October 17, 2004
Getting in
You've made your choice, but that's only the half of it. Now you've got to make sure you get accepted to the college you want.

Winning strategies for getting in
Admissions officers suggest ways to increase your chances. Also:   · Courseload requirements for getting in

Yale vs. UW: What they look for
Extras help at big-name schools; public schools are bound to an admissions formula.

Parents: when to help, when to butt out
A word of advice for parents of kids in the throes of the college-admissions process: Back off.

Boning up for the tests
Extra help is available, both free and for a price. We look at whether the money is well spent.

SAT vs. ACT: Which one should you take?
Most colleges accept scores from either. Try practice tests to see which suits you.

Essay added to SAT
The college-entrance exam is undergoing several changes next spring. Also:
  · Sample essay assignment
  · Who takes the SAT

How to choose if several colleges choose you
Say you apply to six colleges and the acceptances flood in. Should you go for prestige?

Handling a college waiting list
Why you might be placed on a waiting list, how colleges decide whom to admit and more. With a Q&A.


My first-year college surprises


Universities can't handle growing state population


"Up Your Score"
Written by students who aced the SAT.

Read real-life college essays critiqued.

Common Application
Voilà! — a form you can mail off to several colleges at once.

"Get Into Any College: Secrets of Harvard Students"
More lively than most.

"Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions"
Questions not often covered elsewhere.

"The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College"
A must-read for anyone aiming for a "selective" university.

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