Mamlet, a former dean of admissions at a number of well-known universities, teams up with journalist and parent VanDeVelde to create a practical and easy-to-understand primer on college admissions.
“We’ll have the best advice, strategies, and recommendations for you, whether you want to attend your state university, a midsized college, or a small liberal arts school,” the authors write in the first chapter. Those looking to stake their claim to an Ivy League spot will find instruction here as well, but the authors warn that the path will be steeper. Starting off with an overview of the application process, replete with statistics, the authors draw upon their combined 23 years experience in college admissions to demystify an often overwhelming procedure. Their broad yet intricately detailed guide is intended for both parents and students alike and touches on everything from testing to interviews to financial aid. The most anxiety-inducing part of the process, penning a college essay, is dissected down to the cellular level, including a helpful schematic on how to organize essay drafts and include relevant personal information. Appendices include a four-year timeline of the process and recommended courses of study. Resources for a variety of students, including those who are undocumented and those considering a gap year, are also provided.
Jittery high-school seniors would be wise to take a deep breath and repeat after Mamlet and VanDeVelde: “Getting into college is not rocket science. It’s a lot of work, but it can be done.” They’re here to show readers how.